M is for...

Writing can be an incredible mindfulness practice.

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

M is for Mandala.

Today's project follows on from Project L. You will be creating a mandala by using a selection of letter shapes to make patterns within a circular shape.

Mini project

You will need some paper sheets to draw on with felt-tip pen to practice creating your basic mandala design with. The final artwork will be created on watercolour paper, so have this ready.

Mandala is Sanskrit for circle. A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically. A microcosm of the universe and is usually round.

With the idea of a mandala as circular artwork, letters will be the basic design element. The intention is to use letters and even numbers that are of importance to us. A monogram, the word love, the name of a loved one, a poem, a special date or combination can be incorporated in your design.

Prepare for the mandala by drawing a circle on the folio sheet, dividing this into create four-quarter shapes. Look at the five drawings and video for a basic idea. Make more patterns, link the letters and repeat in the different quarters, create a pattern. The letters can become obscure, can be of different sizes, and can have dimension and distortions: create your own unique pattern.

Practice with a variety of layouts and ideas and patterns.

If you want to create an artwork on watercolour paper, place the drawing against a window or another light source with the sheet on top. Trace the design in pencil or improvise with more freestyle drawings.

The drawing on the watercolour paper forms the outline for your artwork. How will you create your artwork? The high flow ink can be used for outlines, as an alternative you can leave them faint and focus on colour blocks instead.

Some mandala and colour inspirations:



You're welcome to share your outcomes in the group’s Facebook page. Please don't post course material or outcomes to to other public Internet sites or to social media.

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