22 September 2011

Meaning, Function and Creation. Post 4

Posted by Jody under: Art and Music Therapy .

Start a notebook and list your Mandala’s progress in it with dates and what comes to your mind when viewing your Mandala. Place your drawing where you can look at it regularly and learn from it. Let the Mandala explain its inner meanings to you and write them in your notebook. As you continue the process’ you will soon have a powerful Mandala with personal meaning and perhaps meaning for others too. Enjoy the process.

Drawing method two

This method will use a dynamic of precision and symmetry. You will need drafting equipment, (compass, straight edge, triangles, etc.). The geometric mandala is wonderful for beautiful, symmetric designs that can bring a high degree of order and harmony to the mind. Work in pencil so you can erase unwanted lines later. We will learn a simple process for this example, later you can get as complex as you desire. Prepare yourself with a meditation. Use the compass to draw a large circle in the center of your paper.

Divide the circle in four equal parts with lines going through the center of the circle. Use these lines to set the compass for smaller circles inside the large circle. Keep everything symmetrical, where a circle overlaps you can use that point as a center for another circle. Straight lines can be from point to point, developing even more shapes. An example is below:

Keep drawing until you have a basic design with which you would like to work. Use colored pencils or crayons to color in selected shapes. The effect of this type of Mandala can be like a Kaleidoscope, very beautiful and a great deal of fun. Let the Mandala be part of your life for self-therapy, health and joy.

The painted Mandalas used in this article were made on 2′ X 2′ cloth with stone ground pigments and are symbolic symmetrical free form representations.

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