All posts filed under: Practice

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 two free thank you gifts! Free Coloring Book Join Our Community Current Workshops & Programs Color Workshop – Great for beginners! Covers techniques using markers, colored pencils as well as an introduction to creating color harmony. ongoing Goddess Workshop – Discover the goddess within you and make your own goddess art. Includes an introduction to mandalas, SoulCollage, and the Great Round. begins September 10, 2017 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. …

How to Rock Mandalafest

Mandalafest is coming very soon! This online event that I’m hosting celebrates the joys of creating and coloring mandalas with several contests and lots of prizes. Today’s post will give you lots of ideas for the “Mandala Your World” contest where you are encouraged to draw mandalas on found objects like pebbles and rocks. There are so many ways to paint a mandala onto rocks…let’s explore some of those options. [Note: I link to the products that I use in this post to Amazon. I’m an affiliate which means when you click through and purchase anything, I get a small kick back. Know that your purchases help me to buy art supplies which in turn I use to create tutorials and share inspiring blog posts like this one. Know that you don’t pay more for anything that you purchase by clicking on these links. I never link to a product that I haven’t tried myself.] Paint Pens I love using Uni-Posca paint pens that come in a variety of vibrant colors. Pictured above shows my steps …

Spring Renewal Mini Retreat

May 13, 2017 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Lunch Included White Swan Yoga Studio 1889 Elm St, Suite B Manchester, NH 03104 REGISTER A Day of Yoga, Art, Color, and Sound Zen Buddhist Master, Soen Nakagawa said, “All beings are flowers blossoming in a blossoming universe.” With the coming of spring we are reminded of the cycles of nature and that it’s never too late to begin again. We are blessed with an array of color and surrounded by new life and beauty. The cold of winter fades away and the light of the sun grows stronger, giving us hope for the future. Spring is the perfect time to revisit intentions you might have set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Join us on May 13, for a day of renewal and hope, as we examine the “seeds” of intentions we planted earlier in the year or as we “plant” new ones, exploring ways we, ourselves, can blossom. Learn from mandala artist, Kathryn Costa how to create a Seed of Life Mandala. Rosie …

Color Workshop

Are you like the chipmunk collecting lots of art supplies and saving them for a rainy day? The rainy day has arrived… I have a confession. I’ve been guilty of collecting art supplies, lots of them, and not using them. Beautiful tins of colored pencils, collections of watercolor markers, gel pens, Copics, TomBows, Winsor Newton, and Posca paint pens fill my home studio. Do you have lots of art supplies that are going unused too? It’s time to dust them off and start playing. Join me for a color workshop that I’m hosting in the Sharing Circle. Get inspired, learn new techniques, try out some different color combinations, and connect with mandala enthusiasts from all over the world. Let’s play with color this season! ~ Kathryn Costa, Host of Mandalafest, the 100 Mandalas Challenge, and the Sharing Circle, and author of “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” Are you in a color rut, picking the same colors over and over again? Do you feel overwhelmed by so many colors and …

Your Mandalas Tell a Story…Discover Yours

Did you know that the mandalas that you create have a story to tell? The lines, shapes, symbols, colors, and arrangements in your mandala art reflects your unconscious at a particular moment in your life. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words your feelings or what’s troubling you. The expressive arts is a way of creating a visual representation that aids you in unlocking those words. When those stories are unlocked, there’s a feeling of release and relief. There are 12 psychological stages that we all go through in life. In fact, we experience these stages over and over again. In this series called, “The Great Round,” we explore these stages by coloring, drawing, painting, collaging, and crafting mandalas. No art experience necessary. What do those psychological stages look like? Here are a few that you’ll recognize: Milestones in Life: birth, adolescence, graduation, leaving home, marriage, parenting, caring for aging parents, retirement, etc. Creativity Cycles: feeling creatively low versus highly productive and energized; unfocused versus focused periods Life’s Challenges: Loss, grieving, falling apart, health issues Embracing …

Blessings Jar

I was a single mother for many years. My son and I had a nightly routine that began with four familiar words, “It’s time for bed.” As soon as I would begin to utter this announcement, we’d race headlong to my bed. The first person to get there would exclaim, “Name three things that made you happy today.” We’d take turns recounting good things from our day but the last person to get there had to go first. Here’s what we discovered: We started looking for good things in our day. We knew we were going to report on it later in the day, so we collected good things to bring back home. We noticed patterns in our expressions of gratitude. Often they involved connecting with other people, accomplishing a goal, finishing a project, or learning something new. The blessings were not always big things, but were more often something really small like smiling and being kind to a store clerk and noticing how it would brighten their day or the smell of coffee and …

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 …

DIY Gifts to Lift the Spirit

This last year I had been contributing mandala art for the Heart to Heart column in Parable Magazine. When the editor of the magazine saw my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” she approached me about contributing a project for a new column. I came up with the name “Prayerful Projects” for the column to tie in with Mae Edwards’ new focus for her Heart to Heart column about making time for one self in the form of a personal retreat. Pictured above you can see the layout and how our columns face each other. The first project in this series is a journal project designed for the non-artist who wants to create a special place to record their thoughts, ideas, inspirational quotes, and prayers. A plain notebook is transformed into a lovely space with the addition of a mandala colored, cut out and glued on the cover. My mandala practice – creating and coloring mandalas – as well as journal writing offer me a quiet time to relax, reflect, and renew. In this weary world, we need …

Gratitude Mandalas

42 gratitudes. Pictured above is the Flower of Life pattern made up of 42 petals filled with declarations of people, accomplishments, and gifts that I’m grateful for. At the center is my “inner circle” including my devoted husband, son, colleagues and dear friends. In the white petals are words that describe the qualities that I’m grateful for within this circle. The other circles in this design cover a variety of gratitudes: Family Friends 100 Mandalas Community Accomplishments Gifts and Talents that I’ve nurtured in myself Authors and Artists who I admire If you look closely at my mandala you’ll find some keywords that repeat: friendship, connection, creativity, curiosity, support, love, sharing, and caring. I see each of these words as invitations. Invitations that point to what to focus on in 2017. Last year I did this exercise and it is interesting to look back on how I filled in the design with color and gratitudes. I didn’t look at last year’s mandala before working on my gratitude mandala for this year until now as I post them here in this …

2016 Inspired Year Mandala

Fifty participants of the Inspired Year Mandala Retreat were invited to contribute a piece to this group mandala project. Each person was given a piece and assigned a color. They printed the piece, filled it with color and form and incorporated their word-for-the-year into their design. When I started creating these “community mandalas” it was to bring our group closer together and illustrate how there is a place for everyone. I love that you don’t have to be an “artist” or believe that you are creative to fit into this project. The mandala was designed with a sense of movement to convey how our positive intentions and inspiring words-for-the-year inspire us to take action. The round circles are seeds and the flower aspect is the opening up and our becoming in 2016. I chose soft colors that reinforce how important it is to be gentle with ourselves as we takes the steps we need to realize our dreams. Compassion, self-care, and nurturing are all woven into the color choices. This is a powerful symbol of love …