The second mandala that I drew in Julie Gibbons wonderful free class taught me just what a meditative experience mandala making can be.
This mandala started out as a series of concentric circles made with a compass. The circles were divided into equal portions to make a rough guide. Just enough planning and preparing to keep the logical analytical part of the brain happy.
Then begins the more creative intuitive part - what could the circles and grid support? A lotus flower finds its form with the addition of soft curves, slightly imperfect - the only way my hand drawn curves ever turn out.
Methodically rotating the page and repeating the shapes is a very calming experience. Round and round, adding colour.