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April Mandala Challenge

This month’s mandala challenge was inspired by an email that I received from Chel who recently completed the “Make Ten Challenge” in my Mandala Drawing I Course. In the course, there are ten lessons and I encourage students to create ten variations for each lesson. This is an opportunity to explore the many possibilities by experimenting with color, form, and various mediums. When taking the Drawing I class and finishing the challenge, you’ve completed the 100 Mandalas Challenge.

I totally enjoyed the challenge. I bet I could do it again and come with 100 different ones. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the world! ~ Chel

Congratulations Chel!
You’re accomplishment is the inspiration for the April Mandala Challenge.

Monthly Mandala Challenge for April - Make Ten Mandalas

Challenge Details

Step 1: Pick a mandala lesson from the Mandala Drawing I course.

Not enrolled in the Mandala Drawing I course?
Find a free sample lesson in the Mandala Sharing Circle.

Not a member of the Sharing Circle?
Let’s change that. It’s free to join. Enroll here.

Step 2: Create ten variations of the mandala design from Step 1.

Start with your favorite color combination and then vary it. Maybe challenge yourself to start with a color that you rarely use. For those who have taken the Color I course, here’s a great opportunity to apply some of those lessons.

There are so many ways to fill the shapes and spaces within the mandala. Repeating patterns, random patterns, the possibilities are endless.

Outline the shape with dashed, dotted, solid lines. Vary the colors.

Try using different backgrounds. In this example layers of scrapbook paper add interesting patterns and colors. Lace trim adds a fun dimension and unexpected element.

Start with the original mandala design and keep going. Let your imagination run wild!

Step 3: Create a collage of your ten mandalas.

Scan or photograph your ten mandalas and arrange them in a collage. is a free online resource that’s easy to use. Drag and drop your images and arrange them how you’d like.

Add some text to include your name and “100 Mandalas April Challenge.”

In the comments for your post tell us which lesson from the Drawing I course you worked with to create your mandala series.

Here is an example of a collage created using

Special thanks to Kate Stimson, Jishna Kapadia, Toni Crow, Janet Burdett, Karen Vasudev, Chris Van Reeth, Chel, Donna Hamilton, Jimilyn Butt, and Emanuela Chihaia for the use of your mandalas. These mandalas were originally created as part of the 2017 Mandalafest event.

Step 4: Post Your Entry by April 30, 2019

Post your finished collage in the Mandala Sharing Circle.
Deadline on or before April 30, 2019

Not a member of the Sharing Circle?
Let’s change that. It’s free to join. Enroll here.

One person will be randomly selected to win a set of 60 Arteza Gel Pens.

Read Official Contest Rules

This entry was posted in: How-to, Inspiration


Kathryn Costa is an artist, teacher, and author of "The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art." Kathryn has taught thousands of people how to create mandalas in her popular YouTube videos, workshops, and book. Check out her new line of chakra stencils!

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