Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Creating Nature Mandalas

There's a new mandala in town, my friends.
I've seen nature mandalas here and there and have wanted to try my hand at one for the longest time. This past weekend, through the prompting and inspiration of Louise Gale via Mixed Media Mandalas Class, I finally made it happen.

Sunday morning I was outside before 7:00 a.m. to beat the heat of the day. I clipped a few sprigs off our lantana, Mexican bird-of-paradise and cat's claw vine and started arranging pieces into a mandala design. I. LOVED. THIS. PROCESS! So much!!!

It's so simple, and I really think that anyone who may be a little intimidated by drawing a mandala would find this method very gratifying. Just gather bits and pieces of nature and arrange them in a circle.

I also pulled my big camera out and had so much fun taking photos of this piece.

I was fortunate to arrange this mandala on a morning that wasn't windy, and when I left it to head inside I planned on coming out a little later when the light was different to grab a few more photos. No wind that day, but our local pigeons had other plans. I looked outside about 15 minutes later and the entire piece was scattered.

Nature mandalas are supposed to be that way though. They are meant to be temporarily beautiful and soothing, with a lesson in letting go to wrap up the process.

This was my first nature mandala, and I guarantee it won't be the last!
I do hope this post inspires you to create your own nature mandala! If you give this a try and post something on Instagram, will you do me a favor and tag your photo #MyYogaFriendDeb so I can have a look? And if you could mention me in a comment (@paperturtle) I'll know it's there and will see it right away. :o)


Beverly said...

It's beautiful and I may just try that today.

debs14 said...

So pretty x

Barbara Eads said...

This is the first time I've ever heard of a nature mandala. Yours is beautiful. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Karen said...

I've never heard of a nature mandala, but this is so beautiful! The colors are wonderful!

Patio Postcards said...

GORGEOUS! I really like this idea. I have been buying the adult colouring book of mandala as gifts this year, wait until I show them this art form of nature's mandala.
Thank you for sharing.

Denise said...

I love your mandalas Deb and this is inspired - it's beautiful x

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