How to Create Sacred Geometry Mandalas
Martha Bartfeld, Mandalart Creations, Santa Fe, New Mexico, $19.95, paperback,
"How to Create Sacred Geometry Mandalas" is yet another outstanding offering
from Martha Bartfeld, the author of the bestseller "Magic Mandala Coloring Book"
and the founder of the Martha Bartfeld School of Holistic Education. In an
extremely accessible style, Martha shows you how to create sixty unique mandala
designs using simple, inexpensive tools.
Mandalas are symmetrical, geometric designs usually drawn inside a circle,
hexagon, or other geometric forms. Mandala means "circle" in the Sanskrit
language. For centuries, various cultures including the Hindus, Tantric
Buddhists, Celts, and Native Americans, have used spiritual circles as symbols
for meditation and holistic healing, as well as created geometric motifs in
their native art forms. "Sacred geometry mandalas," says the author, "are
timeless, ageless, eternal, brought into existence by Nature in forms such as
snowflakes, flowers and starfish, and in the spirals of seashells and rams'
In "How to Create Sacred Geometry Mandalas," following Martha's clear, step-by-
step instructions and illustrations, and using just a compass, protractor,
ruler, pencil, and eraser, you can explore the magic of geometric designs. Those
who have no previous knowledge of geometry need not worry; a section on basic
geometric forms is included, explaining right from the parts of a circle to the
different types of angles and figures. Four well-organized sections provide
details for drawing both simple and intricate mandalas in triangles, pentagons,
dodecagons, and other geometric forms.
You may feel bewildered at first while trying out the designs, but the author
suggests that with a bit of practice and trial and error, you will become
proficient at it. "Should you feel really lost, don't despair - Martha's there!"
She encourages you to either email or fax her, so that she can "walk you through
the procedure." Once you have mastered the beautiful designs illustrated in this
book, Martha guides you to create your own patterns. Of paramount importance,
according to her, is you should "always, always, strive for precision,
proportion and balance" while improvising designs. In the final section, she
gives valuable tips for coloring mandalas.
The beauty of a mandala, point outs Martha, is that it is a timeless and
versatile art form. "It can be made small enough to fit a button, or large
enough to be the dominating attraction of a hotel lobby floor or ceiling"; it
can be created by the young and the old, the novice and the experienced. Her
wonderfully illustrated, user-friendly book is a perfect gift for anyone wanting
to explore their creativity, cultivate "appreciation of the purity of line and
the poetry of flowing motion," or connect to the higher self.
February 14, 2006