Explore the ancient teachings of the mandala through the process of Zentangle. Includes 60 new tangles, and amazingly beautiful circles to inspire all crafters.Zen Mandalas - Sacred Circles Inspired by Zentangle "explores the ancient teachings of the mandala through the process of Zentangle". Of the 4 new Design Originals books that just hit the bookshelves Zen Mandalas is far and away my personal favorite. Suzanne McNeill did a superb job of creating a mini-course in all you could want to know about mandalas. Her illustrations along with those of CZTs Margaret Bremner and Carole Ohl are beautiful and inspiring. I learned so much about mandalas and their symbolism and meanings from this book and I'm totally inspired to create some of my own. Zen Mandalas is an 8 x 8-inch, 52-page (including covers) softcover book that includes 60 tangles with step-by-step illustrations, "and everything a beginner needs to start making beautiful mandalas." The "Zen in Mandalas" section sets up the content that follows by summarizing and explaining the qualities mandalas represent - sacred circles, center of life, expanding life, symmetry, balance, relaxation, meditative, focus. From there, the book proceeds into the following sections: Getting Started - the Zentangle basics of supplies, border, string and tangles, and shading to add dimension Snowflake Mandalas - how to cut snowflake mandalas, by CZT Carole Ohl, with Carole's inspiring black and white mandalas Color Mandalas - by CZT Margaret Bremner, with Margaret's beautiful colorful mandalas Templates and Geometric Mandalas - how to create mandalas with stencils, or a compass Symbolism and the Color Wheel - the meaning of common mandala symbols, and the meaning of color and combinations Adding Colors - a "collection of generally accepted meanings of color", with a variety of colorful mandalas by Suzanne McNeill using various media - watercolors, colored pencils, chalk, colored pens, etc. - and tips for each Tangle Patterns - arranged in groups by variations of circles, grids, wavy lines, parallel lines, leaves and shapes These next chapters contain examples of each theme with explanations of related colors and numeric symbolism: Yin-Yang - how to make a 2-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 2 Planet Earth - how to make a 3-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 3 Sun and Compass - how to make a 4-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 4 Heavenly Bodies - how to make a 5-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 5 Love & the Heart - how to make a 6-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 6 Water & Earth - how to make a 7-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 7 Hands All Around - how to make an 8-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 8 Spiral - how to make a 9-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 9 Lotus and Symmetry - how to make a 10-section or 12-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of these numbers Dream Catchers - how to make an 11-section mandala with a protractor, symbolism of the number 11 Borders & Hex Symbols - borders and boundaries for your mandalas and 8 Pennsylvania-Dutch good luck symbols Index of Tangles - a pictorial index of the 60 tangles. --d-originals.com
Mandalas are used to connect the spirit, offering symbols found in nature, helping discover the inner self, acquiring a sense of wonder, and providing inspiration. The circle of a mandala represents wholeness and unity. Zentangle is a relaxing process which brings the mind and spirit into focus through the repetition of simple shapes. Zentangle is very personal and requires no artistic training. The underlying philosophy of the mandala expands the message in your drawings as you investigate your feelings, and discover your hidden potential. Gently appreciate the uniqueness of your experience in the world as you create beautiful drawings and sicover the infinite possibilities that spring from inner peace.