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Ideas, techniques, and prompts to inspire your mandala practice.

Mandalafest Coloring Contest

Mandalafest 2016 Coloring Contest Gallery

Mandalafest 2016 was a hit! Three winners were randomly selected to win a copy of The Big Book of Mandalas Coloring Book and one of three art supplies: gel pens, brush markers, or electro-pop Sharpies in the coloring contest. Thank you to our prize sponsors: North Light Books, Art-n-fly, and Steve the “Coloring King” from the 100 Mandalas Community. An even bigger thank you to everyone who participated in the contests and activities throughout the weekend. What fun! ~ Kathryn Costa PS – Click on the images below to see them enlarged and to read the name of the artist.

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 …

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 …

150 Tree Illustrations to inspire your mandala practice.

“Trees are an ancient symbol of individuality” writes Susanne Fincher in her book, “The Mandala Workbook.” When we look at trees, no two are exactly alike. Hmmm sounds like us human beans, doesn’t it? Even the tree form with it’s trunk, roots, and branches can be compared to a human form with trunk, legs, and arms. Susanne adds, “Jung wrote of trees as a symbol of the Self, which functions like a seed, unfolding human potentials.” The Tree Mandala exercise from Susanne’s book (see pp. 136-137) invites us to draw a tree within a circle filling the tree and surroundings with color and form. One day this week during my lunch break, I pulled out some art supplies and a small journal to create the tree mandala pictured above. Reflection: What are the qualities of the tree and the environment? Is your tree healthy? Does it have all it needs to grow? If not, what is lacking? What does it need to grow to its optimal size? Feel free to add to your tree mandala images of …

Stick ’em Up Mandalas – Mandalas Created with Stickers

This week’s mandala design theme is inspired by the amazing mandala pictured above designed using stickers! Get a closer look at how this intricate mandala was created OVER HERE. Whale Song Mandala As I was planning my own sticker mandalas I thought about collecting ocean themed stickers. Out of the blue and without knowing my desire for such stickers, I received *THIS WATER BOTTLE* in the mail that was fashioned to be a mailing tube. Catherine Calvetti was clearing out her studio and found several things she thought I would enjoy. Among the contents were a lot of stickers in the very theme I was interested in. Wow! Now how cool is that? I love it when synchronicity strikes! Although I didn’t have as many stickers as the mandala I was inspired by, I didn’t let that stop me from creating my own mandalas and in my own style. For the first mandala I started by painting a black circle. I really had fun selecting the various shapes and colored stickers and arranged them in …

170 Sun Inspired Mandalas

We are days away from the Summer Solstice and I was inspired to seek out sun inspired mandalas and art. This collection consists of a wide range of artistic styles and mediums including collage, mosaics, illustrations, paintings, even quilling! Whether you are celebrating the brightest day of the year or yearning for more sun light, this collection of sun art is sure to light up your day. source Artist: Kathy Klein source Artist: Sherry Sanchez source collage source doodles and pattern art source Artist: Jamie Locke source Artist: David Galchutt Artist: Leah Marie Dorion First Nation Artists source Want to see all 170 Sun Inspired Mandalas? Check out this board on Pinterest featuring Sun inspired mandala art. Share with us your mandala art over in the Sharing Circle, a private website for mandala enthusiasts.

Four Artists Play: Mandala Art Inspired by The Mandala Guidebook

I asked several artists who I greatly admire if they would review a copy of my book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” What is so much fun with these reviews is how each artist was inspired to play and create mandalas and they took the concepts and ideas from my book and made it their own. Michelle Ward I first “met” Michelle many years ago when I was first blogging and she was hosting creativity challenges on her blog. Through these challenge, Michelle inspired me to experiment with different mediums and techniques that show up in my mixed media mandalas today. In addition to loving Michelle’s design sensibility, I appreciate her process for finding inspiration everywhere and finding creative ways to translate that in her own style. Michelle writes, “If you have considered jumping into mandala making then I recommend seeking out Kathryn’s book.  It’s a wonderful introduction to the unique art form.” “[Kathryn] has a gentle yet enthusiastic voice that walks you through options for designing, embellishing, and adding color …

Mandala Guidebook Contributor – Jane LaFazio

Artist: Jane LaFazio Location: California, USA Found on page: 136 Title of Art: Recycled Circles Materials: cotton, thread, beads, and buttons. I love your fabric circles with their whimsical lines and shapes. What advice do you have for our readers who are getting caught up on making “perfect” mandalas? Using the method I use to create my Recycled Circles artwork, it’s nearly impossible to create a perfect mandala or perfect circle. The ‘wonkiness’ of the shape, the variety of fabrics and the unmatched seams all add to the charm of the piece! And when I embellish, with beads and buttons, I don’t do those symmetrically either. I like the whole random quality, yet contained in a square. Jane LaFazio, a full-time artist since 1998, truly believes she is living the life she was meant to live! In that time, she has cultivated a wide range of skills as a painter, mixed media, quilt artist, art teacher and blogger. She’s known for her fun-loving, creative teaching style, and providing a relaxed supportive environment in the classroom. She …

Mandala Guidebook Contributor – Irina Artamonova

Artist: Irina Artamonova Location: Moscow, Russia Found on page: 134 Title of Art: Fairytale Mandala Materials: Pitt pens, gel pens and felt-tip pens/markers How did you get started drawing mandalas? I started to draw mandalas in summer of 2014 when a friend of mine invited me to a Sacred Geometry course that she ran. It was soon after I had quit a job, and was emotionally and physically burnt out, full of self-doubt and feeling lost. For a few months, I was drawing yantras and mandalas almost every day, step by step recovering my inner balance and discovering my hidden emotions and feelings. Mandala practice helps me in many ways, for example, it teaches me to relax and let go of internal critic: as a perfectionist, I was never satisfied with whatever I did and suffered big time! With mandalas I realized that imperfection can be beautiful. I became less controlling and more accepting, less demanding and more grateful, less rational and more intuitive. And I returned to my abandoned passion – drawing – after almost …

Mandala Guidebook Contributor – Jackie Fuller

Artist: Jackie Fuller Location: South Australia Found on pages: 42-43, 135 Title of Art: Multi Mandala Journal Page Materials: ink and markers in journal How has your mandala practice helped you to embrace imperfection? My general art practice leans towards detail and realism with a search for perfection. Whilst a natural tendency and reflective of my personality, it is a goal often resulting in frustration. Mandala making in my journals is helping me to rethink my idea of perfection – I create in my journal purely for me and find a level of meditative reflection I can’t normally achieve. These mandalas are becoming more organic in nature, constructed with line and are an emptying of my mental chatter onto paper. Often I fill the paper with parts of mandalas rather than the whole, none of it planned or measured. The results are teaching me to let go of expectations of perfection and I am learning to value the process rather than the result. Some parts work really well, some parts don’t. It feels like a metaphor …