I have a review copy of this paperback and I'm just getting into it. " Mandala" comes from the Sanskrit word for "circle". I've played around with creating some, off and on, but I'm not that good at detailed designs. Wendy Piersall, the illustrator of this collection, has been drawing mandala colouring pages since 2009. For this collection, she has taken her inspiration from the animal kingdom and spun them into intricate designs. Mandalas have been used for meditation and healing for thousands of years. The idea here is that colouring these designs - and thereby turning them into works of art- will bring relaxation, more focus, a higher state of meditation and simple enjoyment. I've shared mine around a bit and I'll report further on reactions to colouring these designs. I'm impressed with both the detail and the individuality. They are obviously created by hand as there are often subtle differences. There is a you-tube video of Wendy colouring at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GjK1FOe6Ag which is fun to watch but since it is time-lapse photography, you don't get the relaxing effect- for that, you have to do it yourself.
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