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Thinking about Mandalas

Thinking about Mandalas

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?

Freeform Mandala, Color on Lokte

Freeform Mandala, Color on Lokte

 

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

Mandala

Mandala strings can be drawn with compasses

Mandala using Compass for String

Mandala using Compass for String

Mandala strings can be drawn freeform

Mandala, Color on Renaissance Tile

Mandala, Color on Renaissance Tile

Mandala strings can be asymmetrical

Freeform Asymmetric Mandala

Freeform Asymmetric Mandala

Mandalas can have color

Freeform Floritanglia Mandala with Color (Forest Floor Collection)

Freeform Floritanglia Mandala with Color (Forest Floor Collection)

Mandalas can be constructed by building shapes and patterns along axes

Metallic Mandala

Metallic Mandala

Metallic Mandala

Metallic Mandala

They can even combine with Celtic Knots.

Metallic Celtic Knot Mandala

Metallic Celtic Knot Mandala

There are so many ways to draw Mandalas!

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Downtown Jammy Retreat 2014 Artwork Slideshow

Downtown Jammy Retreat 2014 Artwork Slideshow

Here are some images of the Floritanglia and Taste of Color classes at the Downtown Jammy Retreat

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Floritanglia meets Color!

Floritanglia meets Color!

A full day of Zentangle Inspired Fun with back to back classes this fall!

In the morning, we will explore my new “thing”…

Floritanglia.

 

Floritanglia Tree 2

Floritanglia Tree 2

Floritanglia Flower 1

Floritanglia Flower 1

In this class, we INVENT all kinds of new fantastical flowers, vines, trees.  We take simple elements and combine them to create complex and wonderful botanically inspired designs.  We will create two pieces using this process.


Then in the afternoon we will be exploring color!

A Taste of Color

 

Here we will explore some neat tricks and techniques for creating beautiful and harmonious color palettes. Using high quality Caran d’Ache Supracolor Watercolor pencil collections, 6  colors specially chosen to work together to create a particular mood, we will learn how to blend, layer and glaze to create wonderful, deep and complex colors.  The class fee INCLUDES the one Pencil Collection of your choice

Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors

Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors

Zentangle Inspired Art, Forest Floor Supracolor Collection

Zentangle Inspired Art, Forest Floor Supracolor Collection

Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors

Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors

 

Zentangle Inspired Art, Forest Floor Supracolor Collection

Zentangle Inspired Art, Forest Floor Supracolor Collection


View some examples from the 2014 Downtown Retreat, Laingsburg Michigan


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