Author: Kathryn Costa

January Mandala Challenge

What are the many possibilities that await you in this new year? The January Mandala Challenge called, “The Mandala of Many Possibilities” uses the design motif of little dots or stars to represent the many possibilities available to you in this moment. Think of these little dots as seeds of potential. You may create your mandala using any medium and any style. The only requirement is to include lots of little dots or miniature stars in your final design. As you add the little dots to your mandala, use this creative time to reflect on the many opportunities and possibilities that await you in this new year. For inspiration, check out these mandalas. As you look up at the night sky, how do those stars line up? Here we see a million possibilities in this mandala. Continuing with the mini star motif, here my sun is sleeping in a blissful state surrounded by numerous possibilities. Creating within the boundaries of a circle provides a feeling of safety and that’s definitely felt here with the rings …

2018 Seed of Life Community Mandala

Twenty-four participants of the Inspired Vision Retreat were invited to contribute a piece to this group mandala project. Each person was given a piece and assigned a color. They printed the piece, filled it with color and form and incorporated their word-for-the-year into their design. The Seed of Life is an elemental form in sacred geometry created by drawing seven circles of the same size. I love this design and how the overlapping circles create new shapes that look like flower petals. These containers are the perfect place for writing words and adding symbols, doodles, and color. What makes the Seed of Life an elemental form? If you continue to draw circles, you’ll get the Flower of Life or the Torus Yantra depending on where you continue drawing the circles. What better mandala to use to seed our intentions for the year? What word will inspire you as you navigate the opportunities and challenges that are showing up for you? For participants in the workshop we played with words until we found the one that spoke to each of …

Seed of Life Gratitude Mandala

One of my favorite practices is to combine my love for words and journal writing with mandalas. Each year during the holidays, I pull out a Flower of Life mandala and fill the shapes with words of appreciation. I designed a mandala that starts with the Flower of Life in the center and surrounded it with a border of interlocking semi-circles.  In the center petals, I wrote down the names of the many people who I’m connected to including family, friends, colleagues, and members of my mandala community. You may include names of your mentors, teachers, authors, and artists who inspire you. Along the outer edge, record words to describe the qualities that you admire and appreciate.  As you fill in the mandala, consider the many ways that you are connected. Fill some of the shapes with doodles and little drawings. Here I tucked in hearts under each virtue. In my example, a leaf-like pattern was repeated throughout to add detail. Try This: Print a copy and bring it to your holiday celebration. Invite guests to …

Inspired Vision Retreat 2019

What is calling you? What do you desire for this next year?
It’s January 1st, and you’re full of ideas about things you want to do differently this year.

You may make an ambitious list of goals and New Year’s resolutions.

But in the back of your mind, you also know that you’ll forget all about them by next week, or next month.

You’re not alone. Let’s toss out the New Year’s resolutions
and set an intention for 2019.

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 from …

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 …