I find myself drawn toward mandalas these days. Its easy to construct mandalas by combining simple shapes and patterns along the axes. And, as with other Zentangle Art, you rotate the tile or paper as you repeat the patterns, so that your hand can repeat the same motion pattern each time. This gets you into the “zone”.
What actually IS a mandala?
Mandalas are a timeless masterpiece, rich with traditions and symbolism. Each mandala is unique and conveys different meanings depending on who made it and what philosophies are believed by that individual. Mandalas are generally considered sacred objects with important teachings and a deity given to each one. Found in many different cultures and religions, from Buddhism, Hindu, Celtic, Native Americans, and many more the mandala has become a major symbol throughout history and even today. Yet many people don’t realize the significance or cultural meaning of this mighty symbol.
While the origin of the word mandala is still debated, most people believe it comes from a Sanskrit word meaning circle, and suggesting the etymology of the word itself actually means a container of essence. While the origin if the word is debatable, what is agreed upon is that a mandala is generally a circle with dividing lines separating it into several quadrants. Each quadrant represents a different theme and starts at the center of the circle working outward, generally a deity is depicted at the center of the mandala but it is not unusual for a mandala to be completely geometric.
— Meaning of Mandalas
Like Zentangle, mandalas can be strings that are filled with pattern
Mandala strings can be drawn with compasses
Mandala strings can be drawn freeform
Mandala strings can be asymmetrical
Mandalas can have color
Mandalas can be constructed by building shapes and patterns along axes
They can even combine with Celtic Knots.
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