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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!

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Capricorn New Moon Mandala Set Intentions Crystal Grid

New Moon Capricorn 2021 | Manifesting Mandala Crystal Grid

You’ve set intentions or made new years resolutions. It’s now time to focus and the Capricorn new moon is here to support you! Create a “Manifesting Mandala,” a powerful sacred object infused with the energy of your intentions. Add crystals to further amplify the energy of your mandala. Kathryn Costa shows you how to easily create your sacred mandala art using her stencils from StencilGirl Products.

Watch this video to learn how to create a crystal grid for the new moon in Capricorn.


✦Lunar Cycles
✦Set intentions at the new moon
✦Create a Manifesting Mandala Crystal Grid
✦Amplify the intentions with crystals
✦Get clarity, focused
✦Relax, Center, Ground

Wednesday, January 12, 2021

Capricorn Qualities

✦Cardinal Sign – Initiates
✦Earth Sign – Focused on material goals
✦Hard-working, Steadfast
✦Plans, Goals
✦Declare your intention. What do you most desire?
✦It’s time to make a plan, what’s your next step?
✦What routines will help you to build the structure that supports your dreams and intentions?

Saturn Qualities

✦Ruling planet of Capricorn
✦Discipline leads to freedom.
✦Discipleship is a commitment to something you value. Root Chakra Qualities
✦Energetic center of safety, security, stability.
✦Opening the root chakra energy center in the body can transform fear into feelings of calm, confidence, and courage.
✦When balanced: concentration, persistence, clear thinking, ability to set goals, and to prioritize.
✦When unbalanced: poor focus, disorganized, pessimism, negative thinking about life, anxiety, depression, worried about financial security and basic needs.

OASIS – Facebook Group Share your Manifesting Mandala art in community.…

STENCILS Stencils used in this video are designed by Kathryn Costa and sold by StencilGirl Products. 👉…

✦Four Gates Mandala Stencil
✦Root Chakra Stencil
✦Zodiac Chart Stencil
✦Celestial Bodies Stencil


Gemstones and crystals that support the root chakra will help you to stay grounded. Here are the stones featured in this video and their metaphysical qualities.

Leopard Skin Jasper

Leopard Skin Jasper

✦provides protection
✦absorbs negative energy
✦balances yin and yang
✦sustains and supports through tough times of stress
✦brings tranquility and wholeness

Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s Eye Hearts
✦Insight into complex situations
✦Helps to focus the mind
✦Grounding & Centering
✦Dispels fears
✦Promotes mental clarity

Snowflake Obsidian

Snowflake Obsidian
✦Balance body, mind, and spirit
✦Can draw emotions up to heal old karmic patterns
✦Helps in recognizing “wrong thinking” and stressful thought patterns
✦Promotes detachment/entanglement and step into the sacred observer
✦Removes negativity

Apache Tear

Apache Tears
✦Gentlest protection stone

Divination Tools

The Original Angel Cards by Kathy Tyler & Joy Drake 👉 ✦Commitment – What are you ready to say, YES to?
✦Freedom – How can discipline and routines bring you the freedom that you desire? ✦Education – What do you need to learn? Add it to your plan. Know that there are many people and resources to support you and your dream.
✦Respect – Show yourself, others, and what you have with respect. Saturn will reward you. ✦Enthusiasm – There will be new mountains to climb and challenges ahead. Keep your eye on the prize and feel the energy that comes when you are centered on your dream. Your enthusiasm will propel you and make you unstoppable.

The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck by Kim Krans 👉

✦Two of Wands – You have a choice to make. Will you stick with what you know or will you try something new? The world is your oyster. A whole new landscape awaits you!

Art Supplies

✦Art Graf Water Soluble Tailors Chalk Set – a yummy set of earthy toned colors perfect for the root chakra art. 👉
✦Kuretake Watercolor Set (Gold) 👉
✦Black fine liner – Pilot Precise V7 Stick Liquid Ink Rolling Ball Stick Pens,
✦Fine Point (0.7mm) 👉

VIDEO CREDITS The incredible ibex defies gravity and climbs a dam | Forces of Nature with Brian Cox – BBC 👉

ABOUT KATHRYN COSTA Kathryn Costa is an instigator of soulful and creative living. 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. She is the author of “The Mandala Guidebook.” Learn more about Kathryn at 👉

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How to Create Healing Mandala Art

How to Create Healing Mandala Art

Kathryn Costa shows you how easy it is to create healing mandala art using her stencils from Stencil Girl Products. This video features:

  • Three ways to use the Four Gates Mandala Stencil to create a safe and beautiful container for creating healing mandala art that “holds space” using any of the seven chakra stencils.
  • How to create art that heals for yourself and your friends and loved ones.
  • Three ways to quickly open up your heart chakra.
  • What to focus on (and avoid) when creating healing art.
  • Insights about health boundaries, silver lining, and trusting your intuition.
  • Lots of other tidbits to enlighten and inspire you.

Enter to Win: Original Healing Mandala Art Made Especially for You!

Like this video and leave a comment on Youtube on or before December 31, 2020 to enter to win a healing art mandala created custom for YOU! One winner will be randomly selected and announced on January 1, 2021 in Kathryn Costa’s email newsletter – subscribe to not miss the announcement.

Learn About Chakra Mandala Art

  • Download the FREE Chakra Guide
  • See beautiful and inspiring examples of chakra art
  • Access more videos about chakra art meaning and making

Four Gates Mandala Stencil

  • Learn more about this stencil design inspired by the Buddhist & Hindu wisdom traditions.
  • Learn how to create art as a spiritual practice to cultivate compassion
  • See beautiful and inspiring examples of art made with this stencils

Buy Stencils from StencilGirl Products

Color I Course

Grow your confidence and learn about coloring mediums used in making beautiful mandala art.


Super Cute Animals 🔴 Funny and Cute Animal Videos Compilation (2018) Animales Adorables Videos –

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.

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.

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.

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.