My Mandalas

[soooo due to some unforeseen drama I lost a lot of my old site – so I’m redoing a few posts. completely lost my ‘less drinking’ post which really sucks ’cause you guys loved that. can’t for the life of me remember a damn thing. but i’m going to try.]

I started drawing Mandalas to get back into my art in general. I used to draw and paint quite a lot and have lost any semblance of technique I had. But above that I was actually dying to get a Mandala tattoo and thought something I’d designed myself would be wonderful. So I began the practice. You can see below that it’s a clear case of getting better with time and patience 🙂 Each of these takes at least a many some few hours. I actually time the next one.

Blah blah mandalas I draw them here lookie 😀

Okay some background for interest –

Mandalas constructed from sand are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to effect purification and healing. Typically, a great teacher chooses the specific mandala to be created. Monks then begin construction of the sand mandala by consecrating the site with sacred chants and music. Next, they make a detailed drawing from memory. Over a number of days, they fill in the design with millions of grains of colored sand. At its completion, the mandala is consecrated. The monks then enact the impermanent nature of existence by sweeping up the colored grains and dispersing them in flowing water. source

 

Here are some that I’ve drawn, in order:

The first one - ballpoint pen & pencil
The first one – ballpoint pen & pencil

 

Ink tip pen
Ink tip pen

 

Ballpoint and felt tip pen
Ballpoint and felt tip pen

 

Ballpoint and felt tip pen -getting better ;)
Ballpoint and felt tip pen -getting better 😉

 

First colour mandala - I *painted* this can you believe? Took ages.
First colour mandala – I *painted* this can you believe? Took ages.

 

Second one a painted with teeny tiny paint brushes. Never again.
Second one a painted with teeny tiny paint brushes. Never again.
First one done with measuring tools - compasses/protractors etc. Felt tip pens & colouring pencils.
First one done with measuring tools – compasses/protractors etc. Felt tip pens & colouring pencils.

 

Felt tip pen, colouring pencils
Felt tip pen, colouring pencils

 

Will post new ones as they are created!

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