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Mandala Dot Art 101

By Mei Kuan

Louisa Loh

Ipoh Echo spoke to visual artist Louisa Loh to learn all about mandala dot art.

Hailing from Batu Gajah, the art enthusiast furthered her education in the Perak Institute of Art. She has been conducting art therapy and mandala dot art classes in Ipoh and Klang Valley for some time. 

Mandala is a Sanskrit word which means circle or completion. Every mandala starts with a single dot just like how every plan starts with a single thought from which others will manifest .

She explained why the mandala dot art is so important for the times we are living in: “Everyone seeks peace and happiness which is easier said than done. When one obtains peace, happiness will flow in automatically. In this era, most people are too busy thus neglecting their life. Through mandala art, one can relieve their stress while focusing on the painting. I have students who even went into a meditative state. In short, mandala art is yoga for your mind and soul.”

The beauty of mandala art is that it enables the creator to capture true self-expression in both therapeutic and symbolic ways by creating symmetrical circles. 

Louisa started mandala dotting five years ago: “I was taking care of my dying aunt who lost her battle with cancer. After she left, I felt lost and eventually dived deep into the mandala which guided my heart, mind and soul.”

Besides being a healing experience, mandala dot art enhances concentration and promotes self-reflection. It is addictive, fun and a one-of-a-kind decorative piece to boot!

Here’s her advice for those trying out the art for the first time: “It might look complicated or challenging but it is achievable and easier than you think. What you need is good eyesight and a slight patience as my workshop lasts from two to four hours depending on the design and material.”

Discover how relatable the art of mandala is to our everyday life with the upcoming workshops to be conducted by the very amiable Louisa, details below. 

Tools, material and paint will be provided and students get to bring home their completed masterpiece. To find out more, readers can check out her Facebook page (Louisa’s Mandala Art & Numerology) or Instagram account (louisalpw). Happy painting!

Basic mandala dot art:

Venue: Harbour Art & Bake Studio (Kampar)

Date and time: July 5. 2pm to 4.30pm.

Promotional price: RM88 per person. RM160 for two. Refreshments provided.

Venue: De Cafe & Rest House (Ipoh)

Date and time: July 12. 10am to 12 noon

Promotional price: RM88 per person. RM160 for two. Refreshments provided.

Venue: Izipizicraft (Bukit Jalil)

Date: July 26. 10am to 12 noon

Promotional price: RM88 per person. RM160 for two.

Advance mandala dot art:

Venue: De Cafe & Rest House (Ipoh)

Date and time: July 12. 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Refreshments provided.

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Venue: The Ark Glasshouse (Lumut)

Date and time: July 19. 10am to 1pm. Refreshments provided.

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Venue: Izipizicraft (Bukit Jalil)

Date and time: July 26. 2pm to 5pm.

 

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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