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

Mandala Guidebook Contributor – Maria Mercedes Trujillo A.

Artist: Maria Mercedes Trujillo A. Location: New Zealand Found on pages: 21, 138 Title of Art: From my Journal to Stone Materials: Stillman and Birn Beta Series Sketchbook (Watercolor Paper 270gsm Cold Pressed), Watercolor and Acrylic Ink, Beach Stone, Acrylic Inks Maria, how has making mandalas helped you to find yourself again after you moved from Colombia to New Zealand?  When we moved to New Zealand in 2009 I had a very difficult time deciding what I wanted to do, finding myself, finding out what my life project was, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a doctor anymore. I had started keeping artist’s journals in 2001, mandalas were a very frequent theme so I started studying and learning about them. I discovered that working with mandalas gave me endless possibilities, yet it gave me a frame: the circle. From my journals and mandalas my art evolved and I started sharing my creations on internet. In 2011 MagaMerlina my artist alter-ego was born and again, I found the passion for life, the looking forward to a new project, I had …

Mandala Guidebook Contributor – Tara Asuchak

Artist: Tara Asuchak Location: Alberta, Canada Found on pages: 51, 141 Title of Art: Swimming with the Turtles Materials: Canson mixed media paper 10X12”, Copic black ink pens, markers, watercolors, white ink on mixed media paper Photo credit: Tim Ranson Tell us about your mandala practice Tara. Drawing mandalas is a form of therapy for me; I do them to clear my mind and to relax. Sometimes I just draw with no expected outcome just to release negative or unfocused energy. Then sometimes I have real intentions to my drawings and think about specific people or experiences. When I drew this mandala with the turtles I was thinking of my Grandmother who passed 11 years ago. She had always wanted to go to the Great Barrier Reef and she loved turtles. So this picture is in tribute to her. Born and raised in Fort Macleod Alberta which I have never left because my heart is tied by my family, friends and community. I work as a family childcare consultant for a family day home agency and …

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.

Kaleidoscope Mandalas

  Meet Claudia Gray one of my dear friends. We are photo buddies – we’ve shared many outings together with cameras in hand, taken photography classes, and enjoy getting together to play. Over the years Claudia has made beautiful cards for her family, friends, and colleagues where she takes her photography and alters it using a program called Kaleidoscope Kreator. The first image in this post is the card she made for me and my husband Fernando on the occasion of our wedding. When I started this 100 Mandalas challenge, I knew I wanted to get together with Claudia to play. I packed with me some photos from some of our outings and photography classes. I was so curious to see what I could do with this program. While hanging out together Claudia pulled out some of her buttons and made this mandala. Later in the week she surprised me with these gorgeous and unique mandalas. The program works by taking a section of the photo based on a shape that you select. It is …

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 source 2. “Earth Day Coloring Page” by Kids Press Magazine source 3. Makobi Scribe source 4. Day and Night from Light Workers source 5. An Eternal Journey – Colours of the Universe source 6. Yin Yang Watercolor source 7. “Every day is Earth Day” Hand Painted Mandala Art on River Rock (detail) source Zentangle by Wayne Harlow for the Earth Day Challenge source 9. Buddha Doodle source 10. Mandala Bottle Cap Magnets source   11. CD Painted source CD Crochet source 13. Danmala by Kathy Klein source 14. Bike Rim by Maggi Squire source 15. Plastic Bag by Virginia Fleck source 16. Recycled Circles by Jane Lafazio (Student Work) source 17. Everyday Objects Mandala source 18. Zenspirations for Earth Day by Joanne Fink source 19. Geninne D. Zlatkis source   20. DIY Dream Catcher || Recycle Newspaper by Tipsy Waltz …

Strathmore’s Pass the Journal

Last summer a lovely journal arrived in my mailbox. It was a journal traveling from friend to friend, artist to artist, as part of Strathmore’s “Pass the Journal” project. Each person had a week or two with the journal and then pass it along. I pulled out my acrylic  paints and colored the background before drawing my “mandalas.” On one side I drew a snake and had a blast filling it in with various shapes and patterns. On the facing page I drew a hamsa symbol with the mandala in the center. Strathmore sent out 12 journals. Check out where they traveled and get inspired by all of the incredible art styles. You may find a color scheme or decorative element to add to your mandalas this week. You’ll find me in journal #3 called, “Pulp.” Zoom in and out of the map and click on each marker to view the various pages and to learn a bit about each artist. Enjoy!

Easter Reflection: Moving Stones & Letting Go

[NOTE: Today’s featured post and mandala art is from a blog post that I published back in 2009. It is fun to revisit themes and it seemed so timely with Easter upon us.] My creativity was at an all time high last weekend and by Sunday evening I was tired. I had that feeling of exhaustion and let down one gets after preparing for a party and celebrating. I reminded myself that I was tired and that turning in early was the best thing to do. Before bed I picked up the book, “Seasons of Your Heart” by Macrina Wiederkehr. It was my first time opening the book since a colleague had loaned it to me. Too tired to read it from the beginning, I thought I would randomly open it up to see the message that appeared. I turned to page, 118 where I found a poem titled, “On Letting Easter In.” When dawn stands still with wonder when birds jubilate in the trees when buds hurry into blossoms and grass starts wearing green …

Prayerful Mandala Practices

Ash Wednesday is arriving early this year. I can hardly believe that it begins in a few days! Whether you observe Lent or not, setting aside quiet time for reflection is good for the body, mind, and soul. I’ve been facilitating an online retreat these last two weeks and participants have commented again and again how nourishing it is to make time for oneself. Lent is an invitation to make such time for yourself. Many people look to “give something up” during this time: chocolate, coffee, time on social media. While these are all well intended, often when the challenge is up, old habits are renewed rather than these new habits sticking. I like to approach this season by focusing on a healthy practice that is a challenge for me and one that I hope will become a lifelong practice. This year, I am inspired by my retreat sisters who have embraced my invitation to make time each day for quiet reflection. Creating and coloring mandalas is a wonderful way to slow down and tune in. I’ve …

Newsletter Video Message – January 2016

For the newsletter this week, I recorded the message. I can convey so much more in the video format. Don’t you think? Listen in to: Hear about the upcoming course and about creating personal retreats and see a few of the pages from the Retreat Planner that participants will get. See fan mail from India and Australia filled with inspiration for your mandala practice. Two projects ideas that will lift up your spirit. Show Notes Let’s Retreat Together! Pictured above are a few of the many pages in the Retreat Planner that’s part of the January Mandala Online Retreat. One of several downloads participants will get as part of the course. READ MORE & SIGN UP HERE Fan Mail from India This gorgeous card comes from Shruti Gautam Dev from India. The back of the card really captures the spirit of what we experience when we create and color mandalas. It is also the intention for creating retreat moments, a practice we will be exploring in the January Mandala Retreat. Visit Shruti’s website: http://www.artyzenworld.com Fan …