Tip 1: Everyone is an artist.
You are wonderfully made in the image of God, your Creator. Therefore, you have creative gifts embedded within you. Trust that you are a work of art created by God. Whatever you create will be a work of art as well.
Tip 2: Set aside time.
Tip 3: Set aside sacred space.
You may find setting aside time for God easier if you set aside a space dedicated solely to prayer. You may find focusing on prayer difficult if you are at your desk with a pile of bills staring at you. Set aside a special space and gather items you will need for prayer—a Bible, mandalas, colored pencils, candle, journal, and so on. Get comfortable in your space. If you desire, listen to music in your sacred space. But most importantly, allow yourself to color and pray.
Tip 4: Lines are optional.
Tip 5: No color is off-limits.
Don’t overthink color selection so that it becomes a distraction of its own. Simply pick what colors attract you and hold meaning for you. If certain colors do hold specific meanings for you, feel free to lean into those preferences and enjoy the symbolism of the colors that you select.
Tip 6: Leave blank space.
Tip 7: Use colored pencils or crayons with this book.
Colored pencils are a favorite of mine when it comes to coloring. If you are an experienced artist, you may prefer professional quality pencils. However, I have not found that expensive pencils work any better than inexpensive ones. I do see a value, however, in spending a little extra to get a wide variety of colors and shades. I also enjoy using soy-based crayons. Not only are they better for the environment but also the colors can be blended using your finger to creates some nice effects.
Tip 8: Spin the mandala.
Tip 9: Breathe.
This may seem self-evident. However, sometimes in moments of great focus, it’s easy to hold your breath in concentration. Relax and breathe deeply while you color and pray.