The following text has been excerpted from Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature by Peter Cole and Leslie Jonath, (BlueStreak, 2018). Art, meditation, and nature meet in this adult focused activity book, with projects that take inspiration from the natural environment, using blooms, pods, branches, stones, and other natural elements.
In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, mandalas are spiritual and ritual symbols that represent the wholeness of the universe. The outer ring of a mandala symbolizes wisdom; the inner rings are reminders of the impermanence of life.
This rhythmic arrangement places whole flowers in a circular, radiant pattern embellished with leaves, grasses, and other natural materials. A Flower Mandala can help create a sacred space, or be used as an aid to meditation. The more harmonious mandalas have a restrained palette of three colors but an unlimited number of hues. Ours was made in warm tones of reds, pinks, and purples, with undertones made from white petals.
Making a mandala from whole flowers takes time and patience. Unlike the sparse elegance of the Petal Mandala, whole-flower structures have a dimensionality that adds to the challenge — and to the beauty — of the final product. Since whole head flower mandalas require an abundance of plant material, we recommend buying flowers at a farmers market or a flower shop where you can gather local blooms.
This text has been excerpted from Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature by Peter Cole and Leslie Jonath, (BlueStreak, 2018).
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