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Mindful Mandalas for Everyone

Mora Thornton

Mindful Mandalas for Everyone

Mora Thornton

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7 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Background

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Practicing Patterns

    • 5. Mini Mandalas

    • 6. Class Project

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Mandalas are a beautiful form of art created by planting a “seed” in the middle of the page, and then expanding outwards using geometric shapes, symbols and patterns. When people see my mandala art, I often hear them say “I could never do that! How do you have the patience?” In this class, you will learn a step by step approach that makes creating mandalas easy and accessible to anyone. During the class I will also offer tips and tricks for turning your creative energy into a mindfulness practice! No prior experience is required, individuals of all levels are invited to join this class!

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

~ identify the materials needed to create a mandala

~ create your own unique shapes and patterns

~ practice mindfulness while creating

~ “grow” your very own, personalized mandala!

Find me @mandalasbymora on IG!


IG Inspiration: @i.love.sharing.mandala, @_mandala_drawings, @beautiful_mandalas

Art supplies: http://www.dickblick.com

Mandala history: https://asiasociety.org/exploring-mandala

Music Credits 

introduction: Song: Fredji - Happy Life (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/KzQiRABVARk

final thoughts: Song: Fredji - Welcome Sunshine (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music promoted by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/cKoTJl4srrM

background: Song: Fredji & Tobsky - Flow (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music promoted by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/6EBy3JmrKXg

materials: Song: MBB - Beach (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/bfjxyOtpvlA


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1. Intro: Hello, My name, Miss Mora. Welcome to my classman dollars for everyone. I'm a yoga teacher of Reiki practitioner and have been drawing ever since I could remember . I also read my own art business called Mandalas by Maura, which you can find out more about On Instagram and S E. I started meditating about three years ago, and I swiftly learned the benefits of having a regular meditation practice. It's helped me a lot with my anxiety and helped me feel more grounded and focused in day to day situations, and it's even help me sleep better. $1 are a great way to get into meditations because it involves a creative outlet for your mind and your body to focus on while you're practicing mind in this class, I'm gonna take you how to create a Mandela with no artistic for meditation Experience required. I'll teach you the materials that you need, which is really just dependent, abusive favor. But I will also show you what I used, and they'll walk you through a step by step, how to draw inspiration from your surroundings to create designs and patterns that hold moved to you. I will also give you techniques and tricks to incorporate mindfulness into your dropping while you're creating a mandala. If you want to find out more about what a mandala is, definitely check out my next video. We're going to cover some of the origin and history of mandalas, so you have a little bit of context for what we're creating today. The class project is going to be a $1 that you created of your own inspiration. And you're also gonna have the opportunity to incorporate mindfulness into the creation of that Mandela. I hope you'll share your class project of the class gallery because it can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm sure it's gonna be amazing. Thanks again for joining, and I'll see you in the next video. 2. Background: in this video, I'm gonna cover a very brief history of mandalas because they have a really deep spiritual origin. I hope you don't mind. I'm gonna use my notes to make sure you get everything right. So I'm going to start with the definition of mandalas. The word Mandela comes from the Sanskrit word meaning circle. This refers to the sense of wholeness that mandalas may in part they can be made for many different mediums, including colored sand engravings and stone. And in this case, we're referring to a drawn piece of art. It starts in the center of the page and radiates outwards with symbols and patterns. They're often very complex works of art that combined symbolism and could incorporate layers of meaning. They're found in the Buddhist tradition as early as the first century B, C. E. And they were spread throughout Asia on the Silk Road, which was a prominent trading route at the time. The creation of a mandala is seen in some voters traditions as a representation of transforming suffering into enlightenment. They were used as a tool to focus the mind during meditation, similar to candle using. If you've ever tried to handle gazing, meditation and $1 represent abouts of body and mind and views with clarity. That's my very brief background on Mandela's. If you want to know more, definitely do a Google search because they haven't really fascinating origin and enjoy the class. 3. Materials: all you need to start drawing $1 is a pen and a piece of paper. In this segment, I'm gonna cover other materials that will be helpful in creating a neat, symmetrical Mandela. However, your Mondal A doesn't need to be perfect. So you don't have these materials. Don't worry, they're all optional for paper. I like to use Bristol Strathmore Artists tiles. The Bristol paper is nice and smooth, which is great for the small details and $1 they are already cut into a meat square shape. I like to use dies four by four and six by six because you can easily complete a mandala and one sitting, which is great for a mindfulness exercise. That way you don't have to be worried about spending hours and hours to fill up a huge piece of paper. But if you like the larger sizes and you like to come back to projects and keep working on them, that's definitely an option to her markers. I like to use my crone. They have archival ink, which means they're permanent and waterproof, and you could find them in pretty much any craft store and, of course, online. My other favorite brand to use is kopek markers, which are very similar to have a very smooth I like this you size 01 and 03 in my clones and in kopecks, they're listed a little bit differently, and you would be looking for size 0.1 and 0.3. But as you experiment, you'll start to learn which sizes work best for you. I also like to use a compass when I'm drawing $1. It helps make nice meat circles moving outward from the center of the stage again. You're Mondello doesn't need to be perfect. So if you don't have one of these, don't worry. Other materials that can be helpful in creating a symmetrical mandala are protractor, a ruler and single. Since I recommend a clear project tractor and a clear ruler because it's easier to see the framework that you've already created through the rulers, they will help you with making a symmetrical Mondal a and making sure that your patterns are even. I don't use circle stencils very often, but they can be really helpful for quickly creating a clean black border around a specific size of circle. If you really want to have some fun. You can include colored markers. No one's I'm showing here are called Leap In. They come in a variety of different colors, have a nice find tip, and they're easy to find an affordable for this class. You will also need a sheet of lined paper, which we were used to practice our patterns and designs on. Since they're just for practice, any piece of scrap paper will do again. The main take away from this video is that all you need to draw Mandala is opposed, a piece of paper and a desire to create. So let's check out the next video where we could finally start drawing. 4. Practicing Patterns: in this video, we finally get to start drawing. I'm gonna teach you step by step, how to look at the world around you and draw inspiration from your surroundings to create patterns that are special and unique to you. They will have special meaning and you will be able to use thumb. When you're creating your class project, we can start practicing mindfulness even as we're just doing our warm up exercises. Ah, big part of practicing mindfulness is being engaged in the world around you and engaged in the present moment. So as we start looking around for inspiration, were already practicing mindfulness because we're seeing the world as it is in this moment . I like to use flowers, plants, trees, anything from nature. Really as inspiration for my designs, especially because of Mandala really does look like a flower. But we'll talk more about that later. I also really like to use animals as inspiration because I love my cat so much in the shape of her little ears is a super fun wait ads of meaning to my Monday Alice. So give me anything, no matter how silly you might think it is. It's a completely personal and special designed to you. The first design I'm gonna show you how to do is just an easy little scholar pedal. And please don't forget that I've been practicing this for a very long time. So if you have trouble getting your patterns even at first, don't worry. It will come with practice. And I'm also going to show you some waves later on that will help you keep your designs even and symmetrical. So this is a nice little detail that you can add pretty much any point in your mandala just to give it a little fun and flair, keeping it really simple. All right, so there's one design, the next design. Like I said, I love my cat's ears. I think they're super cute. So the shape that I draw for my cat ears is like a little round of triangle just like that . So what I'm gonna do from here is I'm gonna overlap two of the same shape and then that creates a little mini version of that shape right there. So we'll just couldn't keep connecting them just like that. It really is that simple to start coming up with designs and you could always borrow from people that inspire you to your more than welcome to use the designs that I'm showing you how to draw in this tutorial. And you could also check out my social media. If you wanna get some further inspiration from here, you might choose to do some shading in these little crossover parts. Just little lines like that. It's an idea of a detail that you can add. That's very simple. Coming up with these patterns is really just a combination of shapes that you already know how to make and that you probably have known how to make since kindergarten for the next batter. I'm gonna dio I'm gonna use this little succulent as inspiration. So as I'm looking at the shape of the pedals, I see that they're a little bit narrow at the bottom. They come out wide at the side and then come up to a nice, sharp point at the top. This is a really beautiful shape, and it can be seen a lot in nature. I think so. On my line paper. I'm just going to go ahead and try and emulate that shape as closely as I can And again, let's check in with the mindfulness side of things. Are you breathing? Are you staying calm? Are you engaging in the present moment? How does it feel to be sitting at your desk or wherever you may be taking some time out of your day to draw, to engage your creativity? I know it feels great for me, but I don't get to draw every day. I start to miss it so much, all right on that sheep. He's inspired by this beautiful little succulent. Also, you can see that the shape that happens on the succulent build out from there, so we can also take inspiration from that and add another, another little pedal right in between. And that will create some layers in depth. And as the shapes get tinier, it gets a little bit harder. Didn't remain precise. But don't worry, doesn't mean to be perfect. That isn't a very important part of our practice. As we're creating designs and drawing is to continuously remind ourselves that we're creating. We're using this amazing opportunity to spend time being mindful and having creative outlet for our mind. There's no need to put pressure on ourselves for it to be perfect. Another thing that I'm really inspired by his crystals. So I just this crystal that has a very geometric shape, which is really different from the's more organic petal shapes. The other thing you'll notice in this crystal is the way there are rainbow reflections on the inside, so that could be something that inspires you as well. What shapes do you think of when you think of a rainbow? But for now, I'm gonna use this sharp triangle shape and then this rectangle, I think, to create a little bit more of a geometric pattern. Because if we're able to mix geometric and organic patterns, that will also give your Mondal a a little bit more depth. So I think I'm just gonna do two straight lines and then a little point at the top. I'm not really sure if I like this one too much, but that's also OK. This is why we do practice. So since I'm not loving the way this is coming out, maybe I'll try something a little different. I could make a little point like this, which is inspired by the triangle. That's a different type of shape that I like as well, Maybe I'll add a little triangle in here. Then you can just continue to build off of that. This is what the practices for. So that when we creator Mandela, we already have some inspiration that we can use. Um, this is another item I chose to be inspired by. For an example. I love elephants. I think a lot of people dio um So I'm just gonna look at this little piece that I have here and see what shapes I see that are inspiring to me. I really like the spiral of their trucks. No, it can be really hard to incorporate spirals into a mandala because it's hard to keep them even. But again, that's fine. The imperfections and the different ways that your spirals come out will actually give your Mandela a lot of character. It will give it a lot of movement as well. So I'm just gonna create a little spiral like this that reminds me of the elephants trunk. Another option would be be to create a thicker spiral by first creating a spiral just like this and then creating another line downwards, which could be fun to use out of Mandela as well. Can checking in with the mindfulness? Are you relaxed? Our shoulders relaxed? Are you stressing out about making perfect patterns? Patterns don't need to be perfect. The amazing thing about drawing Mondal is is that you make the same pattern all the way around. So if you are starting to feel frustrated that they don't look very even, Um, it's really not a big worry, because if you try to make the same shape every single time, you won't succeed. But all the shapes will sort of blend together. So when you look at the mandala, even if you feel like they're not very even when you take a step back, your mind will sort of fill in the gaps and make it look Even so, my spirals, they're getting a little walking. But anyways, you can continue to play with um continued to play with this exercise. Use items that in your surroundings that you're inspired by and you could make unexamined shape that you see on the item, or you can start coming. So just keep experimenting with this exercise, see what you can come up with. Have fun with it. Don't worry about making everything perfect and remember to be mindful as you're creating, so just keeping an eye on your surroundings. Even if you're just out and about during the day going for a walk or on your way to work, you might see something that's really inspiring to you. And you can bring that inspiration home and start cleaning designs based on that again. Just have fun with it. And I'm really excited to see what you come up with, and I can't wait to apply these patterns to the Mondal is that we're gonna create in the next video. 5. Mini Mandalas: in this video, I'm gonna walk you through the process of creating a mandala. Step by step. We're gonna make a few mini mum dollars, which is a great way to get your creativity flowing and start practicing mindfulness. So before we get started, let's take a deep breath in in a deep breath out, I noticed the weight of your feet on the ground. This is a nice little grounding exercise that you can practice any time, and it's a perfect way to get started and practicing mindfulness and get ready to start drilling. So let's take a deep breath and start by planting a seed anywhere on the page, just a little dot wherever you like, and then draw a circle around that we'll make for little tick marks, which will make it easier to keep your Mondal a symmetrical if that's what you're going for . The next step is to pick a shape and make that same shape all the way around the circle. You can use the designs that we came up with in the last class, or you can come up with new ones. Just follow your intuition. Don't stress too much about if you're picking the right shape or doing the right thing. There's no right or wrong way. Also, as your drawing and your mind starts to wander, see if you can bring your awareness and focus back to the page and what you're drawing off course your mind will wander. It's totally natural and normal. But for the sake of practicing mindfulness, we want to try and bring our focus back to what we're creating. It's a great way to relieve stress, to increase your creativity and just to take some time for yourself during the day to relax and let everything else go, Theo. 6. Class Project: Now that we know the basics of drawing $1 it's time to get started on their class project. In this segment, I'm gonna teach you a couple of steps you can add to the process that will make it easier to make your mandala a little bit more symmetrical and structured. Don't worry if it's not perfect. Even if you make a mistake, you probably won't even be able to see it by the time you're done drawing because the mandala is so intricate. Even though this mandala is going to be a little bit more complex, we still want to make sure we're practicing mindfulness. This is a great time to just have some new time and let your creativity flow. To practise mindfulness, you need to stay engaged in the present moment your mind will wander, and when it does, you just want to bring your focus and your awareness back to what you're drawing. You might want to stop every now and then look up at your surroundings for inspiration, for designs to do next. This is another great way to stay engaged in the present moment. If you notice you're starting to gather tension in your shoulders or your face. You can stop. Take a deep breath, notice the weight of your feet on the ground and release the tension from your face, your shoulders and your hands. This isn't supposed to be stressful. It's supposed to be the opposite of stressful. So make sure you're breathing and having fun. The first step is going to being to find the center of the page. I'm using a four by four tile, so I know that I need to find the center at two inches. By the way, if you want to use a bigger piece of paper for your Mondal A. Please feel free to do so. I'm just using a small tile so that I will be able to demonstrate efficiently. So I'm gonna find the two inch mark you turn the tile for in the two inch mark on this side . You know where those lines intersect is going to be this under of the page, so you want to draw a line all the way across and then turn it so the line is vertical and make a horizontal line across the other way. I like to do just a little line for the 2nd 1 So it's like a really tall T. The next step is to take your compass and start creating circles. So you gonna take the pointy end of your compass and place it right into the center of the page where you put your little dot or the seed like we called it earlier. And you're going to make a few circles around that center, Doc, don't worry if the circles are an equal distance apart. In fact, you're Mondal A will probably have more depth and movement if the if the circles are different with the part. Once you place placed your circles with the compass, we're gonna take our protractor and lying it up with the lines that we created earlier. And I like to create a little mark every 20 degrees. But as you practice during $1 you might find a different with. That works better for you. Once you've placed those marks were going to come back to our straight ruler, and we're going to make a straight line right through the middle of the Mondello with the two corresponding dots. Again. Don't worry if it's perfect, nothing's ever perfect. Honestly, Okay, Now that we have this spider web like spider, web like structure, we're ready to start drawing. I like to use the size 0.1 marker, especially at the middle of a tiny Mondello like this, because it's just a little bit easier to work with. But again, as you practice, you'll figure out what works best for you. We're going to start by planting that little seed right in the middle of the mandala, and then I like to make a little circle around that seed, and then we can start making patterns outwards. Actually, my ad, a couple more little smaller circles here to make it easier to keep track of All right. So I'm going to start with some little pedals in the middle of the month dollar, and you can either make one on every single line. Or you can do every other line, which is a little bit easier, especially when you're creating a really tiny bundle like this one. Mm. Once you finish drawing your Monday Allah, give it a moment for the ink to dry, and then you'll take your eraser and erase all of that pencil structure, - and you've created a Malala you might choose to add more detail. You can take your thicker pen and maybe start coloring in some of the lines to add some depth and contrasts, you might choose to just add so more tiny details like dots or little lines. This will give you mandala a lot of character, too, so keep going for as long as you want. Stop whenever you're ready, Remember, Did she keep checking in and practicing mindfulness while you create? And I hope that you upload your mum dollars to the class gallery. I can't wait to see your projects. I'm sure that you come up with a lot of really inspired designs and I can't wait to learn from you, too. 7. Final Thoughts: Thank you so much for taking this class with me. I hope that you learned a lot and more importantly, that you had fun. If it seems overwhelming, remember that practice makes Congress. And so the more you practice, the more easily it will come to you. If you have any questions, requests, comments, etcetera Feel free to drop those in the common section. And I will definitely get back to you. I hope that you upload your projects into the gallery because of his love to see what you came up with. And if you're on instagram finding out $1 Bambora tag me in your creations. Seeing what my students created is really what this is all about again. Thank you so much for joining and I'll see you next time.