Here is some of that coloring in I have been doing.
These four images illustrate that you can convert a diagram into something ‘artistic’ with only a handful of colored pencils or Texta or Crayola markers.
Some advice if you choose to work with markers, as I did for Mandala 7. Start coloring with the lighter colors. I did the pink stars and the light blue and violet spaces between the circles first, before I started on the dark blue.
Place a sheet of paper underneath the sheet you’re working on to stop the markers spoiling the next diagram in the book, and use another sheet as a hand guard to prevent smudging.
Mandala 9 is composed of relatively large elements, making it the easiest mandala in the books to color in. I’m exploring some warm earth tones with this one, using 6 different colored pencils.
In Mandala 8 I thought I’d see what could be done with two colors.
I started on Mandala 4 with Derwent Artist colored pencils – I confess that I have quite a collection of colored pencils.
In this one, I have employed 4 different colors. I use a separate sheet of paper as a hand guard when working with colored pencils as well. Not with the intention of preventing smudging of the colors but as a way of preventing oil from my hands marking the paper – something I learnt when studying pencil drawing.
Get yourself a coloring book and spend some relaxing hours adding color to your day.
Thanks for dropping by, Peter.
A couple of examples of the mandalas in the Coloring Books.