Thanks to the lockdown for the newfound time at home. Engaging in hobbies can turn restrictions into freedom. In this break we can either pick up our passions where we left off or can give a try in developing new hobbies. If you are looking for a new activity to keep yourself busy, giving a try in mandala art would be a great idea.
Mandala is an intricate abstract design that is usually circular in form. Mandalas were said to be originated in Buddhism. The name in Sanskrit means the magic circles. These mandalas, have deep spiritual significance in Hinduism and Buddhism. Mandala is a symbol of the universe in its ideal form, and its creation signifies the transition of the world of pain into one of happiness. They are used as an exercise or meditation.
Psychologists in the present time have adopted the basic concept of drawing a radial pattern as a method for therapy and mostly for simple relaxation.
Mandala as an art form has evolved a lot from thee its original version. Now mandala drawings are not restricted to circles. the method of repeating patterns is used to draw many shapes, objects and also landscapes and forms of silhouettes.
At the beginning it can look very challenging and difficult to draw a mandala. Repeating the same thing over and over and getting involved in the pattern is really soothing and helps you to stay in the moment.
Mandala does not require any professional art supplies. A simple paper, pencil, pen, protractor and compass will work. There are many pattern books where you just need to color the designs and also many digital platforms to create mandalas. However, designing your own mandala can be both satisfying and therapeutic. There are many tutorial videos in YouTube and also many artists are doing tutorial videos and conducting online workshops teaching the tips and tricks of drawing mandalas.
Like every other activity or skill, mistakes are natual in mandalas as well and obvious for the mistakes to be repeated. Ignore them and involve in the rhythm of the pattern. Let this easy activity bring your mind calm. Do not equate your work to the picture you had in your head on how it was supposed to look. Afterall mandalas are all about involvement and enjoying the process but not the end result.
By Kavya Sarvasiddi