Everyone has their own ways to unwind. Some people watch TV. Some take luxurious baths. Some play puzzle games on their phones...
As for me? I make mandalas.
Creating these colorful, dot-filled designs has the same soothing, addictive nature as playing puzzle games (which I can't keep on my phone unless I want to waste whole days of my life). But with mandalas (unlike with phone games), I end up with a work of art to show for all my dawdling. And I can also listen to Audiobooks at the same time, so it's a great way to multi-task.
I began making mandalas this past spring. Gradually, over the past eight months or so, I accumulated an entire collection of unique designs. Since I was quite proud of (some) of them, I didn't want to abandon them on my personal hard drive.
But what could I do with them? Surely, there was something.
Naturally, I turned to social media. Specifically, Instagram.
Behold! I have a new account — @merrymandala — where I've been posting mandalas regularly. I even participated in Inktober this year by creating a new mandala every day.
But the real experiment is Redbubble.
Redbubble is an online store where artists upload their designs to be printed on products such as stickers, hats, phone cases, and more.
Just to see what would happen, I created a Redbubble shop — MerryMandalas — and began uploading my designs. Before I knew it, I made a sale. The experiment (so far) is a success! At the moment, my Redbubble sales can only be measured in cups of coffee or gallons of gas, but even that is a pleasant surprise.
So that's the story of my mandala experiment.
Making mandalas really is a great alternative to playing phone games. I highly recommend giving it a try.
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Abigail Anklam is a writer and illustrator. She loves animals & stories of all shapes & sizes.
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