Don’t you just love this time of year, a time to slow down, savor life, and indulge in our little hobbies? For the final post of 2015, I want to share with you 12 beautiful mandala coloring pages, plus a set of color-your-own mandalas 2016 calendar to download. =)
In addition, this will be a mini art tutorial on how to color mandalas!
Mandalas are considered patterns of the cosmos. If we observe closely, we see them in almost everything from a small flower to the infinite galaxy.
The activities of drawing and painting mandalas have been used as a meditation for centuries to clear the mind and to connect with our inner peace and happiness.
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Here comes 5 secrets on coloring beautiful mandalas:
#1 . No need to start at the center! You can start any where. Pick a spot in the design that catches your attention first, and pick a color that you feel inspired to use as a starting point.
#2 . Use any materials you like, and mix them up! Color pencils, watercolor, ink pens, makers, acrylic, etc, can all be used for coloring, and no rule says you can only use one kind in each painiting!
I do prefer a thicker paper to print these coloring pages out (download link at the end) ,this great card stock you can get on Amazon . I have used it on most of the paper craft projects you see here, such as this 3D 2016 printable calendar!
#3 . White is a color. We often assume white means NO-colors, when in fact white is a very important color! It looks great next to all other colors, and adds brilliance to a painting.
#4 . It’s all about relationships. Colors are like musical notes, it is not so much about a single note, but more about how each note sounds next to one another.
Sometimes less is more. A few colors working in harmony together will radiate and appear color-FULL.
#5 . Don’t be afraid to mess up! We all encounter fears in a creative process. For example, I liked the mandala to the right in the photo below, but I was wondering what if I add more blue to it?
I could sense the fear of “ruining it”. Then I told myself: “just print another one if this one is ruined!” and as you can see in the next photo, the blue mandala came out very pretty, right?
Here are the coloring pages for you to download:
More fun projects to check out: how to paint on black paper and create a magical landscape of cherry blossom and moonlight!
I will be enjoying some slow time and delicious day-dreaming. Back in mid-January with lots more fresh goodies! =)
Here are the coloring pages for you to download (new sets come out each October, stay tuned!) –
Wish you and your loved ones a magical holiday season! xo