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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 …

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 …

Gerda Lamers Mandala Art

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

Do you know these critics? PLUS a Shine! Mandala Template

New World Library sent me a review copy of Succulent Wild Love: Six Powerful Habits for Feeling More Love More Often written by one of my favorite authors SARK and her fiance Dr. John Waddell. I first discovered SARK over 20 years ago. It was the year after I graduated from college and I had moved 1800 miles from New Hampshire to Colorado. I’ll never forget it! It was the first weekend of my grand adventure and what would be a major turning point in my adult life. I stepped into a charming local independent bookstore where I saw, “Inspiration Sandwich,” a colorful book filled with whimsical illustrations and handwritten text. It was the three little words on the cover that stole my heart. Eat this book. Now how could I resist such an invitation? SARK’s inspirational words inspired a very shy and creatively timid young woman to live a daring and juicy life. Over the years I gobbled up her other books and even took classes from her online. The most magical and sparkly SARK …

How-to Draw Torus Yantra and Color the Hypnotic Eye [Sacred Geometry]

Let’s pull out our compasses and play! In this video I show you: Tips on how to use a compass. Clear step-by-step instructions on how to draw the Seed of Life, Torus Yantra with 12 petals and 24 petals. How to color the Hypnotic Eye. Gorgeous examples from members of the 100 Mandalas Community in our first video gallery. The hypnotic eye is one of many ways you can color in the Torus Yantra. I learned how to draw the Torus Yantra from Irina Artamonova, a very talented artist from Moscow, Russia and a member of the 100 Mandalas Community. I included several of Irina’s yantras in the video gallery to show you where you can take this form. Check out Irina’s guest blog posts: What is a Yantra? How to Draw a Torus Yantra. These are written instructions. Learn how to draw other geometric mandalas: How to Draw Mandalas – 10 Video Lessons Materials Used in the Video: Compass used in video Faber-Castell Pitt Pens Torus Coloring Pages (You’ll get the Torus 12 Petal …

How to Draw and Color Mandalas: Step-by-Step Video Instructions on How to Draw Mandalas

Drawing mandalas is not as hard as it looks. I designed these videos to show you step-by-step how to draw mandalas. Once you get the hang of it, watch out! It will be hard to stop. That’s where “Taking the 100 Mandalas Challenge” comes in. Don’t miss new videos as they get published. Sign up for the newsletter to get updates. Let’s start with these videos.   How to Draw Mandalas for Beginners How to Draw Perfectly Symmetrical Mandalas for Beginners How to Use Colored Pencils to Color Mandalas [Sacred Geometry] How to Draw the Torus Yantra and Color the Hypnotic Eye Mandala Luminous Mandalas Mandalas on Black Background Mandala Drawing 10 Video Lessons Color I Course Techniques & Color Harmony  

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Take the Challenge

What is the 100 Mandalas Challenge? Create 100 mandalas in 100 days. The goal here is to get creative every day and to discover the possibilities found within a simple circle. These 100 days don’t have to be consecutive. You can jump into this challenge at any time and if you stray with the busyness of life, you are always welcome to pick back up where you left off. “For me the commitment has deepened my art practice and helped me to access deeper parts of me in ways that no amount of conversation has in the past. As a ‘mentor/coach/counselor’ I sing the praises of ‘mandala practice’ as a safe and profound tool in the opening process.“ ~ Karen Schweitzer “Kathryn, You got the hidden talent out which was buried deep within me. Thank you for everything!” ~ Dr. Shazia Azmi How to Participate Start drawing mandalas! You are welcome to create your mandalas using any medium that pleases you. This is a personal challenge. There is no official registration or sign up process. Make your mandalas, keep track of …