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Gratitude Mandalas

One of my favorite practices is to combine my love for words and journal writing with mandalas. Each year during the week of Thanksgiving, I pull out a Flower of Life mandala and fill the shapes with words of appreciation. This year I designed a new mandala that starts with the Flower of Life in the center and surrounded it with border of interlocking semi-circles. In the center petals, I wrote down the names of the many people who I’m connected to including family, friends, colleagues, and members of my mandala community. You may include names of your mentors, teachers, authors, and artists who inspire you. Along the outer edge, record words to describe the qualities that you admire and appreciate. As you fill in the mandala, consider the many ways that you are connected. Fill some of the shapes with doodles and little drawings. Here I tucked in hearts under each virtue. A leaf-like pattern was repeated throughout to add detail. Pull out your favorite coloring supplies and think about each person as you fill …

Color I Course

Do you ever feel stuck and don’t know which colors to choose? Maybe you’ve collected a lot of art supplies and they are collecting dust. Let’s pull out our coloring stash to play and experiment. The Color I Course Features 12 Video Lessons on Coloring Techniques and Brand Demos The difference between alcohol versus water based markers; best mediums to use if you want to sell your mandala art Demo: Copic Markers Demo: Spectrum Noir Demo: Sharpies Demo: Winsor & Newton ProMarker and BrushMarker Demo: Faber-Castell PITT Brush Markers Demo: TomBow Brush Markers Demo: Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers Demo: Colored Pencils Demo: Watercolor Pencils and Inktense Pencils Demo: Posca Paint Pens Demo: Mix Media 5 Lessons on Color Harmony Color Inspiration is Everywhere! Color Wheel Color Temperature + Relativity Value + Intensity Five Color Schemes Supplemental Resources and Handouts. This course is for you if… If you love to color. You don’t know which mediums you want to invest in. You are a beginner and want to learn coloring techniques. You didn’t learn the …

Mandala Drawing I Course

The Mandala Drawing I Course Features 10 Video Lessons Learn how to draw geometric mandala patterns including: Trinity Knot Hexagons Pentagons Bagua Seed of Life and more! This course is for you if… You are a beginner and want to learn how to draw a variety of mandala designs. You find it easier to learn from watching a video rather than reading a book. You’ve been creating mandalas for a while and need some inspiration. You love the Zentangle Method and want to create some new “containers” to play with tangles and repeating patterns. You have my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” and you haven’t started yet. Schedule Opens November 18, 2017 Self-paced course Unlimited, lifetime access The Sharing Circle is where participants post their mandala art for this course. Enroll Today! $35 Purchase this as a gift. Buy Gift Certificates. Register HERE Student Artwork Participants of Mandalafest 2017 previewed a sample lesson and learned out to create a hexagon. For a closer look at these mandalas, click on the image.

Life as a Mandala: Discovering that you’ve come full circle

Do you see signs and patterns in your life? I do. Last week I discovered that I’ve come full circle. Over Columbus Day weekend, I traveled over 400 miles down to Pennsylvania to facilitate a mandala workshop. It was just a few days before heading down that I realized that three years ago on the very same weekend, I was in Pennsylvania. My husband and I were driving when I thought up the idea for the 100 Mandalas Challenge and a how-to book for drawing mandalas. When I think of the anniversary of this occasion, I’ve always focused on when I launched the 100 Mandalas Challenge, not when I thought it up. I mark the occasion with an online celebration called Mandalafest. It hadn’t dawned on me the significance of the previous weekend until now. Keep in mind that in my adult life, I’ve only been to Pennsylvania three times and this was the third visit. So you can imagine my surprise when I noticed a pattern that I was heading back to Pennsylvania to …

Your Mandalas Tell a Story…Discover Yours

  Did you know that the mandalas that you create have a story to tell? We can learn a lot from our mandalas from the colors, shapes, and symbols that we use and even how these elements are all arranged within the circle. Finding meaning in the art that we create isn’t a new idea. Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung kept a daily journal. During a time of crisis, circular drawings with vivid colors and pictures appeared on the journal pages. Jung began to notice patterns in these drawings that reflected his thoughts, feelings, and emotions at the time he drew them. Sometimes parts of his dreams emerged in the drawings, while other times it was an old story that needed his attention. Jung went on to use this practice of drawing a circle and filling it with color and form with his analysands. Sometimes we don’t easily have the words to express what we are feeling or experiencing, but working intuitively, it can emerge in our art. Since the circle drawings reminded him of the …

Inside the Circle – What’s Happening at 100 Mandalas

Dear Mandala Friends, You never know when you make a difference in someone’s life. Yesterday, I received a message on Facebook from someone whose life has been changed by my mandala book and the 100 Mandalas Challenge. Bev from Wales writes: Hi Kathryn, I just wanted to tell you how much of a difference buying your book and doing the 100 days mandala challenge has changed my life. I’m in my 50’s and since being told I couldn’t draw as a child, have been blocked creatively all my life. Over the last few years it has felt as though I have been in labour – literally, a feeling of wanting to draw but not knowing where to start. I tried countless times but just couldn’t get past a stick person or a few scribbles on the page. In March, I started your challenge & the floodgates opened – on all levels……… I have suffered insomnia all my life – not since drawing mandalas, I have more energy – I suffer from ME, but most of …

How to Draw Mandalas for Beginners

How to Draw Your First Mandala

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 …

Total Eclipses & Mandalas

Here in the US we are anticipating the total solar eclipse tomorrow, August 21st. This is the first one to be visible since 1979. While many people will be in a region to view it, everyone in the US can catch a partial eclipse. Here’s a cool tool that maps when and what you’ll see in your location. If you are concerned about missing it, not to worry. Lena from the Power Path School of Shamanism writes, “It really does not matter energetically, only psychologically. But with that said, this is definitely a time to honor a marker of huge change and the agent of a massive reset. Even if you have been working with these energies now for the past weeks, it is always good to honor the exact time frame around this event. What can you do? Be aware, through a list or a mental awareness, of what you are resetting. Do something that symbolizes coming into a still point, an unplugging, a dropping into the void. Acknowledge the absence of the sun …

Walking a Labyrinth

Labyrinth is a Greek word that means path. A labyrinth has a single path that twists and turns leading to a center point. To exit, one walks back the way she came in. It’s different from a maze that is designed with dead-ends. Walking a labyrinth can be seen as a metaphor for one’s life journey. Each time I walk a labyrinth, I find myself reflecting on my life and what needs my attention in the moment. Today’s labyrinth walk was at The Mercy Center in Madison, CT and features ocean views. As you look at the photo above, imagine hearing the crashing waves and feeling the coastal breezes blowing your hair. Breathe it in. Shall we walk the labyrinth together? Let’s… There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth and that’s a good thing for I found myself finding it hard to stick to the path at this site. Even though I have drawn this style labyrinth many times and I’m familiar with the pattern, I found myself a bit off …

Welcome to the Circle

Welcome to 100Mandalas.com and the home of the 100 Mandalas Challenge & Community hosted by Kathryn Costa. If you are interested in drawing, coloring, or working with mandalas, then you’ve arrived at the right place! Are you new to the 100 Mandalas Challenge? You may want to start with these links: What is a mandala? Videos on how-to draw and color mandalas. About the 100 Mandalas Challenge. Get my book, “The Mandala Guidebook.” PLUS a thank you gift! Join Our Community Current Workshops & Programs At Kripalu: Creating Mandalas for an Inspired Year – Begin your year feeling inspired, creating mandala art, and nourishing your body, mind and spirit. Kripalu is a world-renowned yoga and health center and perfect setting for a mandala weekend. December 29, 2017 – January 1, 2018 Mandalafest – FREE online workshop and party with contests and prizes. October 14 – 22, 2017