I am such a geek. Last night, I was researching mandalas for an upcoming lesson with my 4th graders. I remembered that Richard Byrne had just published a post about a new online magazine creator, so I thought it might be fun to try it out and let my students collaborate on the magazine. Then, I started looking for images to put on the magazine cover, and came across a mandala that used words instead of symbols. There was no information on how it was created, so I did a search for word mandalas – and that is how I landed on Mandific. (I still haven’t discovered how the original word mandala picture I found was made, but that’s okay.)
Type a word into Mandific, and it will create a mandala for you using the letters of the word. You can adjust the color, the spacing of the letters, and the design. See if you can figure out my word in the mandala below.
H/T to GeekMom for sharing this tool on a blog post.
Then, I continued my search (I won’t tell you how long I spent on Mandific before remembering my actual mission.) I found MyOats.com. Still not exactly what I was looking for, but it gave me another alternative for including words in a mandala.
As you can see, I didn’t spend a lot of time on that one because I had suddenly become obsessed with finding the perfect word mandala generators.
My next attempt was with using the word cloud generator, Tagul.
I also tried Tagxedo, which will allow you to upload your own image to make into a word cloud. However, I had so many problems with it not loading correctly on three different browsers, that I finally moved on to some iPad apps.
WordFoto has always been a favorite of mine. I uploaded a photograph of a mandala from the web, and then added some text. If you are not familiar with WordFoto, here is a post I wrote about the app.
My last word mandala attempt was created with the TypeDrawing app. I uploaded a mandala photo, and then traced the main lines with words and some of the symbols offered in the app. After completing my drawing, I changed the photo opacity setting so that only my drawing shows. I have to say that this was my favorite creation.
I will keep you posted on what we use! If you have any other ideas for word mandalas (that don’t require expensive software like Photoshop), please let me know in the comments below.