Mandala Making: Sacred Geometries
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Mandala Making Art and Sacred Geometry Design

Learn How to Design Your Own Mandalas

Blue & Orange Mandalaman•da•la  (n): Any of various ritualistic geometric designs symbolic of the universe, used in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation. —Dictionary.com

The mandala may traditionally be used as a spiritual tool for meditation, but it can also be treated as a contemplative work of art or therapuetic creative expression release. They need not be elaborate; you can doodle mandalas with crayons or markers or make them intricate artworks with paint, collage, and color pencils. Artists of all kinds are intrigued by the endless creative possibilities that exist in these sacred circles, the intricate design work that is often based on the step-and-repeat principle, center, and symmetry.

If you are interested in learning more about mandalas and their history and creating your own by hand or with graphic software, explore the following articles, projects, and useful resources compiled here about mandala making, types, and symbolism.

Free Mandala Inspirations eBook!

Meditation Mandalas by Chris DunmireMandala Meditations: Nature Inspired Geometry and Reflections by Chris Dunmire
Want some inspirational visuals for your own mandala art making? Download Chris Dunmire's free printable digital mandala book featuring a visually stunning collection of 12 mandalas created from scenes and objects from her nature photos of birds, sunflowers, mountains, trees, and celestial wonders.

Online Mandala Workshop

Emelisa Mudle's Mandala Workshop: A Gentle Reflection
Put aside one hour and create a beautiful place to be alone, light a candle, and put on some gentle music while following this gentle guide to creating your own mandala in any medium you choose.

Instructional Mandala Making Sites and Free Printable Coloring Page Sources

Kathryn Costa and Megan Warren's 100mandalas.org
100 Mandalas Challenge: You are invited to create 100 mandalas in 100 days (they don't have to be consecutive days). Each week different themes and art techniques are explored at 100mandalas.org.

Creating Mandalas for Insight, Healing and Self-Expression
CreatingMandalas.com is the website of Susanne Fincher, author of a number of books including, "The Mandala Workbook" and the "Coloring Mandala" books. Site includes mandala history, videos on creating and interpreting mandalas, and printable mandala coloring pages to download.

Cool Art Therapy Intervention: Mandala Drawing
An illustrated feature from Psychology Today focusing on 'the circle game that soothes and illuminates the Self.' "According to Jung, mandalas symbolize 'a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness.' They have the potential to call forth something universal within, perhaps even the proverbial archetypal Self. ... If you want to try your hand at creating your own mandala drawings, all you need are a set of good colored pencils or oil pastels, graphite pencil and eraser, ruler, paper, and a round plate or compass to make a circle."

The Mandala Project
A wonderful place that teaches about the mandala pattern, mandala's in nature, art, and culture. This informational site includes the 'mandala approach to teaching' and information about the mandala and labyrinth projects.

Simple Geometric MandalaCheryl Finley's Mandala Oasis
Creativity coach, Soul Collage® facilitator, and founder of the Yahoo! Mandala Oasis Community, Cheryl Finley shows you how to Create Your Own Mandalas in several project tutorials and showcases her own mandalas and creative journey on her creativity-inspiring blog.

Buddhist Craft Activities: Making Mandalas
Learn how mandalas have evolved as a meditation object for awareness and concentration techniques. Understand the design techniques to mandala making (center and symmetry), and view sample mandalas to inspire your own craft.

Mandala: The Art of Power ... the Power of Art
Ray Whiting's Web site features a contemplative hands-on tutorial for drawing and working with your own mandalas, a description of mandala types, and a gallery of beautiful mandala art.

Online Mandala Makers & Photoshop Tutorials

How to Make a Mandala in Photoshop
Modern Gypsy's simple step-by-step tutorial for making digital mandalas in Photoshop. Knowledge of advanced software features / techniques recommended.

Ray Rasmussen's Making Mandala Lesson
A detailed mandala making lesson that provides an image for you to use in Photoshop and plenty of instruction / commentary on the process.

Ruth Temple's Mandala Gallery
A showcase of mandala art "sacred geometries" by Ruth Temple with brief descriptions of how they were created.

Updated 1/11/15

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