Real Flower Mandalas

Roses, chrysanthemums, daisies, dahlias, sunflowers, lilies and blooms in a rainbow of colors. This was the scene at a school festival this past weekend where I helped create flower mandalas. The folks planning the festival provided flower bouquets as mandala ingredients and another mom and some of the kids cut flowers, looking for interesting shapes and forms to use in the mandalas. Kids kneeled down and helped place flowers for a few minutes then moved on. Some took photographs. 

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When we arrived, two 8th graders were finishing this gorgeous mandala. These guys were part of a mandala drawing session I did at school last year. I love the look and feel of this mandala and the way they used the shapes and colors.

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I jumped in {OK, I didn't jump because of the foot-surgery-recuperation thing} but carefully sat down in the mulch and made this very loose and open mandala. 

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It was a beautiful evening with temperatures in the high 60s.  Fortunately there was no wind that evening. These are iPhone photos taken just before sun started to set; there was a lovely angle of light. It was fun... but more than that, it was a good experience to create tangible {albeit temporary} mandalas with dimension and texture. 

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There were initially three separate mandalas then some long elegant branches and linear flowers sparked the impromptu  idea of bringing them together with another mandala made of lines emanating from the center. Like wrapping them with a bow! 

They developed in a wonderfully organic fashion. About two hours of creating felt very, very good. And that outweighed how very, very sore I was the next two days!