I’ve long been drawn to mandalas – to their symmetry, their beauty and, most of all, to the calmness that they evoke. But I’ve always been afraid of trying to draw them. This year, though, I finally took the plunge.
And it was so hard! Whoever said dividing a circle into 12 equal pies is easy, is lying! I wish I could show you how many pieces of paper I crumpled up and threw and how many tears I shed just trying to draw those 12 symmetrical pies. By the end of it, I’d much rather have been eating apple pie, and I’m not even that fond of it! And when I finally did manage to get it divided up, drawing symmetrical shapes in that circle gave me nightmares!
By the time I got my “practice” mandala ready, I was so stressed out, that I just traced it onto another piece of paper and used it as a template on this piece. No more trying to hand draw a mandala, no sir-ee! And don’t you dare ask me how to divide that circle. I managed it once, I doubt I can do it again!
But, I did enjoy the process of painting it! I layered magazine images, meaningful symbols, and stencils, and then traced the mandala over it and painted it in with Uni Posca paint pens. I left some of the shapes unpainted to let the layers show through. This particular piece is done on watercolor paper. I plan to do another one on canvas board soon.
What? I still have this mandala template – I’m guarding it with my life!
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