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Mandala Coloring Pages: Relax and Unwind with this Meditative Activity

Updated on January 4, 2017
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Sadie Holloway is a writer and artist who uses the power of journaling to bring more peace, serenity, and joy into her life.

Print some free mandala designs from the internet, put on some soothing music, and let your hands lead your mind into a relaxed state by filling the mandalas in with your favorite shades and hues.

Colored pencils are a popular choice for mandala coloring pages.
Colored pencils are a popular choice for mandala coloring pages.

Drawing or coloring a Mandala can ease stress and put you in a relaxed state of mind. Many people find that focusing on a single, simple task can help relax the mind and quiet the endless internal chatter that drones on throughout the day, and sometime late into the night!

A Mandala is based on a circle, a timeless symbol found in many diverse cultures, religions and spiritual practices around the world. Circles and spheres are found in halos, medicine wheels, Aztec calendars, architecture, and of course, nature. Mandalas are sacred circles, inlaid with intricate or simple patterns. Mandalas are used in meditation in many eastern religions.

Like many self-care rituals, coloring Mandalas is a meditative practice. And scientists and health practictioners have often suggested that activities that reduce stress can also boost immune system functioning, reduce or prevent depression, lower pain and inflammation, and reduce high blood pressure. Coloring a Mandalas at the end of the day of a busy day can also help promote restful sleep when combined with other good bedtime habits (i.e.; reduced caffeine intake, shutting down electronic devices).

Coloring mandalas are a beautiful way to relax.
Coloring mandalas are a beautiful way to relax.

Finding a mandala to color is as easy as "double click and print". There are hundreds of free mandalas available for you to download and print, absolutely free.

Check out these links free Mandala coloring pages and choose a mandala design that speaks to your mood.

Free Coloring Mandalas on Hello Kids: This webpage has a great selection of coloring mandalas suitable for beginners or experts. The site features a variety of mandala themes and motifs from animals and plants to dragons and travel destinations. There's something for everyone on this free mandala coloring page site.

Coloring Mandalas on Coloring Castle: Here's another site with loads of mandala designs to fill in with the colors of your choice. If you enjoy coloring pages, this site has hundreds of other designs to choose from as well.

Computer printing tips: Before you send your coloring mandala to your printer, make sure to select print preview and check that the page layout is appropriate for your design. Some downloadable coloring mandalas need to be printed portrait style so that the design fits on one page. Modify your margins and print settings as needed before you print your selected mandala design.

If you are feeling adventurous and you want to try your hand at designing your own coloring mandala instead of printing one off the internet, check out the video tutorial on the right.

Mandala designs can also be used to create and decorate:

  • Quilts
  • Gardens and landscapes
  • Pottery, ceramics, and clay sculptures
  • Clothing
  • Body art and tattoos
  • Jewelry
  • Carpets
  • Tile work
  • Edible art
  • Stained glass windows
  • Carvings in wood furniture

What are the best drawing materials to use on a coloring mandala?

There are a variety of different materials you can use to color your mandala. Each different medium will produce different results on your drawing. You may also find that some materials and mediums are easier to use than others, depending on where you are working. For example, if you are working on a small coloring mandala on your lunch break at work, lightweight, portable materials such as a simple pack of felt tip markers or sharpened pencil crayons may do the trick.

If you're working on a more complex mandala that you might like to hang as a piece of art in your home or office, high-quality materials such as waterproof, fade-proof inks and watercolor paints are a good choice. If you want deep, rich color and you don't mind working with materials that are messy and will smudge easily, oil pastels are suitable for your coloring mandala.

The most important thing when choosing a medium to work with is to pick something that feels right to you.

Mandalas can be etched on a sandy beach or drawn using natural elements such as stones, leaves, grass, seeds, and flowers.
Mandalas can be etched on a sandy beach or drawn using natural elements such as stones, leaves, grass, seeds, and flowers.

Which way do you like to color your mandala?

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Coloring a Mandala is a wonderful way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day.
Coloring a Mandala is a wonderful way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day.

Crop Circles and Mandalas have a lot in common.

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