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How to Make a Tibetan Mandala Part 2
We’re going to go ahead and start with applying the sand and I’ve got a piece of paper here to put underneath. This is going to be a real good way to shake off the excess sand and then you carefully funnel what you can back into the original color. Now, sometimes you’re going to end up throwing away some of the sand because it’s going to get mixed with other colors depending on the way that you work on this. But I suggest that you start by working from the center out. And what you want to do is work on different sections and don’t work on a section right next to another section until it’s completely dry.
So what you have to do is kind of skip around and then let the section of it dry and then come back and add some more. So we’re kind of work in the sections. So I’m going to start in the center here and do my little flower like shape. And you might want to have your variety of brushes for the different shapes you’re going to be painting. And we’re going to use the palmer medium and you’re just going to paint the palmer right inside of the shape that you intend to color with sand. And you have to be real careful because wherever the palmer is that’s where your sand is going. Here we go.
I think I’m going to start with red in the center. So you just kind of carefully sprinkle. And if you’ve used glitter before, this is isn’t any different in using glitter and you can see how nicely it covers the area. And then, you just take you paper and you put that back in.
Now, the next area, I don’t want to work right next to this one because if for some reason, some of the next color you put here can gets into this, it’s going to be real hard to get it out because the palmer is still wet. So we want to go to a different area. So I’m thinking that we will work on the triangles here. You’ll notice that I only did a small section of these triangles here and the reason why is so that when I dump the sand off, the sand from this side isn’t going to run right across what I just did. So I can minimize the amount of purple that may accidentally end up on the red. So I’m actually going to do the ring of triangles in small sections.
Now, this is not difficult to do. It just takes patience like most art projects. And you just have to go slowly and make sure you fill in each shape. You could also this if you want to do a Native American’s sand painting because they also do the same sort of thing. The medicine man uses the sand paintings when they’re trying to cure somebody.
So I’m just going to go ahead here and continue with my water, little waves. And I’m just doing a little section at a time so my sand basically is falling in the same direction. And make certain when you put your palmer down that it doesn’t get too sticky. You want it to be kind of as even and flat as you can get it on there so that your sand goes down evenly. Now, when you start putting colors next to colors, you really need to make certain that the old colors there are dry. I mean they really have to be dry because you don’t want the color you’re putting next to it just starts sticking to the glue from the other color.
Now, we’ve just got the outer circle, our circle of fire to finish. To avoid having areas of white, you have to be really careful and about your painting right up next to the area of dry sand so that you don’t have too many white areas that don’t have sand on them. You can always go back and touch them up but it’s easier to do it to get it at the first time around. We’re just about to finish and there’s just one little spot I want to touch up. And as it dries, you can always go back and do any areas that you think need a little retouching.
And there we have our mandala and you probably make get the feeling of how much work is involved in creating a mandala. So have fun and just be patient and it will be completed.