On Monday, I told you about my spring trip home, where I unveiled my new geometric wooden wall art that I’ve been working on for the past 2-3 weeks. Before I wrote a blog post, I had to practice a bit and gather so much information that I could share everything with you in detail. I also have to report that I am now definitely addicted to wood burning because I created these little medallions with geometric patterns that are usually called mandalas.
It shows in my house with previous design decisions that I love repeating geometric patterns. Yes, I’m a fool for symmetry!
DIY geometric wooden wall art or mandala art
My first inspiration comes from a catalog in which I have metal wall art with the top circles (HERE) which is also quite expensive to sell. As always, I love the black and white pattern, but since I already have so much of it in my house, I wanted to do something different. When I discovered the wood-burned plates and bottles in the used goods store in Germany, I knew immediately that this was the way I wanted to go.
The catalog calls it lace circles, but I would call them mandalas, which are geometric, mostly round patterns.
The literal meaning word mandala (read more HERE) means that circle and circle mandalas are definitely more common. They are simple geometric shapes that consist of even dividing the circle.
Mandalas have their origins in Hinduism and Buddhism and are spiritual symbols. Ancient writings describe mandalas as symbols of great strength or strength, the body of creation and the connection with your inner self.
These geometric patterns have definitely been made in countries around the world and not just in Hinduism and Buddhism for hundreds of years. These types of geometric patterns and not just repeating circular patterns occur in many different cultures and countries. There are Celtic, Indian, Asian, European, and even the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex characters in the form of geometric patterns on circular backgrounds, but all with their own twists and designs that are likely all based on the beliefs of sacred geometry. Even our ordinary doilies have similar patterns and appearances.
Pyrography and wood burning
Pyrography means writing with fire, which does not necessarily have to be done on wood and is also possible on other materials. The burning of wood, as the name suggests, is only carried out on wood with a hot-burning tool, which is also a soldering iron.
I made a video of my own process so you can see how I made my video in addition to this blog post.
My instructional video
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How to draw a mandala (a symmetrical geometric circular shape)
There are many ways you can draw a symmetrical geometric circular shape, but I want to show you how I would prefer it. It’s a simpler, less complicated, and simpler version than some of the downloads that I also showed in this post. (In my video I create a different circular shape than below, but very similar)
Mark the center of the wooden disc and draw a line
Draw another line through the center at a 90 degree angle.
Then mark a 45 degree angle through the middle
The next step is to mark the circles that cut through the center lines
Use your compass to draw the circle.
You can see the dimensions that I used for the different sections of the circle in the following photo:
Draw all the circles
I decided to make smaller center circles that overlap as shown below …
I marked the middle for the next row of outer circles.
And then she drew using the compass
Below you can see the pattern before I hand drawn some details.
I started connecting some of the circles from the centers to the outside.
And then draw some decorative bows.
As a further detail, I have drawn larger circles outwards. It’s basically circled on circles and circles!
Here is the finished pattern before I started burning wood.
The finished mandala
And now the geometric wooden wall artwork drawn above is burned and colored. Please watch my video to see how I actually burn some of the parts.
Here are two more similar ones that I made with a circular structure.
I wanted to show you another piece where I only used a straight line ruler and no compass. This gives it more of a Pennsylvania Dutch Hex character look. Both pretty, but a completely different look.
TIP: “It is actually easier to avoid the round shapes on the first try and to practice with the straight lines.”
Chasing a geometric wooden wall art pattern
I downloaded several free samples from a website (HERE, HERE and HERE where you can choose others), but the size was not correct for the wooden circles I bought. So I adjusted them to the 10 and 12 inches. The problem was that it didn’t fit normal 8.5 “x 11” printer paper. So I printed the same part three times and simply taped the pattern in a continuous circle and cut out the shape. This is possible because the shape is geometric. Let me show you …
Find the resizes to download HERE, HERE, and HERE so you can print them out and place them on 12-inch circles.
For the smaller wooden circle. I have taken two of the same printouts that you can see in my video.
Then put carbon paper under the printout and fix it with tape …
… and draw the entire pattern freehand with a pencil or with a ruler.
Below are two of the free patterns I’ve downloaded and tracked and burned. You can find more details in my video.
You can also buy different patterns on Etsy such as HERE for example.
How to burn a geometric wooden wall artwork or mandala
I recommend using small pliers to change the tips when they are hot. I have a piece of waste wood on which I put the hot pieces and then cover them with a glass so that the cats and people do not accidentally burn themselves.
Before you start tracing the patterns, we recommend that you try out all the tips of the wood burning tool on a piece of scrap wood to see what shapes, lines, and shades you can create with each one.
Click HERE to return to the video and watch it.
Here are the DIY geometric wooden wall art pieces hanging on the other side of my living room as shown on my trip home this week.
And as always, if you don’t feel like making your own, you can always buy some nice handmade pieces below on Etsy:
Or you can just add one large mandala wall sticker to your home!
In the end, I would actually like to create a grouping of everyone to hang on our fence outside by the storage tank pool. The basket plates that hung there in my revelation were not suitable for outdoor use. I need to make sure that I make the mandalas really weatherproof first so that they can hold outdoors. I don’t want to use polyurethane because it turns yellow in the sun.
I will keep you up to date on what will come to me in due course.
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