I learned how to do this in hospital and it’s extremely calming. Let your imagination run wild. Research mandalas and patterns to get some ideas. They can be as easy or as complex as you like.


  • 1 Mandala pattern (you can find templates online or draw your own)
  • a few gel pens (colours to suit)
  • 1 piece cardboard backing
  • 1 picture frame


  1. Find your mandala template and print it out, or draw one yourself.
  2. Draw/doodle in each section creating any patterns you please (great calming technique). Take your time and let your imagination take over!
  3. Once completed I mounted on a back cardboard back and framed it.

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  • EllenG89
    • 19 May 2015
      12:01 pm

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  • Looks beautiful.


  • Very creative and effective as artwork


  • This looks great, but probably not an activity for me.


  • It does looking amazing in its frame. Think I’m going to have to google mandalas and have a go at making one


  • Your calming mandala look’s brilliant! Thanks!


  • Wonderful original artwork. I guess you could add colour if you wished.


  • Wow this looks magnificant. Will definitely be trying this one.


  • These are great, could even take one from my colouring book.


  • Very nice! I’ve got a couple of mandalas around my home (a dolphin, a kookaburra..) but it would be lovely to have one self-made!!


  • Ooh this is so simple to make and looks like an amazing art deco piece for the house! Thanks for sharing!


  • this looks amazing thanks for sharing


  • A beautiful idea and it would be a great calming technique; thanks for sharing!.


  • learnt how to do in hospital


  • mandala calming


  • I’ve never heard of this before but it looks great! I’ll try it for sure!


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