It’s mid-June, and already it feels like 2020 has bruised us all. I started off my own year by being unemployed – having been laid off by my last company in December of 2019 (not COVID related). In the early months of 2020, as I was doing my unsuccessful best to hunt for a new position, we began learning about COVID-19, and soon things were shutting down and we were staying at home. Adding one thing on top of another wasn’t easy for anyone, and I turned to art as a way to calm my thoughts and give me something creative to do. I found that hand-drawing mandala designs gave me a way to unplug from everything for a while.
I posted those mandalas on my Instagram account at the time, and had some really lovely responses from people. Since 2020 has continued to challenge everyone, I thought I would share some of the things that have been helping me. With that in mind, I’ve created Ring Around the Sun, a collection of 21 of those mandala drawings, provided for anyone to print and color. Hopefully they’ll provide you some calm and creativity like they did for me.
When printing, I recommend setting your printer for single-sided printing and using a paper thick enough to support your coloring materials. Cardstock will work well for most all art supplies, as long as it will feed through your printer.