leaf mandala

Hi everyone! Apologies for the delay in writing. I have lots of ideas but not as much free time as I would like to sit down to write and photograph. I would rather blog less often and create interesting, quality posts for you guys than publish a half-hearted post every couple of days, so my ideas for new posts will eventually appear! ๐Ÿ™‚

I recently led my classmates through an activity which we all enjoyed doing. So I thought I would share it with you here! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can complete this task alone or alongside others. The inspiration for this activity is from the blog ย Creativity in Therapy, and the nature and meditative and mindful aspects of it really appeal to me.

You will need paper (I used A3, but A4 is fine too), a leaf (or leaves, it’s up to you really), a pencil or marker to draw the circle for the mandala as well as trace around the leaf, and art materials of your choice to colour the mandala in later.

Here’s mine from start to finish:

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I know it seems a bit messy – I had to fold it up and place inside one of my books to bring home from class.

Give it a go – it is a great way to spend an hour! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you try it, please show me a photo of what you have created in the comments below. ๐Ÿ™‚

knowing when to stop

Hi everyone,

I hope you have had a great weekend, and a fun Valentine’s Day if you celebrate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used the occasion as a prompt for two drawings, one based on a mandala the other a critter from my imagination. The second is called “Love Bites!”

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When creating both of these images there were pivotal points. Points in which I could stop and consider the drawing finished, or I could keep going. Something I’ve found when drawing is that it is important to know when to stop. “Less is more” is certainly true when it comes to drawing, in my humble opinion!

Drawing these wasย fun and relaxing.

Have you been drawing or otherwise creating lately? Feel free to share a link to your work! ๐Ÿ™‚