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Welcome to the Circle

Welcome to and the home of the 100 Mandalas Challenge & Community hosted by Kathryn Costa. If you are interested in drawing, coloring, or working with mandalas, then you’ve arrived at the right place!

Are you new here?

You may want to start with these links:

Zodiac Stencils

Create stunning zodiac charts with zodiac stencils by Kathryn Costa. They are easy to use and a great tool for creatively exploring the art of astrology and your horoscope. Use these stencils in art journaling, mixed media, and more.

Zodiac Chart with 12 Zodiac Symbols Stencil – 8” wheel divided into twelve sections for creating astrology charts, birth charts (also known as natal charts). 12 zodiac symbols (also called glyphs) include Aries, Gemini, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

Celestial Bodies Stencil –  Includes the luminaries and planets in astrology. This set includes the symbols (also known as glyphs) for the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Earth, and Chiron.

Astrology Zodiac Stencil Reference Guide
Zodiac Stencil Reference Guide

Download the Zodiac Stencil Reference Guide for quick facts about each of the zodiac signs, celestial bodies, and ruling planets.

Free Astrology 101 Art Journal Series
FREE! Astrology 101 Art Journal Series

How to Paint a Zodiac Chart

See how fun and easy it is to create a zodiac chart with Kathryn Costa’s new astrology stencils. In this first project, you’ll pick two colors that you love to “tap” and “pounce” paint onto the stencil to form the wheel. Then we’ll walk through the progression of 12 zodiac signs from Aries to Pisces adding their symbols and keywords to the zodiac chart.

Watch this video to see how easy it is to paint a zodiac chart.
Zodiac Stencil Reference Guide

Get quick facts about each of the 12 zodiac signs and 12 celestial bodies (aka planets and luminaries) that are included in Kathryn Costa’s Zodiac Stencils.

PROJECT 1 – Create your first zodiac chart with Kathryn Costa’s stencils. Start by selecting two of your favorite colors of paint.

PROJECT 2 – Create a second zodiac chart using colors to reflect the yin (feminine, moon) and yang (masculine, solar) energy. Start with Aries (Masculine) and alternate colors for each sign ending with Pisces (Feminine).


Art Supplies Used in this Demo

Please note that I am an affiliate with Amazon. When you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you for your purchases, they support my work.

Zodiac Chart with Zodiac Symbols Stencil from StencilGirl Products

Four Gates Mandala Stencil from StencilGirl Products

watercolor paper
Canson cold press 140 lb. 30 sheets, spiral bound, 9×12

acrylic craft paint – for this series pick up a rainbow of colors, primaries (red, yellow, blue), black and white to mix and match

  • DecoArt – amethyst metallic extreme sheen, purple sunset satin finish, sapphire metallic extreme sheen
  • FolkArt 577 Metallic Sahara Gold
  • Lumiere by Jacquard 551 Pewter

makeup sponges

palette – I use a recycled plastic lid from a to go container.

white gel pen
Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point

black fine liner
Pima Micron .01

colored pencils

watercolor (yin/yang symbol)
Art Graf Water Soluble Tailors Chalk Set; Black Carbon

charcoal pencil – used to add shading in the yin/yang zodiac chart


I am grateful to each of the following luminaries who have inspired my journey.

Swati Kameswar
A dear friend and personal astrologer, Swati opened this door to astrology for me.

Debra Silverman
Love this woman – her wit and her insights. Watch her videos to understand what’s happening astrologically now. She also has a brilliant video series where she brings to life the personalities of each sign.

The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need” by Joanna Martine Woolfolk
This book lives up to it’s name. 

Astrology 101 Art Journal Series

A Creative & Fun Way to Learn Astrology!

We need more play in our lives and what better way than to pull out some paints,
and a set of Kathryn Costa’s newest stencils from StencilGirl Products.
Follow along this 6-part video series to explore the enchanting study of Astrology and learn simple techniques using stencils to create an “Astro Art Journal.”

Astrology is so much more than your sun sign.
In fact, it’s a fascinating study of human nature.
In this introductory workshop you’ll recognize strengths and challenges
in yourself, your family, your friends, and colleagues
as you uncover your unique set of signs called your horoscope.

Feed your curiosity and creativity in this FREE video series.
The fun begins on October 8th.

Video 1: How to Paint a Zodiac Chart

Video 1: How to Paint a Zodiac Chart

See how fun and easy it is to create a zodiac chart with Kathryn Costa’s new stencils. In this first project, you’ll pick two colors that you love to “tap” and “pounce” paint onto the stencil to form the wheel. Then we’ll walk through the progression of 12 zodiac signs from Aries to Pisces adding their symbols to the zodiac chart.

Video 2: Zodiac Signs and the Four Elements of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water

Video 2: Classical Elements

The characteristics of each zodiac sign relates to one of the classical elements of fire, earth, air, and water. We’ll make connections with the chakras, the energy centers within your body. If you have Kathryn Costa’s chakra stencils, you can pull those out for more play time in your journal.

Video 3: Zodiac Distinctions - Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable Signs

Video 3: The Finer Distinctions

Not all signs of the same element are exactly alike. Learn which signs are the instigators, which ones are the finishers, which ones are slow to change, and which ones are the most flexible. We’ll take a look at these qualities in your personal birth chart.

Video 4: Polarities and Lunar Cycles

Video 4: Polarities & Lunar Cycles

As you discover your unique strengths and challenges, the polarities and lunar cycles can help you to bring more balance
in all areas of your life.

Coming Up. Stay Tuned!

Video 5: Ruling Planets, Celestial Bodies, Luminaries

Video 5: Ruling Planets

You likely know your sun sign and have heard of “Mercury in Retrograde.” We’ll take a look at how the planets and celestial bodies influence your life.

Coming Up. Stay Tuned!

Video 6 - Create Your Own Birth Chart aka Natal Chart

Video 6: Create Your Birth Chart

Now that you know the zodiac signs and planets, it’s time to create your natal chart also known as your birth chart.

Coming Up. Stay Tuned!

Feed your curiosity and creativity in this FREE video series.

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Free! Astrology 101 Art Journal Series

Product Review: Colorsheets from Viviva

Kathryn Costa from True North Arts and the host of the 100 Mandalas Challenge gives an honest review of the Vivia Colorsheets. Viviva Colorsheets are a palette of 16 super vivid, transparent watercolors.

Watch this review and demo of the Viviva Colorsheets.

Related Links

Viviva website

Kathryn Costa’s True North Arts YouTube Channel

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Chakra Mandala Stencils (StencilGirl Products)

Four Gates Mandala Stencil (StencilGirl Products)

Water Brush Pen*

Watercolor Pad (Cold Press, 140 lb)*

Charcoal Pencils (Black and White)*

My Favorite Black Fine Liner Pens (Kuretake)*

My Favorite White Gel Pen (Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point)*

*Disclosure: The products in this video have been provided to me by Viviva for free for my review. Also, I have linked to products on the Amazon website, where I participate in the Affiliate Program; which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

4 Ingredients to Fire Up Your Creativity

This week’s theme at the Oasis is fire!

Yesterday was opening day at The Oasis and for many participants who joined one of the three sessions throughout the day said:

“I’ve needed to get my creativity back.”

There are four ingredients to each Oasis session that will activate your creativity.

1. An Inspiring Theme
2. Soul Journey Meditation
3. Time set aside to show up for your creativity
4. Connection with other kindred spirits (The insights, inspiration, and cool project ideas will fire you up!)

Here’s what Mandy had to say,

“I can’t tell you how the meditation frees me up
to really create from a blank slate so to speak.
I love it and the weekly theme!!!”

If you are looking to awaken your creativity, stoke the creative fires, or open up your intuition, join me at The Oasis.

Awaken your creativity at The Oasis. This week's theme is fire.

Topic: Beltane Fire
Date: May 1, 2020
Time Options: 10 am, 2 pm, 7 pm, EST/Boston (check your time zone)

It’s time for Spring cleaning! What limiting beliefs, old habits, karmic patterns, physical or emotional pains are you ready to release? This heavy energy blocks creativity. Let’s clear it!

This week’s theme is inspired by Beltane, a May Day festival held on May 1st about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.  We’ll work with the powerful element of fire in the Soul Journey meditation where you’ll transform heavy energy into light and love during a fire ceremony.

The Oasis gives you the time and space to quiet the noise outside yourself, so you’ll find the answers & wisdom within you. The session includes 40 minutes of free time to nourish your soul and creative spirit. You’ll be inspired to create art infused with healing intentions and energy.

We’ll wrap up our Oasis session with a Sharing Circle that celebrates the inspirations and insights of each participant. 

Kathryn, do you have a friend who you would love to share this experience with? Invite them to swing by here to sign up too! A journey is best when shared.

About Your Host, Kathryn Costa

Kathryn Costa is an instigator of soulful and creative living. She is an artist, educator, and shamanic practitioner who has opened the door to creative joy for thousands of people in 175 countries through her YouTube videos, online courses, workshops, her book The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art, and her line of chakra stencils from StencilGirl Products. Kathryn’s passion can be summed up in three little words: “create and connect.” Kathryn’s workshops help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams, and explore their creativity. Kathryn has been an online community developer and teacher for 12 years. Her unique teaching style integrates tools and practices from her training as a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, Soul Coach, Virtue’s Project Facilitator, and Jaguar Path Shamanic Practitioner.

100 Mandalas for Earth Day

Let’s celebrate Mother Earth in our mandala art. To inspire you, I’ve collected some gorgeous examples of earth art including coloring pages, illustrations, and projects using recycled materials. Enjoy!


1. “Dear Earth” by Katie Daisy



2. “Earth Day Coloring Page” by Kids Press Magazine



3. Makobi Scribe



4. Day and Night from Light Workers



5. An Eternal Journey – Colours of the Universe



6. Yin Yang Watercolor



7. “Every day is Earth Day”
Hand Painted Mandala Art on River Rock (detail)



Zentangle by Wayne Harlow for the Earth Day Challenge



9. Buddha Doodle



10. Mandala Bottle Cap Magnets



11. CD Painted



CD Crochet



13. Danmala by Kathy Klein



14. Bike Rim by Maggi Squire



15. Plastic Bag by Virginia Fleck



16. Recycled Circles by Jane Lafazio (Student Work)



17. Everyday Objects Mandala



18. Zenspirations for Earth Day by Joanne Fink



19. Geninne D. Zlatkis


20. DIY Dream Catcher || Recycle Newspaper by Tipsy Waltz

Want to see all 100 Earth Day Mandalas?

Check out this board on Pinterest featuring Earth Day and recycled mandala art including illustrations in various styles and mediums, coloring pages, and art projects.

Share with us your Earth Day & Recycled Mandala art over at The Oasis, where you’ll get support for your soulful and creative journey and hang with other cool cats.

Meet up at The Oasis, your place for soulful and creative connections.

Introducing the Oasis

Have you noticed the amazing things that happen when you show up for your creativity? I love the feeling of creative flow and the magical world of signs and synchronicities. It happens whenever I set an intention and then place my attention on it by attending a class or carving out time for soulful and creative practices.

Now you can get support for your soulful and creative practices and experience more magic, delight, and creative joy at The Oasis with Kathryn Costa.

Play this video to discover the Oasis with Kathryn Costa.

The Oasis is for you if …

  • you’re delighted when you see signs and patterns in your life and crave more of the sacred in everyday living
  • you’re drawn to the wisdom of nature and working with the elements of air, water, fire, and earth
  • you’re fascinated by lunar cycles, astrology, power animals, oracle cards, Tarot, and making connections between larger energy patterns and your personal energy patterns
  • you’re looking to expand your intuition and connection with spirit
  • you struggle with showing up consistently for your spiritual or creative practices
  • you’re so ready to release any creativity blocks and open up to that lovely “flow” state
  • you’re looking for sparks of inspiration and seek clarity and more confidence
  • you’re longing to share your feelings and deeper meanings about your art with others who are eager to hear all about it
  • you’re energized and inspired by juicy soulful conversations with soulful and kindred spirits

I designed The Oasis to be a balm for your soul.

Kathryn Costa, Instigator of Soulful & Creative Living

Cabin Fever? Let’s change that to Mandala Fever…

With schools closed and stay-at-home orders, the Mandala Drawing I online video series gives parents and kids a fun activity that sneaks in some math skills. Pictured here are Shanelly’s boys who have been working through the video lessons.

Get instant access to 10 video lessons. Each lesson is under 10 minutes and designed to get you creating mandalas quickly and successfully.

The Mandala Drawing I Course Features

  • 10 Video Lessons
  • Learn how to draw geometric mandala patterns including:
    • Trinity Knot
    • Hexagons
    • Pentagons
    • Bagua
    • Seed of Life
    • and more!

This course is for you if…

  • You are a beginner and want to learn how to draw a variety of mandala designs.
  • You find it easier to learn from watching a video rather than reading a book.
  • You’ve been creating mandalas for a while and need some inspiration.
  • You love the Zentangle Method and want to create some new “containers” to play with tangles and repeating patterns.
  • You have my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” and you haven’t started yet.


  • Available Now.
  • Self-paced course
  • Unlimited, lifetime access

Enroll Today!

Student Artwork

Participants of Mandalafest previewed a sample lesson and learned how to create a hexagon. For a closer look at these mandalas, click on the image.

Bespoke Soul Journeys

If you’re feeling heightened levels of anxiety, grief, and isolation, a Soul Journey Guided Meditation will help you to feel grounded, centered, and peaceful.

Stress, worry, panic are at an all time high with the coronavirus. In recent weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to lead Soul Journey Guided Meditations for small groups and in private 1:1 sessions on Zoom. After every meditation I see a remarkable transformation where the fear, anxiety, and grief is lifted off and replaced with feeling relaxed, centered, and radiant.

Introducing Bespoke Soul Journeys

Kathryn has a very special gift for touching people’s lives where they most need it.  Her voice is a part of that gift.  It’s very soothing and people find comfort and feel safe. By the end of listening to her meditations, you’ll feel fortified with a new energy to face the challenges that life has set before you.  Not very many people can do that.  I can say this because Kathryn did that for me when I was feeling so much despair and was living in the darkest days of my life!

Catherine V., California

Soul Journey Guided Meditations will help you to

  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • improve sleep
  • access insights & wisdom
  • gain clarity & confidence
  • nourish your body, mind, & spirit

Now you can receive your own personal Soul Journey recordings.

Here’s how it works:

  • After you purchase your Bespoke Soul Journey, you’ll receive a questionnaire by email.
  • The questionnaire will guide you in selecting your personalized meditation experience. For example, you can choose a setting that you love – ocean, mountains, forest, etc. Specify your intentions, favorite affirmations, spirit animals, etc.
  • Each meditation includes soothing background music.
  • You’ll receive an mp3 file to keep and listen to as often as you’d like
  • 15 to 20 minute recording
  • You’ll receive your recording within 72 hours

$49 (reg. $79)
Bespoke Soul Journey
made for you guided meditation from Kathryn Costa.

A Gratitude Mandala Exercise During Challenging Times

Vibrant colors, playful doodles, and gratitude are the ingredients in this Gratitude Mandala Project for reducing stress and raising your vibration.

Originally published in my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” and posted to my blog several years ago, this project seems timely.

Root Chakra Art

Get Grounded & Awaken Your Heart

In light of the swirling energies and fear around the coronavirus, I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on art making as a self soothing, grounding, and heart opening activity. Working with the root and heart chakras come to mind as two energy centers within the body that can help you to feel safe, secure, and loved.

If you have my chakra stencils, I invite you to go on a scavenger hunt around your home to find items that you can use to trace the chakra design onto. Here a file folder in beautiful reds and florals captures the color, feeling, and tone of the root chakra. To see the chakra design set against the busy background, I colored in the areas around the triangle and petals with a black Sharpie marker. A red paint pen brightens up all of the black areas with lines and dots. As I worked, I centered myself by reciting positive affirmations.

I am safe.
My family is safe & secure.
I am financially secure.
I feel a strong connection to Mother Earth.
I am abundant.
I am grounded, centered, rooted, connected, and peaceful.

A page from Flow Magazine featuring a photo in green tones by Lupen Grainine provides a gorgeous back drop for the heart chakra. I cut out the words, “kindness” and “awaken your heart” to set the tone for this journal page. After tracing the chakra stencil, I added some flowing lines to the petals and I relaxed with each mindful breath. I added words as little reminders of what helps me to awaken my heart:


It’s your turn! What will you find on your scavenger hunt to use as a backdrop for your chakra art?

Cultivating Compassion Mandala Art Weekend

Creating art as a spiritual practice provides us with the gift of stepping out of ordinary time and into sacred space where we create for insight, self expression, and healing. Creating in community furthers this experience; each participant inspires and is inspired by the other participants in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

The mandala art projects in this program are centered around the intention of cultivating loving-kindness and compassion. Each activity includes a guided meditation that invites your attention to the present moment, opens a sacred conversation with your inner wise self, and gently awakens creative flow.

In our creative practice, we’ll work with the four elements, bringing a sweet vigilance to

  • air: observing our thoughts
  • water: feeling our emotions
  • earth: listening to our bodies
  • fire: awakening our creative spirit

The projects include creating heart chakra mandala art that opens the energy center of love, compassion, and acceptance; the Torus Yantra, a sacred symbol that reflects the expansive energy of the heart center; and a mandala with four gates to illustrate the four elements and four aspects of the self.

This program is for you if you want to give yourself a gift of creative expression that nurtures your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. You’ll go home with new skills, two-three pieces of unique mandala art, a greater awareness of self, and ideas for an on-going creative practice.

Kathryn Costa is an artist, educator, and shamanic practitioner who has opened the door to creative joy for thousands of people in 175 countries through her YouTube videos, online courses, workshops, her book The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art, and her line of chakra stencils from StencilGirl Products. 

Kathryn’s passion can be summed up in three little words: “create and connect.” Kathryn’s workshops help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams, and explore their creativity. Kathryn’s unique teaching style integrates tools and practices from her training as a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, Soul Coach, Virtue’s Project Facilitator, and Jaguar Path Shamanic Practitioner.