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Dot Mandala Painting

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Dot Mandala painted by Caroline

Facts about Mandalas

  • A mandala is a Sanskirt meaning Circle.  It has spiritual roots and rituals in Hinduism and Buddhism.  Mandala means both center and circumference in Indiana traditions.
  • Mandalas are used as an aid in meditation and yoga.  It is a circular design for people to create from within to center their mind and body.
  • Carl Jung, a Swiss Psychiatrist, used mandala in his sessions.  He defined it as “center, circumference, magic circle” He described it as a “natural urge to live out our potential, to fulfill the pattern of our whole personality.”
  • Carl Jung used a journal each morning, sketched circular designs and wrote about his dreams and thoughts.
  • Joan Kellogg-art therapist, stated a mandala helps to draw on the unconscious
  • Mandala originated in ancient rock carvings in Africa, Europe and North America.  It is found in other cultures and countries, as well as India, South Pacific etc.  It is found in flowers, moon, cathedrals, sacred places, religious rituals. 

Creating a mandala:

  • When creating a mandala we make a personal symbol that reveals who we are at that moment.  “drawing a circle may be something like drawing a protective line around the physical and psychological space that we each identify as ourself.” Joan Kellogg-Art Therapist
  • Invokes the self the underlying pattern of order and wholeness, we create our own sacred space, a place of protection, a focus for the concentration of out energies.
  • Mandala is best  performed in solitude, it brings self-discovery, personal growth and healing.
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books used as research for this art task

Tools needed for dot mandala

  • dot mandala tools-can order online
  • wooden dowels cut to size to use as a painting tool-various sizes
  • compass or pattern to trace for a circle shape
  • canvas board-any size
  • acrylic paint-variety of colors
  • brushes-to paint canvas with gesso and to paint background color if interested
  • tablecloth
  • palette
  • paper towels
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wooden dowel rods-find at craft stores and online

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large package of wooden dowel rods found online
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Acrylic Paint



Directions:

you may want to use gesso to protect the canvas prior to starting the dot mandala, if you do, it will need to dry over night.

Start by placing the circle tracer or compass on the canvas and draw a circle. Place the colors you want to use for the dot mandala onto a palette.

Start by taking any wooden dowel size and place your wooden dowel in paint covering the end point. Then place your dowel in the area you want to put the circle and lightly press the paint onto the canvas. The harder the pressure the more likely the paint will lift off. Light pressure is recommended. Switch to other sizes of the wooden dowels throughout the painting.

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Dot mandala painted by Caroline
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closer view of the Dot mandala painted by Caroline

Hope this inspires you to try a Dot Mandala Painting.