Mindfulness and Drawing Mandalas + Totally Tiffany Giveaway

Mindfulness and Drawing MandalasMandala comes from the Sanskrit word for “circle,” and trace their history back to Hinduism and Buddhism.  Mandalas are present in nearly all forms of artwork and represent harmony, wholeness, and the universe’s infinite nature. While mandalas are beautiful to look at and enjoy, the creation of mandalas also has very specific benefits to the artist. They are known to cultivate mindfulness, help reduce stress, and promote self-awareness.

The Science Behind Mandalas

In the early 1900s, psychoanalyst Carl Jung introduced mandalas to western therapy setting and used them to help patients overcome traumas. In a study, Nancy Curry and Tim Kasser also found that patients who color mandalas had better success at reducing anxiety levels than patients who colored a blank page. Building on their findings, Patti Henderson, David Rosen, and Nathan Mascaro found that adults with PTSD showed significant improvements in mental health when drawing mandalas versus those who drew static objects.

How to Draw a Mandala

Mindfulness and MandalasFor this project, grab a blank piece of paper and some Pitt artist pens.

Mandalas always begin with the epicenter and grow outwardly, so draw a dot or small circle in the middle of the page.

From there, add symmetrical shapes around the entire circle, and continue adding layers of patterns to the circle. You can draw flower petals, circles, triangles, diamonds, or any shape that you’d like. They can be simple.

If you would like to make the design more complex and detailed, fill in the different shapes with stripes, zig zags, dots, or color.

Remember, the purpose of drawing a mandala is the creating process, and not the finished picture. Don’t worry about perfection. I have found that mandalas look amazingly complex and interesting even when there are mistakes throughout the process.

 

Enter to Win This Clip & Create Rotating Design Board from Totally Tiffany

Our friends at Totally Tiffany have graciously provided this Clip & Create Rotating Design Board for this giveaway — a $19.99 value! Use the spinning board to create perfect mandalas without having to worry about turning and twisting to get the right angle. Just pivot the design board and keep going!

Totally Tiffany GiveawayThis design board is also perfect for adult coloring projects, using as a lazy susan for your craft supplies, and for a variety of art projects. It freely moves a full 360 degrees and can help you always have the best angle for coloring, Zentangling, sketching, painting, lettering, flower arranging, and mixed-media projects. You’ll love the stability and convenience of the Clip & Create Rotating Design Board.

Visit Totally Tiffany to learn more.

To Enter:

  • Share your favorite image above on Pinterest or Facebook by pinning or liking the image.
  • If you pinned on Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see (add @stampington to your caption).
  • If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below and tell us how you practice mindfulness with your artwork and what creative activity you do to relax.

*Winners will be randomly selected from the comments below for this giveaway and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 6/30/17 at 11:59pm PST.

 

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Giveaway ends 5/31/17.

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31 Responses to “Mindfulness and Drawing Mandalas + Totally Tiffany Giveaway”

  1. Jen East says:

    I pinned this to my Graphics & Design board here:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/502151427192483649/

    Also going to go back and post to my Mixed Media Minis and Pattern Play boards because I think that’s such a useful cool tool!

  2. Chloe says:

    This was such a lovely read, thank you so much for sharing it :) I find mandalas really beautiful and I always knew colouring helped reduce anxiety levels but not mandalas so, it was a fun fact to learn!! Really loved reading your research!!

    Keep up the great work!

    Chloe @ https://girllgonerogue.blogspot.co.uk/

  3. Cynthia Tuttle says:

    I couldn’t pin from Stampington to Pinterest using my iPad for some reason, so here is my comment. Mandalas are very cool looking and I know that I would enjoy coloring them in, but how do you get started drawing such an incredible design? Amazing!!

  4. I pinned your giveaway picture on my Giveaways board at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/25543922869973046/

  5. Jeff Geer says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/859132066386080751/

    this is awesome!! goodluck…remember to love and shine your light for all who need it

  6. Kat Cashwell says:

    I relax by coloring and practicing zen doodles ! This clip board is awesome!

  7. Lisa Moore says:

    I’m just starting to draw mandalas and this looks like it would be very helpful!

  8. Gail Klein says:

    I pinned this to my art supply board.http://pin.it/BY1ELMR
    What a great help this could be to some of my artwork!!! I relax by painting and doing collage style artwork. Coloring works too!

  9. Uli Day says:

    Hi,I pinned at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/109071622208433736/
    The board looks very handy, thanks for the opportunity to win one.

  10. Danne says:

    Love this! The clip board looks like an amazing tool. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/509188301611030401/

  11. What a wonderful tool! This would be a fantastic tool to use when I’m doing my artwork. Very Cool!

    https://www.pinterest.com/pomasilkflorals/pins/

  12. Gretchen P says:

    I relax by coloring mandalas, but I also love creating with paper – making cards, and decorating small tins, notebooks, etc.

  13. Ann says:

    What a fabulous tool. Would love to win. I would use it for mandalas and so much more. I pinned here, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/63331938492884796/

  14. Rene Rezvan says:

    Pinned to my Stamping and papercraft obsession: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/11610911522075602/

  15. Carla Hundley says:

    Cool item and I pinned
    it at this address:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/52846995610090034/
    Carla from Utah

  16. BobbieBluegill says:

    I don’t have pinterest or any other way to post. Do love mandalas. When I design my own, I like to start with several circles lightly drawn with pencil and at least 4 lines drawn through the center to help with keeping the drawing equal all the way around. When I’m finished adding the design with black felt tip marker, I erase the pencil and then color with brush pens or colored pencil or both. Love the sample pattern above.

  17. Susan T says:

    I like to make collages using all types of papers, hand draw or painted bits or backgrounds. and cut-out elements from magazines. Concentrating on cutting around the picture’s outline takes focus and I find this activity soothing.

  18. BrendaLea says:

    What a wonderful article, plus a chance to win. I shared on Facebook and on Pinterest on my Cool Stuff Board. http://pin.it/lnP1S01 I so enjoy coloring and creating mandalas, so very relaxing.

  19. Linda Reitz says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/489836896961392860/

    A clip board that spins? Genius Design!

  20. Jackie says:

    I practice mindfulness by tangling. I find the Zentangle method of drawing patterns gets me to the zen zone.

  21. Clair says:

    I like to practice mindfulness while cutting out pictures/words/etc. that I like from magazines, and then piecing them together to form various collages. I can do that for hours before I realize how much time has passed. :)

  22. Cynthia S Townley says:

    I shared the Blog Post on my FB page with the first photo above. I also pinned it under my board Mandalas on Pinterest.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/444097213245903054/
    It’s a genius idea.

  23. Josie Davis says:

    I love to doodle on paper and fabric to add embellishment to my projects. I find creating very relaxing. This Mandela would be such a wonderful way to spend time doing just that.

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Mindfulness and Drawing MandalasMandala comes from the Sanskrit word for “circle,” and trace their history back to Hinduism and Buddhism.  Mandalas are present in nearly all forms of artwork and represent harmony, wholeness, and the universe’s infinite nature. While mandalas are beautiful to look at and enjoy, the creation of mandalas also has very specific benefits to the artist. They are known to cultivate mindfulness, help reduce stress, and promote self-awareness.

The Science Behind Mandalas

In the early 1900s, psychoanalyst Carl Jung introduced mandalas to western therapy setting and used them to help patients overcome traumas. In a study, Nancy Curry and Tim Kasser also found that patients who color mandalas had better success at reducing anxiety levels than patients who colored a blank page. Building on their findings, Patti Henderson, David Rosen, and Nathan Mascaro found that adults with PTSD showed significant improvements in mental health when drawing mandalas versus those who drew static objects.

How to Draw a Mandala

Mindfulness and MandalasFor this project, grab a blank piece of paper and some Pitt artist pens.

Mandalas always begin with the epicenter and grow outwardly, so draw a dot or small circle in the middle of the page.

From there, add symmetrical shapes around the entire circle, and continue adding layers of patterns to the circle. You can draw flower petals, circles, triangles, diamonds, or any shape that you’d like. They can be simple.

If you would like to make the design more complex and detailed, fill in the different shapes with stripes, zig zags, dots, or color.

Remember, the purpose of drawing a mandala is the creating process, and not the finished picture. Don’t worry about perfection. I have found that mandalas look amazingly complex and interesting even when there are mistakes throughout the process.

 

Enter to Win This Clip & Create Rotating Design Board from Totally Tiffany

Our friends at Totally Tiffany have graciously provided this Clip & Create Rotating Design Board for this giveaway — a $19.99 value! Use the spinning board to create perfect mandalas without having to worry about turning and twisting to get the right angle. Just pivot the design board and keep going!

Totally Tiffany GiveawayThis design board is also perfect for adult coloring projects, using as a lazy susan for your craft supplies, and for a variety of art projects. It freely moves a full 360 degrees and can help you always have the best angle for coloring, Zentangling, sketching, painting, lettering, flower arranging, and mixed-media projects. You’ll love the stability and convenience of the Clip & Create Rotating Design Board.

Visit Totally Tiffany to learn more.

To Enter:

  • Share your favorite image above on Pinterest or Facebook by pinning or liking the image.
  • If you pinned on Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see (add @stampington to your caption).
  • If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below and tell us how you practice mindfulness with your artwork and what creative activity you do to relax.

*Winners will be randomly selected from the comments below for this giveaway and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 6/30/17 at 11:59pm PST.

 

Sweepstakes

Be sure to enter our 25 Subscriptions Giveaway for your chance to win!

Giveaway ends 5/31/17.

Related Posts: