(Seed of Life mandala in summer colors.)

On Sunday I decided to finally do something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time.  I colored a mandala.

In January of 2008, after reading QuoinMonkey’s post Coloring Mandalas, I did a search for free mandala templates and found this website where I printed out The Seed of Life mandala.  I set it aside with plans to do it someday soon.  It was winter and I was sure I’d find plenty of free time to do some coloring.

In May of this year, Norm at Unmerited Gifts posted a similar version of this mandala and that reminded me that I had the same one sitting around here somewhere, waiting for me to be inspired enough (or not) to sit down and color.  Kel at the Xfacta posted an Art Attack asking you to create your own mandala that same month (you can find it here).  Not quite ready to create my own but wanting to color one, I searched for the mandala I printed out over a year ago.  No luck.  I didn’t know where I’d put it and then got sidetracked by something else.

This past Sunday I was sitting at the desk I set up for my granddaughter to use when she comes to visit.  It’s a little corner of the office area in the basement where she can sit and create (color, paint, glue, whatever comes to mind).  There is a window next to the desk that provides plenty of natural light (or distraction if you look out it and start watching the birds that like to hang out in the bush near the window).  You may recall that I bought an antique, leather-topped desk for the creativity corner back in March and it’s a place where I, too, can go if I’m feeling the need to be creative.

Getting back to my story… I was sitting at the desk, waiting for M to finish using the computer so I could do something on it (I can’t even remember what), and I decided to look through the drawers of the desk for my box of crayons.  I didn’t find the crayons (I wonder what happened to them?) but in one of the bottom drawers I did find the mandala.  A big container filled with markers was sitting there in front of me so I started coloring, figuring I’d just a color in a few spaces while I waited.

Well, one thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I’d colored it all in as you see above.  The colors are a little off in the scan.  I used three different shades of orange representing the three different orange-colored lilies that are currently in bloom on our property.  The colors, I came to realize after a few minutes of randomly choosing, turned out to be the colors that are dominating nature in my neck of the woods right now.  Summer colors.  Our orange period of summer with some of the greens and blues thrown in for good measure.  The yellow in the center are for the sun.

I’d forgotten how fun and relaxing it is to sit and color.  Coloring a mandala seems to add a meditative quality to the relaxation and fun.  The pattern kept changing as I looked and colored.  When I focused on the area I was working on and stayed in the moment, it went pretty smoothly.  When I lost focus and started thinking about the finished product (the future) or what I’d already completed (the past), I stumbled.  I didn’t bother to try to cover up the stumbles.  They’re good reminders for everyday living.

I’m looking forward to coloring another mandala sometime soon.  It’s a wonderful way to relax and free up my mind from the usual mental clutter.

I’ll be back later with today’s photo.  I have a date with the yoga mat this morning and don’t want to miss it.

19 Comments on “Mandala”

  1. Anna Surface says:

    Very, very nice. I love mandalas. I used to have a computerized program that made mandalas and lost when my computer crashed. I so have templates, colored pencils for creating mandalas. I used to make mosaic mandalas too. I used to create mandalas a lot. I love to get lost in the creative process. It’s fun, and unleashes the bountiful creative inner self. 🙂 I think I might try some again…. Hmmm…. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Anna. 🙂

      This was my first. I really enjoyed it. And, as you said, it unleashes the “bountiful creative inner self.” Or at least it leaned me in that direction.

  2. krebiz says:

    a mandala would probably be fun to draw, too- could just grab a compass and have at it.

    • Robin says:

      I was thinking more along the lines of a Spirograph, Biz. I had one of those when I was a kid. I bet you could make great mandalas with one of those kits.

  3. Norm says:

    Very nice job Robin and thanks for sharing about your colour choices. Nice this time of year to be surrounded by vivid colours, isn’t it? Thanks for the link love too. Kel is a constant source of inspiration and what can you say about QM’s series except ‘WOW!!’

    • Robin says:

      Thanks and you’re welcome, Norm. 🙂

      I agree about Kel (being a constant source of inspiration) and QM’s series (WOW!).

  4. alittlediddy says:

    Robin, my Grandson & I have been coloring mandalas since QM first posted hers. He loves doing them & we share the experience with other relatives as well.Very rlaxing. If you look back at QM’s post you will see that I added a link to 99 free mandalas that can be printed for children. We always have a newly created mandala on the fridge door.
    Thanks for sharing yours! D

    • Robin says:

      What a wonderful thing to do with your grandson, Alittlediddy! I’ll have to keep that in mind for my granddaughters when they get a little older.

      I went back, found the link and have bookmarked it. Thank you!

  5. Bo says:

    Really nice, Robin. For a while I had a mandala practice where I did one a day. I started drawing really simple ones, and in 6 months time, they were quite elaborate. Now I only do about one a month–usually when I need a lot of self-calming. I love mandalas!

  6. kel says:

    sounds like you really enjoyed the process of mandala making
    yay you 🙂

    the colours are vivid
    a refreshing sight for us in midwinter
    and i’m particularly drawn to the compass pointers going north and south

    hope you continue to enjoy the mandala making practice

  7. ybonesy says:

    Beautiful, Robin. The colors are so deep and vivid. It makes me realize how that happens in nature. We see yellows and light colors in the early spring, but by now the purples and reds and pinks are in full force.

    I also fixated on the circles within the circle. And I see that you highlighted a circle within the circle by making two petals of each flower the color green. And I’m fascinated by how some of the petals of each flower are shared by every other flower and how ALL of the petals of the center flower are shared by every other flower. I bet it’s easy to get lost in the design, as it becomes a sort of puzzle.

    I will make sure QM sees this. Her cat Chaco died recently, and I know she will be uplifted by knowing that her mandala series has inspired others.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Ybonesy. 🙂

      After looking a quite a few mandalas online, I can see how it would be easy to get lost in any of the designs as they all seem to draw one into the puzzle of it.

  8. alittlediddy says:

    Robin, I wanted to add that when printing out the mandalas make several copies of the same design. Very amazing what each person’s take is on the same one. D

  9. Alto2 says:

    To me, the simple act of coloring is therapeutic.

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