Have you ever had that feeling – let me do something different today. Something that is refreshing, new, exciting and a lot of fun. Mandala Design is one such hobby that will bring out the best in you while making you feel energized, pumped and most importantly happy.
Meet Annu – the author of this post. She and I got in touch a few months back through my husband. Annu has her own youtube channel called Creative Chhori where she teaches Mandala Design along with a whole lot of creative art crafts.
So what is this Mandala Design?
“Mandala” is a Sanskrit word which means the universe. The term has been there since the time of Rigveda but used mostly as a spiritual guidance tool by Buddhismaids. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a centre point which exhibits radial balance.
It is also used in pujas and sadhanas by Hindu saints and are called “yantras”. These drawings are precise geometrical drawings usually made up of circles and squares. They were often used to depict a meaning. If you happen to visit Jaipur sometime, you would find mandalas like chakrabaja which explains the meaning of soul.
How does one draw this?
What we draw today is an art form that usually has repetitive patterns distributed equally over a circle. This has mainly come from African tribal regions and later on expanded to other regions. I am assuming bohemians were the people who took it to this interesting tropical design that it spread widely with the name boho art. Other names of these drawings are zentangles, zen art pointing to their Chinese origins.
How did I get into this?
I started drawing mandalas for my YouTube videos for people to leave the phobia of their complexity and to embrace the perfect way of art meditations. After an overwhelming response from the viewers, I started making more such videos involving different tips and tricks required to make different shapes of mandalas(well I still call it that).
Drawing these complex geometric design helps you learn patience and focus. Well for a person like me with zero patience, it sure worked right.
How do I make one?
Just grab a pen and a paper and get ready to draw your first mandala, just make sure whatever you draw communicates you and the meaning you want it to present. You can also follow some YouTube tutorials to help you draw the mandala designs.
To sum up I would like to quote Carl Jung here who said “I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, … which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. … Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is: … the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious.”
Annu also does a lot of beautiful greeting card designs, colourful crafts and more on her channel. You can stalk her on her social media pages below: