May 11, 2011

Mandala Drawing on an Old CD

A mandala is an abstract design that is usually circular in form. It is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. Mandalas generally have one center point from which radiate an assortment of shapes and designs.
1.  I wanted to start with a bright background on my old CD, so I spray painted it white until it was totally opaque. After it was dry, I brushed it with some watery glue to make a more slippery surface. I learned that would help keep my markers from plugging up later on.
2.  After the glue was dry, I used a ruler and pencil to estimate lines that would divide the CD into 8 equal sections. Younger students could use a template to do this.
3. Starting with just one section, I drew simple diamonds, circles, leaves and curves to fill it up. When complete, I repeated the shapes in the same manner until all 8 sections matched each other. After the pencil lines were done, they were all traced with a fine tip black Sharpie marker. Lastly, the shapes were all colored in with Sharpie markers, taking care to keep the colors all symmetrical. 
CA Visual Arts Standard: Grade Two
2.5 Use bilateral or radial symmetry to create visual balance.

9 comments:

Debra said...

Great! this was just what I was looking for...thanks for all your great ideas:)

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

This is so beautiful. These would be pretty hung up with fishing line if decorated on both sides. Do you have a pdf of the template by any chance?

Kathy Barbro said...

No template for this one Sarah. Once they draw the 'pie' they're on their own.

galakoala said...

i love your ideas! i'm sure you're really good teacher:)
greetings from Poland!

TeachKidsArt said...

I love mandalas and can't wait to try this! Did you use primer or just regular spray paint? I wouldn't have thought to paint it with glue.... did you use Elmer's for that??

Kathy Barbro said...

Actually, my first go around was the most successful. I used a couple of layers of cheap white acrylic paint, and then coated everything with watery Elmers glue to make a more slippery surface. My 2nd try with white spray paint and a clear glossy spray finish was less successful as the Sharpies kept getting plugged up. Live and learn, hope that helps.

bbb said...

I am an 8th grade math teacher and trying to find lots of "end of the year" math/art projects. I have gotten a ton of great ideas from your site...thanks! My question - would it work with crayola/rose art type markers as I cannot afford to supply 90 plus students with sharpies?

Kathy Barbro said...

That's a good question, and my answer is "I'm not sure". My guess is that it might be fine as I think regular markers work on other painted surfaces. All I can say is that it is probably worth a test. I'd love to know what you find out, if I could. Thanks!

Nathan Toft said...

Thanks for sharing this. I'm a 5/6 teacher in Ottawa, Canada always on the hunt for engaging art activities. My students really enjoyed. We ended up leaving the CD aspect of it out, but I thought the results were pretty good.

You can see a video of them at:

http://mrtoft2011.edublogs.org/2011/03/12/mandala-art/