Freestyle Mandalas


Mandalas have long been a favorite of mine—etched, embroidered, drawn, painted, inked, done with full focus or my eyes half-shut. Mandalas are good medicine for a lot of troubles, very meditative and methodical—even when asymmetrical.

There are many collections of mandalas to be found online, and I admire them for their symmetry and precision. There may be some drooling, yes. And how cool is this coloring book? Wow.

I don’t use a circular template (which has rather small circles) or a drawing compass, because freehand makes my heart sing. I’d go slightly insane if I tried for mandala perfection, so I enjoy artistic irregularity to the fullest. I was happily surprised to find other beautiful mandalas that are freehand.


I’ve been gathering mandalas I’ve created to show the 6-10 year old kids at Art Club for an upcoming class. I’m sharing some of them here first, and remembering all my many, many mandalas drawn on clothing, postcards, letters, disposable napkins, walls (legally, of course), menus, train schedules and play bills that I’ve lost track of. Maybe they’re still out in the world somewhere…





Aside from recent embroidery projects, the majority of my mandalas have been monotone, usually black ink using Koh-I-Noor Rapidographs—my best friends for many years (in a totally not sad way). But for the Art Club session on mandalas, I’m working on samples that would have pleased every person (there were a lot) during my teen years who said “Why don’t you try color? Just a little wouldn’t hurt, right?” That I like black ink never seemed to make an impression. Ah well.IMG_20150111_085439



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4 responses to “Freestyle Mandalas

  1. I never knew what these were called, today I learned something new!

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  2. My daughter glanced at these and said, “cooool…can we do some?” I love the ink (?) one at the top best of all.


  3. Claire, I’m going to be posting about my young artists’ mandalas next week. Please share if your daughter makes one. I’d love to see it 🙂


  4. We did a ‘free hand’ black pen on brown paper one the very evening I read your post, inspired by your first picture! But then my daughter insisted on cutting it out (around the circle) and it didn’t look so good then! I may stick it back onto brown paper – I will try to email it to you later!


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