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These posts offer instructions on how to draw, paint, and color mandalas.

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 …

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 …

[VIDEO] Luminous Mandalas – Mandalas on Black Background

Today’s theme, “Luminous Mandalas” seems so timely. Here in New England the winter nights are really long. It is dark when I wake up in the morning and dark when I leave the office at the end of the day. I’m counting down the days to the Winter Solstice. One day and counting! Today’s video is more than a how-to demonstration on creating and coloring mandalas. It is also an invitation to consider your own gorgeous bright light and how it radiates to inspire others. In this video you’ll find: An introduction to the Great Round and Stage Twelve. A demonstration using colored pencils on a black background to create a luminous effect. A demonstration of using stencils to create a mandala design. A gallery of luminous mandalas from members of the 100 Mandalas Community that features a variety of styles and mediums. An invitation to join the 100 Mandalas Community. Supplies Used in the Video: Prismacolor Colored Pencil Uni Posca Paint Marker in Silver Strathmore Black Paper, 9 by 12-Inch Cut into a 9″ …

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 Use Colored Pencils to Color Mandalas

How to Color Mandalas Using Colored Pencils

I’m infatuated with colored pencils, especially my Prismacolor set of 48 colors. I made this video to show you why I love coloring mandalas with them. This video is like getting a FREE class on the basics of colored pencils. It is a perfect companion to the FREE coloring books that you can download, HERE. (Note: The hamsa coloring book is now only available for members of the Sharing Circle.) This video covers: The types of colored pencils – student versus professional grades. How to store and sharpen colored pencils. Price Best paper to use with colored pencils. How to color with colored pencils (hint: think layers). Four blending techniques. Single color gradients. Two color gradients. Mixing your own colors. If you love coloring, watch this video. It is a great introduction to colored pencils. Enjoy! Show Notes Supplies Used Please note these products are linked to Amazon using affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale. I only link to …

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  

How to Draw Perfectly Symmetrical Mandalas for Beginners

How to Draw a Perfectly Symmetrical Mandala for Beginners

I’m going to show you my trick for making perfectly symmetrical mandalas. Think you can’t draw? Think Again. I show you step-by-step how to set up a grid to create this perfectly symmetrical mandala. Once you get the hang of it, you can easily take this method and create a 100 different mandalas just by changing the shapes, colors, and little details. Let’s see how easy it is… “I’ve struggled alot with trying to understand how to create a geometric mandala. It was like having a light click on in my head when I watched your second video! Thank you! I’m excited to watch your next video now!” ~ Alexis Antinossi Show Notes Supplies Used Please note these products are linked to Amazon using affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale. I only link to products that I have used and recommend. Thank you for your support of my work on 100Mandalas.com. The commission is used to purchase art supplies …

How to Draw Mandalas for Beginners

How to Draw a Mandala for Beginners

Think you can’t draw? Think again. I designed this video for you! I’ll show you step-by-step how to draw this mandala. I know you have everything that you need. All it takes is something to write with and something to write on plus a desire to create mandalas. Let’s not forget how much fun it will be to color your first mandala. “I want you to know you did a beautiful job in giving me confidence and explaining and demonstrating how to create a mandala. I’m going to try it tonight!!” – Leslie Teltoe Show Notes Supplies Used Please note these products are linked to Amazon using affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale. I only link to products that I have used and recommend. Thank you for your support of my work on 100Mandalas.com. The commission is used to purchase art supplies and books. Bee Paper Super Deluxe Sketch Pad, 6″ x 6″ Sakura 50035 6-Piece Pigma Micron-01 Ink …

How to draw torus yantra

Sacred Geometry – How to Draw Torus

The very talented Irina Artamonova, a member from our 100 Mandalas Community prepared today’s blog post to show you step-by-step how to draw a Torus. What is Torus? The word torus comes from Latin, meaning ‘cushion’. In geometry, torus is a surface of revolution, revolving a circle in 3D space about an axis coplanar with the circle. Sometimes, torus is called a ‘cosmic doughnut.’ In Sacred Geometry, the Torus is considered as the first shape emerged out of the genesis pattern. It governs many aspects of life, including the human heart, with its seven muscles that form a torus. The torus is literally all around all life forms, all atoms, and all cosmic bodies such as planets, stars and galaxies. It is a primary shape in existence. Since ancient times, ‘seers’ have confirmed that the human aura appears as a series of nested spherical torus formations. One of the energy patterns around the body is in the shape of a torus, with the energy flowing through the body and looping around to connect in at …

Sue O'Kieffe Digital Mandala

How to Create Radiant Digital Mandalas and Interview with Sue O’Kieffe

Mystic Message Mandala (source images: Auralite Amethyst) What I find most exciting about exploring mandalas is that the creative possibilities are endless. There is truly something for everyone – drawing, coloring, painting, photographing, and working digitally. For today’s post I reached out to Sue O’Kieffe who has been creating mandalas taking her photos of nature and then plays with them on the computer. I was curious to learn more about her mandala journey and how she makes these radiant works of art. Tell us about your mandala journey – when and how did you get started? My earliest memory of what might be an introduction to mandala making was playing with a Spirograph that my mother had saved from her own childhood. But I would say my first real experience with mandala making occurred around 1997. I participated in a workshop led by a woman who had been trained by Judith Cornell. Cornell created a lovely and very powerful approach to mandala making based on the concept of drawing with light by laying down layers …