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The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint and Color Expressive Mandala Art Paperback – June 2, 2016
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I stumbled onto Kathryn's 100Mandala website and was blown away by her YouTube videos. They made the process so simple. For the first time, I was able to understand Sacred Geometry mandalas, like the Seed of Life.
Kathryn's new book seemed expensive, so I postponed purchasing it. But after going through her whole site and looking inside the book on Amazon, I took the plunge.
It was worth every penny! This is a gorgeous book, packed full of practical information on HOW to draw mandalas. Not theory, but practical, easy to understand instruction ... on all kinds of mandalas!
This book is EXACTLY what I have been seeking. Kathryn has a great gift as a teacher. She knows how to simplify complex material, such as math concepts, for creating certain types of mandalas. In this book, she teaches how to create a variety of mandalas and spiritual symbols step-by-step.
Attached is my first attempt after reading the beginning instructions for a freehand mandala. [UPDATE: I am adding a second mandala I drew last night based on the instructions in Chapter 2. Note that I don't think I have ever gone this far in a How To art book. But following the instructions (and following the encouragement of Kathryn to add my own ideas) is making my heart sing!]
I really love that she keeps it simple with just enough detailed explanation.
If you want to learn how to draw mandalas, you won't find a better book than this. In fact, I usually prefer videos, but these instructions and pictures are really clear.
You are guided how to select and use art supplies, how to draw mandalas both by the free hand method and by using a grid, how to draw the much sought sacred geometry mandalas and Celtic spirals, as well as a labyrinth. It covers all the different shapes, patterns, fillers and embellishments
used in traditional, modern and Mehndi mendalas as well as how to use mandalas for healing and self-expression. It includes the benefits of mandalas, how to interpret your mandalas and color interpretation. Kathryn has covered multiple types of mixed media, showing how to use each one to create very unique mandalas and also how to make mixed media mats to frame your work.
I would rate this as my best book purchase of the past several years.
This is a wonderful and beautiful book, full of rich ideas, techniques and tips.
Everything is very clear and the instructions are easy to understand and to follow.
As far as I am concerned, it gives me a new and fresh impetus to bring my mandala practice to the next level.
I highly recommend this book to everybody interested in mandalas, be they already hooked or new to mandalas.
Attached 2 mandalas I created with the technique explained pages 84-85 (collage background)
Fabienne (from Geneva, Switzerland).
The 10 chapters include: the freehand method; the grid method; sacred geometry; patterns, filers, and embellishments; Celtic spirals; mehndi mandalas; playing with color; painted backgrounds; collage mandalas; mandalas for healing & self-expression.
I have no art background or training, but the first chapter makes it easy to get started. I attached a mandala using the techniques described in Chapter 1, which is a work in progress, as an example of how accessible this book is for beginners.