Author: Kathryn Costa

October Mandala Challenge

This month’s mandala challenge is inspired by the beautiful colors of the Arteza fineliner pens and my fascination with chakras. Get the contest details and watch me draw chakra mini mandala art in my journal in this quick six minute video. How to Enter Draw a Mandala – Create one mandala or fill a page with several like I did in my journal, see video. Any Style – You may draw your mandala freehand, geometric design, or chakra inspired. Get creative and have fun! Only Colored Pens – No black pens. Use one color like I did in the video or have fun trying out different color combinations. There are many pen options like the fineliners that I used in the video, gel pens, even ball point pens. Outline Only – No coloring, blending, etc. Photograph or Scan your entry. Post in the Sharing Circle by October 31, 2018. Member log-in. Not a Member? Join for Free Prize & Coupon One winner will be randomly drawn to receive a set of 48 fineliner water-based pens …

Local Event: Introduction to Creating Mandala Art

Give yourself an afternoon of relaxation and play. Immerse yourself into beauty, color and form in a practice that fosters mindfulness and awakens your creativity. The mandala is a circular art form that anyone can learn how to draw. Share the creative joy and bring a friend! This workshop is for you if: An afternoon that nourishes your body, mind, and spirit is calling you. You are attracted to beauty and art, and have a desire to awaken the artist within. You are seeking inspiration and want to feel creative. You are curious to try something new. This workshop includes: Relaxing guided meditation to release stress and open up to creative flow. Clear step-by-step instructions and handouts. Brief explanation of what a mandala is and examples found in many cultures. How to continue a mandala practice at home. All tools and supplies provided. You’ll leave with a completed work of art that is as unique as you are! About the Instructor: Kathryn Costa is the author of “The Mandala Guidebook, How to Draw, Paint, and …

August Mandala Challenge

This month’s featured project may challenge your idea of what a mandala is. We often think of mandalas as have a clear center with shapes, colors, and patterns repeating from the center. Swiss Psychiatrist Carl G. Jung introduced to the West the idea of creating circular art for insight and self expression. During a time when Jung had a experienced a personal crisis his journal writings included drawings within circles. He observed over time how these drawings had colors, numbers, symbols, and arrangements that reflected his thoughts, feelings, and dreams. He called these circular drawings mandalas as they reminded him of the Hindu and Buddhist art form. This month’s challenge is a project from a course that I teach called, “The Great Round” where we create mandala art to explore twelve psychological stages that we all experience at different moments in our lives. Pictured here is a diagram of twelve symbols in black and white that typify each of the stages and the colored images are sample mandalas for each stage. Watch the video above to …

July Mandala Challenge

Mandalas with all of their shapes and spaces lend themselves well for drawing repeating patterns. In this challenge, Kathryn Costa invites you to play with the design principle of repetition. Watch this quick video to see examples of how patterns can easily add detail and beauty to your mandalas. How to Enter Draw a mandala. You may also use one of the many coloring pages found in the members library of the Sharing Circle. Be sure to select a mandala with lots of open spaces. Get your entry counted twice if you create a mandala from the Drawing I course. Fill the mandala with repeating patterns. Color is encouraged. Scan or photograph your art. Post your entry in the Sharing Circle. It’s a free membership website for mandala enthusiasts. Join Here. Deadline to enter is July 31, 2018. Winner will be announced August 8, 2018. No limit to the number of entries.See Contest Rules Prize One person will be randomly selected to win a copy of The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler Related Links …

Mandala Meditation: Ganesh Yantra

“Where do you get all of your ideas?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question. I’ve been known to say, “Inspiration is everywhere.” I think I’ll add to that statement, “Inspiration is everywhere. Look around you.” Thinking more about this, it’s more than looking around you. It’s about getting curious. It’s one thing to see something, it’s another to ask, “Why?” or “What if?” I have a long list of topics that I’m currently exploring. I can never study just one thing. My mind loves devouring several topics at once and making connections between them. One of my long time interests has been in exploring the meaning of our mandalas. The colors, shapes, symbols, and how they are arranged can tell us a lot about where we are in the moment. There are long standing traditions where mandalas are created with specific symbols and colors. One such tradition that I’ve been curious to learn more about is the Hindu yantras. The earliest yantras date back 1,000 BCE in northern India. Throughout the ages, sacred …

Color Inspiration Challenge

This month the mandala challenge is all about noticing the colors around us creating a color palette for coloring our mandalas. Watch this short 4-minute video to get the details. Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2018 at midnight, EST. One entry per person. Post Entries on the Sharing Circle Member Log-in Join the Sharing Circle. It’s Free! Official Contest Entry Form Contest Rules & Guidelines Download Your Gifts Color Guide Course Edition – For those of you in my Color I course this one is for you. Color Guide Sampler – This is for members of the Sharing Circle and subscribers to my e-mail newsletter. Enjoy!

Do you have a muse?

All my life, friends, family and acquaintances have said, “You are so creative!” I feel like I can’t take credit for my creativity. The creative process may look like a solitary act on the outside, but it isn’t. I often feel like a creative conduit where the ideas flow through me. The best way to explain it is to share a story. Each month, I host an interactive online journal class. Participants get an envelope in the mail with a few items tucked inside to use during our time together. A new theme is explored where I work in one of the four elements, air, water, fire, or earth and I invite an animal ally to join us. The design of the envelope picks up on elements from the theme. Invariably these envelopes design themselves. Sounds a bit crazy, right? Read on as the story behind the latest workshop envelope may be evidence that the creative process is a co-creative act between the artist and something divine. For my next journal workshop, it was time …

Product Review: Arteza Watercolor Brush Pens

Arteza reached out to me asking if I would give an honest review of three of their products: 48 Water-Based Ink Real Brush Pens, Water Brush Pens, and Premium Watercolor Paper. Run Time: 14:27 Related Links Color I Course – For more product demos and lessons on creating color harmony.  Mandala Drawing I Course – Learn how to draw mandalas. Ten video lessons, each one under ten minutes to get you started creating mandalas quickly and successfully.  Sharing Circle – I’d love to see you in our online community for mandala enthusiasts. It’s FREE! Arteza Affiliate Links Arteza provide the products for this review. I was not paid for this review. I’m now participating in the Arteza Affiliate Program, which means if you click on the product links in this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I use these commissions to purchase products to giveaway in my monthly mandala challenges or to use in my workshops and courses. Arteza Watercolor Real Brush Pens (Set of 48) Arteza Water Brush …

May Mandala Challenge

I’m often asked where I get all of my ideas. For this month’s challenge, I thought I would show you how I take inspiration and turn it into my own unique mandala art. The theme this month is Mexican Inspired Mandalas. Here is a look at my design notes inspired by pieces of Mexican folk art. Here you can see how I applied the design elements to a final mandala design. Watch the quick 4 minute video to get the contest details and to see the fabulous prizes donated by our mandala sister, Mary-Anne Betrand Schoenike. I can’t wait to see the colors, shapes, and patterns that will show up in your Mexican inspired mandala art this month! ~ Kathryn Costa Challenge Details Create a mandala inspired by Mexican folk art. For inspiration check out my Mexican Art board on Pinterest. Post a photo or scan of your mandala in the Sharing Circle. Not a member? Join the Sharing Circle. It’s Free! Deadline to enter is May 28, 2018 at midnight, EST. One winner will be randomly …

Introducing True North Arts

Ten years ago today I published my first blog post. Since then I’ve claimed the title, “artist” even though I didn’t go to art school; my artwork has appeared in several magazines and exhibits; I’ve published my first book; and taught thousands of people in my online courses, workshops, retreats, and popular Youtube channel. My favorite part of this journey are the meaningful connections that I’ve made with people from all over the world. I originally started True North Arts a year after I started blogging and put it on hold four years ago while I focused on my work with mandalas. I was working a full time job and didn’t have enough time and energy to do everything. Here I am feeling like I’m coming full circle as I relaunch True North Arts and connect all of the dots along this ten year journey. Swing by my new website: http://www.truenortharts.com I’d love to hear what you think of it! {soul hugs} Kathryn Costa