All posts filed under: Monthly Mandala Challenges

October Mandala Challenge

We enter October with the new moon in Libra that focuses on bringing harmony to our relationships. This intention ties in beautifully with the next chakra in our monthly mandala challenge as we move up the chakra ladder from the heart chakra to the throat chakra. For this month’s challenge, let’s work with the energies and intentions of both the heart and throat chakras as we create our mandala art focused on the relationship that we have with ourselves. The traditional heart chakra mandala pictured on the left is characterized by the six pointed star, 12 lotus petals and colored emerald green. Light pink is also a color associated with the heart chakra. The throat chakra has a downward pointing triangle with a circle at the center, 16 lotus petals, and in a light sky blue color. The heart chakra is our love center and the the throat chakra is about expressing ourselves. When we work with both the heart and throat chakras, the energy and intentions are about speaking from our hearts, expressing ourselves …

September Mandala Challenge

In this month’s mandala challenge, we work our way up the chakra ladder to the heart chakra where our mandalas cool down from the sunny yellow mandalas that we created for last month’s challenge to cooler greens for September. Greens range from cool to warm depending on how much blue or yellow is used in the green color. Light pink is another color that shows up in the heart chakra. Here delicate lotus flowers add a soft touch in contrast to the leafy green motif. Let’s take a look at the relationship of greens and pinks on the color wheel. Pink is a lighter version of the color red. Here we see how green and red are opposite each other; they are complementary colors. In terms of the heart chakra, I think this is a really neat connection as “balance” is a theme for this chakra as illustrated by the six-pointed star in the center made up of two triangles, one pointing upward and one pointing downward. Traditionally, these two triangles represent male versus female …

July Mandala Challenge | Sacral Chakra Inspired Orange Mandalas

This month’s mandala challenge is inspired by the color of the sacral chakra, orange. If you don’t like the color orange, you are not alone. When polled, orange is among the least favorite colors. Don’t let your resistance stop you from taking up the challenge. Often when resistance shows up, it’s a good time to take notice. You may just discover something new say a new appreciation for the color orange, or bump into a new art technique, or better yet, uncover an insight about yourself. The sacral chakra is the featured chakra for July in the Chakra Workshop Series with Kathryn Costa. Among the many facets of this chakra covered in the workshop, two that may interest you is the exploration of our creativity cycles with a look at how to get unstuck. The second and perhaps the most important is how this chakra invites us to lighten up, play, and bring a sense of awe, discovery, and whimsy to our daily lives. Let’s face it, life can get pretty heavy but that doesn’t …

October Mandala Challenge

This month’s mandala challenge is inspired by the beautiful colors of the Arteza fineliner pens and my fascination with chakras. Get the contest details and watch me draw chakra mini mandala art in my journal in this quick six minute video. How to Enter Draw a Mandala – Create one mandala or fill a page with several like I did in my journal, see video. Any Style – You may draw your mandala freehand, geometric design, or chakra inspired. Get creative and have fun! Only Colored Pens – No black pens. Use one color like I did in the video or have fun trying out different color combinations. There are many pen options like the fineliners that I used in the video, gel pens, even ball point pens. Outline Only – No coloring, blending, etc. Photograph or Scan your entry. Post in the Sharing Circle by October 31, 2018.Member log-in. Not a Member? Join for Free Prize & Coupon One winner will be randomly drawn to receive a set of 48 fineliner water-based pens from …

August Mandala Challenge

This month’s featured project may challenge your idea of what a mandala is. We often think of mandalas as have a clear center with shapes, colors, and patterns repeating from the center. Swiss Psychiatrist Carl G. Jung introduced to the West the idea of creating circular art for insight and self expression. During a time when Jung had a experienced a personal crisis his journal writings included drawings within circles. He observed over time how these drawings had colors, numbers, symbols, and arrangements that reflected his thoughts, feelings, and dreams. He called these circular drawings mandalas as they reminded him of the Hindu and Buddhist art form. This month’s challenge is a project from a course that I teach called, “The Great Round” where we create mandala art to explore twelve psychological stages that we all experience at different moments in our lives. Pictured here is a diagram of twelve symbols in black and white that typify each of the stages and the colored images are sample mandalas for each stage. Watch the video above to …

Color Inspiration Challenge

This month the mandala challenge is all about noticing the colors around us creating a color palette for coloring our mandalas. Watch this short 4-minute video to get the details. Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2018 at midnight, EST. One entry per person. Post Entries on the Sharing Circle Member Log-in Join the Sharing Circle. It’s Free! Official Contest Entry Form Contest Rules & Guidelines Download Your Gifts Color Guide Course Edition – For those of you in my Color I course this one is for you. Color Guide Sampler – This is for members of the Sharing Circle and subscribers to my e-mail newsletter. Enjoy!

May Mandala Challenge

I’m often asked where I get all of my ideas. For this month’s challenge, I thought I would show you how I take inspiration and turn it into my own unique mandala art. The theme this month is Mexican Inspired Mandalas. Here is a look at my design notes inspired by pieces of Mexican folk art. Here you can see how I applied the design elements to a final mandala design. Watch the quick 4 minute video to get the contest details and to see the fabulous prizes donated by our mandala sister, Mary-Anne Betrand Schoenike. I can’t wait to see the colors, shapes, and patterns that will show up in your Mexican inspired mandala art this month! ~ Kathryn Costa Challenge Details Create a mandala inspired by Mexican folk art. For inspiration check out my Mexican Art board on Pinterest. Post a photo or scan of your mandala in the Sharing Circle. Not a member? Join the Sharing Circle. It’s Free! Deadline to enter is May 28, 2018 at midnight, EST. One winner will be randomly …