Creating mandalas – drawing a mandala

Exciting news! As I type this it’s late Friday afternoon, I am anxiously and excitedly waiting for tomorrow morning.

An event company based in Malaysia called Makers & Co will be having an International Women’s Day bazaar themed “Superwoman” AND I’m participating in it! It’ll be my very first attempt opening a little “stall” at a bazaar and conducting a little workshop at the same time.

Right now, the only things I know are:

  1. I have a small table allocated to me.
  2. The “workshop” will basically invite anyone who wish to colour a mandala which, I will then “read” for them.
  3. Since it’s just one table, only 2-3 people would be able to do so at a time.
  4. I am hoping to sell my colouring book and some mandala prints.
  5. I’m sort of terrified that my little table is either going to be too small to hold everything I want OR it’s just going to look quite plain.
  6. I have packed everything into a suitcase with rollers (and it’s quite heavy) and am not sure if I’ve over packed.

I’m excited in a not too overly excited-I can’t sit still way but more of an I’m excited-can’t focus on anything at this moment feeling.

I created 4 mandalas for this event. 2 for adults and 2 for kids. I’m planning to take lots of pictures and hopefully be able to grab short videos as well.

I also don’t have a business card because…I didn’t get to send the artwork in yet, because I’m just that…awesome.

Ok, I’m going to jump in to the actual post on drawing mandalas before I ramble off a full novella 😉

Drawing a mandala

There are basically two ways to draw a mandala, either with a frame/structure or without. I personally am more comfortable with a frame. For one, I am terrible at judging distance without any sort of frame to guide me and it makes me mandalas look haphazard.

To me, drawing a mandala with a frame also teaches me that though I have structure, this structure can be modified. I can used different angles and different widths of each inner. Even though the lines are there, the patterns within it can overlap, creating a myriad of different looks. I guess, when we translate that into our life, it teaches that though there are certain laws of nature, certain guidelines within our life it is only there to guide us. To support us. What we decide to do with it and how we live our life, is our choice.

I also start drawing from the centre out. Does that mean you can’t draw the patterns from the outside in? No. It doesn’t mean that at all.

Starting from the centre and moving out gives me this feeling of a flower blooming. A journey that starts from the first small step, expanding out into the world, into my mind, into my heart,into my imagination. That is why I love drawing my mandalas from the outside in.

Imagining myself drawing the patterns from the largest circle inwards gives me a feeling of…”I am not ready yet”. It feels as if it is a walk from my personality, my “without” going deep into my within. The self walking through the journey to the Self. I don’t know why it gives me such a feeling but it’s there.

In the Aura Soma system, the mandala or colour wheel actually represents that. The “outward” journey from the centre out, while moving into the colour wheel, into the centre of Bottle 54 (clear over clear) is the journey within. Imagine it was a journey that one takes after going through one’s lessons, learning from them, growing from these experiences and then taking the same journey, but back into the Self, with a clearer understanding and with more “light” within the colours.

Whichever way you decide to create your mandala – with or without a framework, going from inside out or outside in – the idea is to enjoy yourself. Immersing yourself as the patterns take shape, allowing themselves to take shape. And just like in colouring a mandala, it teaches us to not judge each individual ring of pattern but to look at it as a whole and appreciate that which it has become.

Here’s the video of 2 mandalas being drawn for the workshop and hope you enjoy it!

If you enjoyed the video and want to see more, kindly like, subscribe and share it around 🙂 Thank you!

P.S: I will try to post any pictures and little videos for my next blog if all goes well!

6 thoughts on “Creating mandalas – drawing a mandala

    1. Tom!! I have missed you and your writing. As I promised Sue, I shall drop by for a visit 🙂 Right now, I’m trying to get things organised, more in my head than any where else. Hehe. And you should try it! I am so sure you would create magical mandalas 😀

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    1. Thank you, Sue! It just got done this weekend. It was physically draining…I think being an introvert, being in a place with a lot of people for long hours and two continuous days was a bit much, BUT I really, really enjoyed it and would love to do more of these. There weren’t many people at my stall but I actually made a little bit from it and learned a lot. Will be posting pictures and what I learned soon. Hugs.

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      1. Wonderful, I know what its like standing on a stall all day. I did a little at a local church and tried to sell some of my painting on tins etc I did a few years ago, I didn’t sell much, but loved chatting with people.

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