Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday:: Making of a Mandala

Mandala
encaustic on birch 16x16

The making of the Mandala.  Have any of you every made a Mandala?  I made this one for a friend of mine.  She is hosting a Mandala making class that I unfortunately can not attend.  So, I decided to participate anyway and make a Mandala for her.  Now, I don’t really know if that’s how it works, that you can make a mandala for someone else.   A mandala is meant to be a reflection of your inner self, therapuetic and about the journey rather than the final outcome.   It is precise and repetitive and easy to let your thoughts go as it is made.  Zen time, really.  This one took a long time… way longer than I thought, so I had lots of zen time.  Brain quiet time is kinda nice.  I don't know about you, but my brain runs on overload all the time, non-stop.  Dropping into wordlessness (do you know about Martha Beck?) is hard for active brain folk like me, but I am getting better.  I just have to keep telling myself - ssshhhhhhhhhhhhh.  The Mandala process made me realize the importance of a little brain down time each day.  This website offers free meditations and so does this one
Want to know more about making a Mandala?  Go HERE or HERE. Want to see it in its true form?  Watch this time lapse video

Happy Paint Party Friday everyone!!  Be sure to follow the link and visit the other amazing artists who participate.


32 comments:

  1. Your Mandela is beautiful and thank you for the information as didn't know anything about them. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  2. Your mandala immediately made me think of the art on the walls of old plaster homes of ancient Greece and Italy from a vacation a couple years ago. Love your colors! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing & happy PPF!

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  3. Beautiful- I think it's OK to make one for someone else if you're thinking of them while it's being made...not that I've ever made one, but still....
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  4. Love your Mandala. Beautiful colors. I'll have to check out the video. Someday I will paint one. Great job! Happy PPF!

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  5. such a lovely mandala
    yes they are zen time
    most of my art feels like that,,,, unless i am stuck on my next step or struggling with the step i am in....

    i think you are right, our mandalas can touch other people but there is a lot of us in them.

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  6. Good info on mandalas. Yours is wonderful and the recipient is one lucky gal!
    Happy PPF!
    Nancy

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  7. Your mandala is very very very beautiful! I love that its also an encaustic piece of art! I have blog friends who do both, Marianne makes amazing mandalas and gives them as gifts with great meaning for the person she is making them for. (See her name in this list of comments on my blog today and go to her blog to check them out.) and Judy Wise (she her listed on my side bar) does wonderful encaustic work (I took a workshop from her at Art and Soul two years ago.) You'd love her work too. The video you share here is quite wonderful too. Thanks, and HPPF!!!

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  8. Beautiful encaustics!
    Just love those luscious gold dots on the perimeter of the mandala!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  9. absolutely wonderful creations with encaustics ~ love its design, colors ~ Wow! ~ thanks, ^_^

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  10. Love your mandala. I'm so impressed you did this in encaustics, really beautiful work! I have never tried to make one because I'm afraid I'd get frustrated with having to be so precise. But it might be good for me, exactly for that reason.

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  11. This is so beautiful and interesting! I love the idea of making art while focusing on the journey, not just on the art itself.

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  12. Fantastic mandala! I was never drawn to make one but I always enjoy seeing other people's interpretations. :)

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  13. Beautiful design and colors!

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  14. I love this, it's incredible! All the colors, detail and shapes...wonderful work! Your friend is very lucky. :) Happy PPF!

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  15. I love it even more in this larger photo! And holy wow what a process in that video!

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  16. Beautiful..your mandala is super energizing..gorgeous and blissful..totally vibes with harmony! I love making them too..they are very special..sacred and spiritual! Wonderful post..
    Victoria

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  17. Lovely mandala! Love the colours and design you chose.

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  18. Ooooh, so beautiful! And in wax no less - I bet she will love it! AND that video is really cool - wonderful to watch, thank you! xo

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  19. So beautiful. I love all the colors. I can see how this would take some time...so intricate! I love it. I noticed you have the Summer of Color button on your sidebar - me too! So I will see you there!!

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  20. Wow, i love this! I have never tried encaustics bu this is beautiful, mandalas are so addictive and relaxing at the same time!

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  21. AWESOME work! I have made a few ones. It's very zen, indeed! :) If you look on the right side of my blog, you'll find a free mandala e-course badge. I followed it. :)

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  22. Beautiful mandala. I have never done one as I don't think I would have the patience. I love the colours.
    Von (PPF)

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  23. Beautiful mandala! It makes me want to try!

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  24. Your mandala is really beautiful. I have not ever painted one but I have a feeling it would be something I would enjoy.

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  25. Beautiful Mandala I may give one a try!! Thank you so much for the Martha Beck link. I sent it to all my friends who I know will take advantage of this wonderful information!! Yes my mind rarely slows down and I find quiet meditation impossible. However I do get lost in art...which takes me into a meditative state at times!! Thanks for this amazing post!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  26. Beautiful mandala!, mandalas are used to cry to hyperactive children also and and a great form of active meditation. Saludos

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  27. Great flow of forms and colours. It catches you attention to the centre and then flows around.

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  28. what a beautiful and hypnotizing mandala! I have never done one before and I am eager to learn. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. great colours and composition in the mandala... I haven't really tried them, but they look appealing... and I loved that video... thanks for sharing that...xx

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  30. Your mandala is very lovely, I understand completely that feeling you have of emptying the mind while making that, that's what art is about for me, it soothes and quiets down all those endless thoughts.

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