Pens and papers. Compasses and rulers. Pencils and erasers. In case you’re wondering, these are the basic tools for Mandala art. In my opinion, Mandala art is one of the most under-stated areas of art, and it shouldn’t be.
It’s intricacies and lines are amazing. It takes a lot of time and concentration, because you don’t want to mess up the lines and curves! They convey different messages too, it all depends on how you see it.
The art of Mandala originated from Asia, in countries like India, Nepal and Malaysia. Mandalas were originally shaped as squares or circles. However, with the advancement and development of art, and practically almost everything else, they’ve evolved into so much more. People use Mandalas to draw trees, faces, bodies, flowers – so many beautiful and earthy creations.
Tawfiqah is a Mandala artist from Nigeria, and she’s been drawing Mandalas for two years now, if not more. Because drawing Mandalas require filling spaces up with colors, she often describes the process as a therapeutic one she’s very much in love with. You can find her on Instagram @tawfiqah_.
The first Mandala is white and black made up of circles, lots and lots of intertwined circles – amazing, huh? And there’s a flower in the middle of it. There are flowers everywhere, but the flower in the center is like a symbolic allusion to how flowers bloom and spread. There are endless patterns in each circles, and it will definitely set your mind rolling.
The second Mandala is a direct opposite of the first. It boasts an array of contrasting colors that complement each other beautifully. We’ve got black and white, pink, orange and blue, yellow and purple. The shape of this Mandala defy the conventional patterns that most Mandalas follow. I don’t know how and why, but this sort of reminds me of the Ka’abah.
The third Mandala is a perfect example of a therapeutic piece. This looks like the kind of view you’ll be gifted with if you look down from the topmost level of a stairway. It has this whole smallest to biggest effect too. On a therapeutic note, I imagine that filling up the spaces with black ink will have a calming effect. Like “hey!This is one thing I’m in control of.”
Tawfiqah’s Mandala will only get better with time. She’s already developing her own style, and I believe this art is something to watch out for.