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How to make a mandala #MakeItMonday

Mandala front

Make a simple mandala using materials you see every day. It is probably one of the most therapeutic crafts that you can create with your little ones or let the grandparents have a go at creating a beautiful piece of art. Research shows the acts of creative expression and social interaction are can improve health, both mentally and physically in our ageing community.

A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in form. In fact, "mandala" is a Sanskrit word that means "circle". Mandalas generally have one identifiable centre point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.

In essence, mandalas represent the connection between our inner worlds and outer reality. Designing your own mandalas can be both inspirational and therapeutic.

You wiill need: 

  • 15 x 15cm canvas
  • A pencil
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Glue
  • Brushes (different sizes)
  • Paint (black and different colours) 
  • Felt tip
  • Round tray

Step 1: 

Colour your canvas black

Step 2:

With a pencil, draw around a round tray for the outline of your art

Step 3:

Dot around the circle using lollipop sticks

Step 4:

Dip the glue lid in paint and use it to create circles on the inside

Step 5:

Use the brush to dot in between the circles that have been created by a glue lid

Step 6:

Use toothpicks to create intricate circles between the big circles

Step 7:

With a brush, paint over any bits that didn't come out perfect and tidy up your mandala

Step 8:

Using a different brush, use the end of it to dot different colour circles 

Step 9:

Use the lid of a felt tip to create 3D circles of various sizes

Step 10: 

Repeat with lollipop sticks and toothpicks to create different colour and size circles all around the mandala

Research shows the acts of creative expression and social interaction are can improve health, both mentally and physically in our ageing community. Visit our website to find out more about sessions for the elderly in your area and how it can benefit you and your family.

You can now visit your local Creation Station sessions for ageing community in your area. As we age there are many physical, social and emotional benefits of being involved in creative activities. Find out more about Arts and Crafts creative wellbeing sessions by clicking here and find a class in your area today!

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