BC: Designs copyright Alison Jameson and students, 2008
FC: Mandalas: Creations from the Heart
1: The word "mandala" comes from Sanskrit, and means "circle." Many religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism and Native American traditions, create intricate mandalas in meditation and healing ceremonies, often culminating in the destruction of the mandala. The eminent psychoanalyst Carl Jung discovered the therapeutic value of mandalas in the early 20th century. In creating your mandala, consider the many different media available to you. You may wish to make a temporary mandala and then dispose of it, or a more lasting one to keep. It may be round or square or even triangular. Allow yourself the time to enjoy the process, for it is the process that matters, not the final product. The following pages are for inspiration only.
2: Use elements from nature to create your mandala - dried leaves or live flowers; later, sweep away the mandala into a stream or river.
3: Alternatively, you can use photoshop or a similar type of program to manipulate photos of plants and flowers, such as the above swirl of roses, or the mandala below, which was created from photographs of fungi taken under a microscope.
5: Vellum is an interesting paper to use with either gel markers or colored pencils, because of its transparency. It gives the mandala a luminous quality, particularly when shading techniques are applied.
6: Using fine-bladed scissors and careful cutting, lovely effects can be created with cut paper. Feathers added to the mandala on the right give it the feel of a dream catcher..
7: These mandalas are simple - just pen and marker, with a Japanese theme that includes Godzilla.
8: Sometimes, changing the color of the paper you use is all you need in order to bring drama to your creation.
10: For something new, open up your circle . . .
11: Or change the shape entirely - mandalas do not have to be circu- lar!
12: Paint - acrlyic or watercolor - is another good medium to explore in creating mandalas.
14: Mandalas work well in other media, too. You can knit and embroider them, or create them in fabrics.
17: The top piece is both a mandala and a labyrinth (one traces the same path inwards and outwards). It is made of tiles on grout, with fine wire symbols inlaid around the perimeter. The bottom piece is a garden tile made of cement, with inlaid stones applied before the cement had set. The piece was painted using stencils after the cement set.
18: Make your mandala on a wooden tabletop, or on the surface of a mirror!
19: Make it temporary, and let it be washed out to sea on the tide . . . .
20: A mandala can use words as art . . .
21: . . . or even be a joke!
22: A mandala can express your fantasies.
23: A mandala | can even be | chocolate! | made out of