We have all become quite familiar with the common image of a Mandala, especially within contemporary western tattooing. However as most of you will know by now, I’m most concerned with what surrounds an art form, the rituals, process and build up to the final piece.
A mandala is a map of the universe. Tibetan monks work together for several days to make a mandala of coloured sand, which is then ritually destroyed. The sand is then taken to a river where it is released back into the landscape.
Before a sand mandala is made, negative forces must be removed from the ground where it will be placed. Monks dance out a mandala shape, pinning down demons underfoot and creating a protective zone where no harm can enter. .
1▪️Loves getting up close to the Dinosaurs
2▪️Lots of fun doing the Coloured Sand Trail at Gardenworld
3▪️Harrison arranging his Paw Patrol books
4▪️Harrison loves reading books
5▪️Found my Hello Kitty suitcase I got for my 4th Birthday
Fuck I’m missing home just a tad more today 😪 the main thing I miss is camping down beach, going fishing and spearing along coloured sands all day and then walking back to the water hole and having a nice cold bath from the fresh water springs that runs down the hill then going back to camp and having the maddest feed cooked on the fire by Aunty Selina and then just play cards and talking shit with my cousins all night. miss my Kerr bear family so much ❤️ I don’t wanna brag but it’s the best life anyone could have. #elimbeach#colouredsand#home#hopevale
How gorgeous is this sand from @cleverpatch - Super speedy delivery too considering I live in a semi-rural area and they only re-opened less than a week ago! I plan on using these as part of my sensory rotation on literacy groups. I’ve been creating a whole mix of resources these holidays to keep my little Year 1’s engaged and interested. Also, that rainbow feeling 😍🌈
Post Women's Aid session:
We opted for making coloured sand which we then used to create transient sensory images. We then gathered the sand and layered it into glass jars to take home.
We mixed up the coloured "sand" using chalk and salt (pour some salt into a bowl and taking a stick of chalk draw circles in the salt. The salt basically exfoliates layers of chalk off and takes on the colour in the process 👌) with consideration for the significance of those colours for us.
Then we made spouts using paper and poured the sand on to large sheets of black paper, making patterns and shapes using different pouring methods, our fingers and spoons. This sensory part of the session was filled with noise created by the salt grains as they fell to the table, were moved around, and then were gathered up again.
Once we had had fun making images the sand was layered up in glass jars in whatever pattern or combination that felt right.
It gave us time to think about using chalk and enjoying messy play - something a lot of adults haven't don't for years. It was a chance to create for the sake of creating, as the images we made were then destroyed. And it gave us time to try out fine skills of pouring lines and shapes using the salt.
All in all, a mix of creative practices that complemented each other well 🙌🙌 #makersgonnamake#creativityeveryday#creativearts#craftideas#easycrafts#diycrafts#creativetherapy#therapeuticarts#artsandcrafts#crafts#emotionalwork#colouredsand#messyplay#playtherapy