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Mandalafest 2017 Seeking Sponsors

Our first Mandalafest in October 2016 was such a huge hit that I decided that we’ll do it again! Preparations are underway for our next Mandalafest and that means collecting prizes and designing the official Mandalafest Party Planner. About Mandalafest Mandalafest is an event to celebrate the joy of creating and coloring mandalas. Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle” or “center.”  Mandalas are circular designs that often have repeating patterns and colors radiating from the center and popular in coloring books. During Mandalafest, partipants are encouraged to share their love for mandalas by hosting a mandala party for their friends and families. Mandala enthusiasts from all over the world gather online during Mandalafest for live Facebook videos and contests to win prizes. Mandalafest is hosted by Kathryn Costa, author of “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art” and the host of the popular “100 Mandalas Challenge.” Event Date: April 22 – 30, 2017 Promotional Period: April 1 – April 30, 2017 Seeking Prize Sponsors Prizes can be art …

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Blessings Jar

I was a single mother for many years. My son and I had a nightly routine that began with four familiar words, “It’s time for bed.” As soon as I would begin to utter this announcement, we’d race headlong to my bed. The first person to get there would exclaim, “Name three things that made you happy today.” We’d take turns recounting good things from our day but the last person to get there had to go first. Here’s what we discovered: We started looking for good things in our day. We knew we were going to report on it later in the day, so we collected good things to bring back home. We noticed patterns in our expressions of gratitude. Often they involved connecting with other people, accomplishing a goal, finishing a project, or learning something new. The blessings were not always big things, but were more often something really small like smiling and being kind to a store clerk and noticing how it would brighten their day or the smell of coffee and …

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A Gratitude Mandala Exercise for Those Challenging Times

It is easy to count our blessings when everything is sunny and cheery, when the kids are behaving, and the bank account is flush. We need our gratitude practice the most during challenging times. In this exercise, think about an area in your life where you are struggling. Maybe you are having a difficult time at work or with a specific person? As you work on this mandala design, think of eight things you are grateful for about this challenging situation or person. When you are done, I guarantee you’ll feel a greater appreciation for the situation, and you’ll have had fun making this mandala. Bloom Where You Are Planted Step 1: To create this mandala, I drew two circles and divided the outer ring into eight equal segments using a protractor and ruler. (45 degree increments) Step 2: Fill each segment with doodled patterns using a black fine liner pen. Be sure to leave spaces for writing words and short phrases. Step 3: Fill the shapes using bright juicy colors. Color has a way …

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DIY Gifts to Lift the Spirit

This last year I had been contributing mandala art for the Heart to Heart column in Parable Magazine. When the editor of the magazine saw my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” she approached me about contributing a project for a new column. I came up with the name “Prayerful Projects” for the column to tie in with Mae Edwards’ new focus for her Heart to Heart column about making time for one self in the form of a personal retreat. Pictured above you can see the layout and how our columns face each other. The first project in this series is a journal project designed for the non-artist who wants to create a special place to record their thoughts, ideas, inspirational quotes, and prayers. A plain notebook is transformed into a lovely space with the addition of a mandala colored, cut out and glued on the cover. My mandala practice – creating and coloring mandalas – as well as journal writing offer me a quiet time to relax, reflect, and renew. In this weary world, we need …

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The Great Round Series

Did you know that the mandalas that you create have a story to tell? The lines, shapes, symbols, colors, and arrangements in your mandala art reflects your unconscious at a particular moment in your life. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words your feelings or what’s troubling you. The expressive arts is a way of creating a visual representation that aids you in unlocking those words. When those stories are unlocked, there’s a feeling of release and relief. There are 12 psychological stages that we all go through in life. In fact, we experience these stages over and over again. In this series called, “The Great Round,” we explore these stages by coloring, drawing, painting, collaging, and crafting mandalas. No art experience necessary. What do those psychological stages look like? Here are a few that you’ll recognize: Milestones in Life: birth, adolescence, graduation, leaving home, marriage, parenting, caring for aging parents, retirement, etc. Creativity Cycles: feeling creatively low versus highly productive and energized; unfocused versus focused periods Life’s Challenges: Loss, grieving, falling apart, health issues Embracing …

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Sharing Circle 2017

The best way to take your mandala practice to the next level is to show up and create mandalas. That isn’t always easy. Life can be distracting. Inner critics show up. Or, you get stuck drawing the same style of mandala, over and over again. This is where  the Sharing Circle comes in. A mandala practice can be many things… In the Sharing Circle, you’ll make kindred connections with other mandala enthusiasts from around the world who like you are committed to experimenting with the many design possibilities found within the circle.  For some members, exploring the meanings behind their mandalas is fascinating. We share the symbolism, personal associations, and draw out our mandala stories.  Others seek out the relaxing effects of coloring mandalas and enjoy exploring different color combinations and techniques.  Sharing your Art can be scary… But, not in the 100 Mandalas Sharing Circle where you’ll find the friendliest people on the web. It’s a safe place to take risks in your art making and dive deep into your mandala stories. Have a …

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Mandala Artist Feature: Gerda Lamers

While cruising around on Facebook recently, I stumbled upon the beautiful mandala art of Gerda Lamers from Groesbeek, The Netherlands. Curious to learn more about the artist behind the art, I reached out to Gerda with a few questions… Gerda was inspired by viking art (see below) to create the snake motif in the mandala pictured above. Tell us about your mandala practice, when and how did you start creating mandalas? I started drawing mandalas about ten years ago. I just started doodling around and more and more it became an addictive hobby. At first my mandalas were pretty simple, but over time they became more refined and also bigger. What is your process for creating mandalas? Sometimes I just begin drawing and see what comes out of this. Sometimes I have a rough idea or theme in my head, or a combination of colours that I want to explore. Oftentimes, while drawing, I come up with new ideas to incorporate in a mandala. Recently I started using a compass, but only for smaller circles. For …

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Product Review: Art-n-Fly Gel Pens

I recently received a complimentary set of Art-n-Fly gel pens to review. The set of 40 gel pens comes in a plastic container that makes it easy for storage. You’ll see on the right how I store my pens upside down so the ink will flow and collect on the end where the pen tip is. This ensures that the ink will flow smoothly. There were a few pens that needed some encouragement to get the ink flowing but for the post part I was pleased with how the ink flowed in these pens. Note while this canister is convenient for storing the pens in your studio, it isn’t sturdy enough for throwing into your bag. The lid will fly off and the pens will empty out into the bottom of your bag. If you want to travel with these pens, I would put them into another pen case or bag. The set comes with a variety of colors and styles including: metallic, classic, pastel, neon, and glitter. I thought I would give the pastels a …

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Create a Mandala Shield

Dear Mandala Family, Serendipity has been showing up again and again in many ways for me. A couple of months ago I designed a “virtues shield” that you’ll see further down on this post to go with a magazine article. Then, a couple of weeks ago I was reviewing the different projects for Stage Seven of the Great Round in Susanne Fincher’s book, “The Mandala Workbook” and came across a “mandala shield” project. How cool that what I had created for the magazine article was published in July the same month that we study Stage 7. I seem to be in synch! The mandala shield project is similar to a project that I learned about in my training to become a Virtues Project Facilitator. The prompts from the VP training are more specific than what Susanne offers in her book. Pictured above is the mandala shield that I created this week for myself. I started by drawing a circle, dividing it into four and drawing a circle at the center. In the upper left quadrant, I picked …

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Eat Your Mandala – 200+ ideas to add color and play to your plate

Mandalafest 2016 is coming up! I’ve been collecting prizes and creative ideas for celebrating our love for mandalas. One of the contests during our celebration will be to play with your food and post a photo of your edible mandala. To inspire you, I’ve rounded up 200+ ideas from Pinterest. From sweet to savory, simple to complex, there is something here to get your creative juices flowing. source: www.ciloubidouille.com The Swedish make sandwich cakes which are layers of bread, cream cheese, meats, shrimp, and veggies. source: MMN.com Superfoods fill the bowl with color and nutrition. source: Pinterest Fruit pizzas are an ideal summertime treat. source: Tumbler Star fruit, strawberries, mangoes, and kiwi are the stars on this fruit board. source: Pinterest Gorgeous lattice work turns this pie crust into a work of art. source: Little Girls with Great Big Dreams This rainbow mandala cake is certainly dreamy! source: Cookie Connection The cookie monster in me is coming out! There’s more to this feast over on my “Eat Your Mandala” board on Pinterest. I hope you are inspired to …