A few weeks ago I noticed Zen Doodling by Carolyn Scrace on the bookshelf at a friend’s house. I flipped through it, loved it, went to order it, but saw where Carolyn Scrace had a new book coming out, so I ended up pre-ordering Zen Doodling Mandalas instead.
Scrace’s book offers step-by-step instructions for how to draw classic labyrinth patterns, how to create specific mandala embellishments, and how to apply certain design principles such as tonal value. The book just came out last week, and is one of the most thorough step-by-step instruction books for drawing mandalas that I’ve seen yet. It’s technical. It gives me the mechanical details of how to create a certain look.
Random Side Note: Zen Doodling is not to be confused with Zentangle, which is a proprietary method of drawing that results in designs that have a very consistent look and feel. Zentanglers call their mandalas “Zendalas,” and, from what I understand their creative process is very formulaic. This particular book, Zen Doodling Mandalas, does not appear to be affiliated with the “official” Zentangle brand in any way.