You already know my passion about making mandalas on paper but now I learnt how to paint mandalas in stones. I participated in a workshop led by Silvia from Shiva Yoga Retreats and it as a really nice experience. The place vas very cozy and she is an amazing teacher. It was also an opportunity to get to know more people with the same interest and it was very funny because each participant in the group belonged to a different country!
So now I’m going to talk a little bit about what I learnt in the workshop although I still need more practice and for sure I would like to keep learning and mastering my skills.
First, Silvia put some words in the center of the table for us to choose one word we felt identificated with. I chose the word “happiness”. Then, we did a little meditation to relax and imagine a color- this color was going to be the starting color of our mandala. After this, we could start painting. In this case, the technique is different and we require different materials as in mandalas made on paper.
In this mandalas we paint the stone making dots of different sizes. The style is very free so you can use a template to guide you or you can make the shape that you like. Then, you can use the colors that you prefer and make a beautiful design. In my case, as I thought about yellow during the meditation, it was my starting color. When you feel that the mandala is finished you can retouch it with metallic colors to give it an aspect of movement. All these materials are easy to find in Amazon.
To finish my post I would like to recommed trying this hobbie to everybody because it is very relaxing and it is a good way to spend our free time. Moreover, you don’t need to be very creative in order to create mandalas, it is better to go with the flow and paint what you feel in the moment. I’m so glad that I participated in the workshop and as I mentioned before, I would like to practise more. Here I will leave you the social media of my teacher Silvia in case anyone is interested.
Thank you for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it and it heped you to discover a new hobbie!
Raquel Conejo Husillos
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Solidarity Corps
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