Welcome back to our 100 Mandalas Challenge. If you are new here, you can get an overview of the challenge over on this page, HERE. The challenge is to create 100 mandalas in 100 days. Basically a mandala is a design within a circle. Each week we offer a theme and art technique as a point of inspiration. You are welcome to play with the theme or experiment with any materials or styles that catch your interest. You can start your 100 Mandalas Challenge at any time.
This week we are exploring The Zentangle® Method, a form of drawing that is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by repeating patterns. The Zentangle Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.
In this post we'll cover:
- How to Tangle
- Getting into the Zen
- Examples of Zendalas
- An Invitation - Community Mandalas
- Participant Spotlight
- Show & Tell
How to Tangle
The patterns that you create in a Zentangle are called tangles. In the following videos, you'll see how easy it is to build a detailed and impressive looking pattern. When you create a Zentangle within a circle you get a zendala.
Want to see more videos? Check out these links:
How to draw tangle pattern Over and Under by Miraculous Mosquito
How to draw tangle pattern Nymph by Ellen Wolters
Zentangle Tutorial by Tiffany Lovering - This video shows you how to find patterns in every day objects and interpret them into your own tangles.
Zentangle Circles by Tiffany Lovering - This video is packed with different tangles. The music is great too!
Learn more about The Zentangle Method:
Visit Zentangle.com - This is the official website. Be sure to browse through the newsletters where you'll discover different tangles, illustrated beautifully in easy-to-follow steps.
Zentangle Kits - I picked this kit up several years ago and I love it. Beautifully constructed, it includes a little instruction book, video, and materials/tools to get tangling. It makes a lovely gift.
Getting Into the Zen
Whether you work with The Zentangle Method or create your mandalas using other art techniques, the process is relaxing and fun. To get "in the Zen" refers to being in a peaceful state. There are several ways you can set the tone for creating a relaxing environment.
- Music - Some of Kathryn's favorites include: Hang Music, Native American flute music, and classical guitar.
- Chime - The sound of a chime at the beginning and end of your creative session is a way of transitioning from one activity to another.
- Incense/Scented Candle - Create a mood by adding a scent to where you will be working.
- Schedule a regular time - Some people like to end their day with drawing a mandala before going to bed while others like to start their day with this practice. You'll be looking forward to your daily practice when you make it a priority and set time for it.
How do you create a zen-full moment? What will you try?
Examples of Zendalas
In this example Megan drew seven circles on the page and each day filled one in.
You can break up the circle into segments. In this example Kathryn started from the center and drew lines radiating to the edge. Each segment is then filled with a different pattern she learned from the Zentangle Kit.
In this example, the circle is divided into four quadrants.
The design doesn't have to be symmetrical where the pattern on one side of the mandala is reflected in the other side. In this example a curved line was drawn across the center and then filled in with different patterns.
In this example, Kathryn printed a template she found online and filled it in with various tangles.
An Invitation - Community Mandalas
Kathryn and Megan collaborated on the "Nautilus Zendala" pictured above. They alternated which sections of the nautilus they filled in. Kathryn started with the first segment and filled in every other section. Megan altered the second segment and completed the design.
You are invited to participate in our first Community Mandala. Participants will be e-mailed a piece of a mandala to alter and return. The deadline to return submissions will be 11/2/14. There are only 8 spots for this first community mandala project. All of the spots have been taken! Watch for future community mandala projects. There will be more to come!
Each week we will pick one participant to spotlight. This week, Petra posted onto Pinterest this great idea of drawing several circles on a page to create her mandalas of the week. Congratulations Petra! Your name has been added to our drawing. Each week, we will add another name to our drawing. We haven't yet decided when we will do our first drawing or what you'll win, but we are working on those details!
Show and Tell
We love show and tell! We hope you'll get excited about your mandalas and want to share what you've done with our community. There are several ways you can play along:
Mr. Linky: At the bottom of each weekly theme there is a place for posting the link to your blog posts. Please be sure to link to your mandala and not just a general link to your website. Thank you!
Facebook: Like the 100 Mandalas Challenge community page on Facebook and post your mandalas.
Instagram: Post your mandalas and tag @100_Mandalas
Pinterest: Like the 100 Mandalas Challenge board on Pinterest and you'll get access to pin your mandalas.
Hashtag: Wherever you post, don't forget to include the hashtag #100Mandalas
Use this badge on your blogs.
Link to this page: http://collagediva.typepad.com/collagediva/100mandala.html
Megan and Kathryn