- Flower Mandalas – Artist Kathy Klein creates brightly-colored mandalas from flower parts, seeds, pods, cones and other nature elements. Originally, Kathy created these awe-inspiring mandalas (she calls them danmalas) in public areas and left them for others to discover. She now sells prints and calendars of her work.
- Found Object Mandalas – Artist Matt W. Moore designs mandalas from found objects, which typically include seeds, sticks and stones. His Mosaic Mandala Series: Utah Natural Elements feature mandalas made entirely from bits of dried grass, dead branches, bark, river pebbles and other natural elements foraged from the land.
Nature Mandala Coloring Pages
Nature is a common theme in mandalas in coloring pages. While many are designed for children and may contain images of animals, birds, flowers and other natural elements, some are designed for adults as well. A flower mandala may feature the intricacies of one flower or may contain different flowers of varying size, shape or color. These mandalas may be used simply for the joy of coloring beautiful designs, used in meditation or framed and displayed as art.
How to Make a Nature Mandala
There are several ways to make your own nature mandalas, depending on your desires. Making nature mandalas in the sand is an excellent family activity and will keep children (and adults) entertained for hours are they search for the perfect elements in nature to complete the design. These temporary mandalas can be both relaxing and enlightening to make. Taking a picture of the finished product preserves the moment and keeps the memory alive. Frame the photos or create a mandala book with photos of nature mandalas to use as inspiration or to jog the memory of happy times.
Children also enjoy gathering natural elements and gluing them to paper or board to make a nature mandala. This makes a great way to display seashells, sea glass, pebbles and cones collected while on vacation. Other options include hand drawing flowers, seeds, animals or items from nature in a mandala pattern. For the photographer in the family, using computer software to transform a flower into a mandala can be a lot of fun. You can even create a garden mandala by planting flowers in concentric circles to create a symmetrical design.
Nature mandalas combine the beauty of nature with the reported spiritual growth associated with mandalas. They also promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and can be used as a focusing tool during meditation.