Back in August, I started to do a little "research", and checked out a couple of books from the library about mandalas.
|Some of my mandala note-taking|
Bailey Cunningham explained in Mandala: Journey to the Center, that "the circle becomes a container to hold your most cherished ideas and emotions. You organize your thoughts around a central point that represents a particular theme or concept, and express ideas and meanings by choosing symbols and colors that reflect your intent."
Just two weeks ago, I came across Rainy's website, Honey & Ollie, and I noticed she had a mandala tutorial in the left margin of her page. She describes a mandala as "a meditation that you build up in layers. Work from the inside to the outside." Simply put a dot, spiral, flower, circle, etc. at the center, and then build up your design around it. She provided a link to a web site with basic henna motifs, and suddenly it all kind of clicked in place for me.
Zentangles I have been enjoying all year. They look so complex and difficult when looked at as a whole, but when you just make one mark at a time, and let the patterns build up over the page, it's a simple but focused process.
Warren's web site, The Doodle Daily, has opened up another whole set of mandala symbols to incorporate into my designs. I don't think I have anything symbolic going on in my drawings so far. Right now, I still feel like I'm getting used to the process, and exploring design and pattern options. I do lots and lots of thinking while I'm drawing, though, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if my work gets more personally symbolic when the designs and patterns come to me naturally, rather than from me looking on the computer for ideas to copy or incorporate.
|This mandala is a copy of one of Warren's designs.|
Have your read about mandalas, or created them yourself? I have MUCH to learn, so please share your knowledge and resources with me in your comments.