Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Mandala for the Earth

The theme for this week's I am the Diva: Certified Zentangle Teacher is
Earth Day also called Amanda Day by Laura's son Chewie :). I thought I would do my tangle art with minimum of foot print, using impermanent organic materials. I was not breaking any new ground, just borrowing from the Tamil practice of kolam drawing. I did not have the materials that are typically used in Tamilnadu. So, I improvised. I drew the mandala using  rice flour, turmeric and pink vermilion (kumkum) powder on a bamboo cutting board. Because the powders I used were finely ground and smooth (unlike those used in typical kolam drawing), they did not lend to smooth and intricate line drawing. But, I was not aiming for perfection. After it was completed, I gathered the powders and mingled them with the mud in the backyard.

I washed the bamboo board and put it away.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. The earth would be nothing without the sun. This tile is so indicitive of the sun, in color and design. I love it!

  2. By the way.....what a great idea using powders to produce such beauty!

  3. what a great idea! i love it! and your zendala is really pretty :)

  4. Very creative! I am from India and I too love drawing kolam (pulli kolam in particular) which I feel give the same meditative feel of drawing zentangles.

    About a year and half back I got an opportunity to draw a large pulli-kolam as a mural-art on the walls of my cousin's new house and you can see it at the link below.

    I'm sure it will bring back fond memories of Tamil nadu & your childhood.



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