All posts tagged: color

Mandala Meditation: Ganesh Yantra

“Where do you get all of your ideas?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question. I’ve been known to say, “Inspiration is everywhere.” I think I’ll add to that statement, “Inspiration is everywhere. Look around you.” Thinking more about this, it’s more than looking around you. It’s about getting curious. It’s one thing to see something, it’s another to ask, “Why?” or “What if?” I have a long list of topics that I’m currently exploring. I can never study just one thing. My mind loves devouring several topics at once and making connections between them. One of my long time interests has been in exploring the meaning of our mandalas. The colors, shapes, symbols, and how they are arranged can tell us a lot about where we are in the moment. There are long standing traditions where mandalas are created with specific symbols and colors. One such tradition that I’ve been curious to learn more about is the Hindu yantras. The earliest yantras date back 1,000 BCE in northern India. Throughout the ages, sacred …

Product Review: Arteza Watercolor Brush Pens

Arteza reached out to me asking if I would give an honest review of three of their products: 48 Water-Based Ink Real Brush Pens, Water Brush Pens, and Premium Watercolor Paper. Run Time: 14:27 Related Links Color I Course – For more product demos and lessons on creating color harmony.  Mandala Drawing I Course – Learn how to draw mandalas. Ten video lessons, each one under ten minutes to get you started creating mandalas quickly and successfully.  Sharing Circle – I’d love to see you in our online community for mandala enthusiasts. It’s FREE! Arteza Affiliate Links Arteza provide the products for this review. I was not paid for this review. I’m now participating in the Arteza Affiliate Program, which means if you click on the product links in this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I use these commissions to purchase products to giveaway in my monthly mandala challenges or to use in my workshops and courses. Arteza Watercolor Real Brush Pens (Set of 48) Arteza Water Brush …

Meet the Contributors from The Mandala Guidebook

Open my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” and turn to the contributor gallery in the back where you’ll find ten artists with ten very different design styles. You’ll also notice that they come from all over the globe. It just goes to show that creating mandalas is a universal art form and past time. I asked each artist a question about their mandala practice. Unfortunately in the book I could only include 50 words. Fortunately, I have a website where I could include their full responses along with their bios. Read through on how Michael McGrath’s (Bro. Mickey as I know him) mandala practice can have a prayerful aspect and how healing it is for Donna Gentile to make mandalas. I was inspired to read how many of these very talented artists started later in life. It is a reminder that we are never too old to pick up something new like creating mandalas. Enjoy meeting these lovely and talented mandala artists. Meet Michael O’Neill McGrath Meet Donna Gentile Meet Irina Artamonova Meet Jackie Fuller Meet Jane …

[VIDEO] Luminous Mandalas – Mandalas on Black Background

Today’s theme, “Luminous Mandalas” seems so timely. Here in New England the winter nights are really long. It is dark when I wake up in the morning and dark when I leave the office at the end of the day. I’m counting down the days to the Winter Solstice. One day and counting! Today’s video is more than a how-to demonstration on creating and coloring mandalas. It is also an invitation to consider your own gorgeous bright light and how it radiates to inspire others. In this video you’ll find: An introduction to the Great Round and Stage Twelve. A demonstration using colored pencils on a black background to create a luminous effect. A demonstration of using stencils to create a mandala design. A gallery of luminous mandalas from members of the 100 Mandalas Community that features a variety of styles and mediums. An invitation to join the 100 Mandalas Community. Supplies Used in the Video: Prismacolor Colored Pencil Uni Posca Paint Marker in Silver Strathmore Black Paper, 9 by 12-Inch Cut into a 9″ …

How to Use Colored Pencils to Color Mandalas

How to Color Mandalas Using Colored Pencils

I’m infatuated with colored pencils, especially my Prismacolor set of 48 colors. I made this video to show you why I love coloring mandalas with them. This video is like getting a FREE class on the basics of colored pencils. It is a perfect companion to the FREE coloring books that you can download, HERE. (Note: The hamsa coloring book is now only available for members of the Sharing Circle.) This video covers: The types of colored pencils – student versus professional grades. How to store and sharpen colored pencils. Price Best paper to use with colored pencils. How to color with colored pencils (hint: think layers). Four blending techniques. Single color gradients. Two color gradients. Mixing your own colors. If you love coloring, watch this video. It is a great introduction to colored pencils. Enjoy! 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 …

How to Draw and Color Mandalas

Drawing mandalas is not as hard as it looks. I designed these videos to show you step-by-step how to draw mandalas. Once you get the hang of it, watch out! It will be hard to stop. That’s where “Taking the 100 Mandalas Challenge” comes in. Let’s start with these videos. How to Draw Mandalas for Beginners How to Draw Perfectly Symmetrical Mandalas for Beginners How to Use Colored Pencils to Color Mandalas Online Classes Take your mandala practice to the next level with these online classes. Mandala Drawing I Course Color I Course: Techniques & Color Harmony Labyrinth Retreat

How to Draw Perfectly Symmetrical Mandalas for Beginners

How to Draw a Perfectly Symmetrical Mandala for Beginners

I’m going to show you my trick for making perfectly symmetrical mandalas. Think you can’t draw? Think Again. I show you step-by-step how to set up a grid to create this perfectly symmetrical mandala. Once you get the hang of it, you can easily take this method and create a 100 different mandalas just by changing the shapes, colors, and little details. Let’s see how easy it is… “I’ve struggled alot with trying to understand how to create a geometric mandala. It was like having a light click on in my head when I watched your second video! Thank you! I’m excited to watch your next video now!” ~ Alexis Antinossi 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 …

How to Draw Mandalas for Beginners

How to Draw a Mandala for Beginners

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 …

Journal Mandala

Journal Mandalas

Today’s mandalas take on a different look and feel. I’m working “off the grid” and rather than arrange the colors and shapes in a radial balance, that is, from the center outward, I break up the plane in ways that feels intuitively right to me. These mandalas each tell a story, quite literally. The first two mandalas in this post were both drawn on the same day while traveling in Georgia. I had a day to myself waiting to check into a hotel and before the retreat started in the evening. Click on the mandalas for a closer look and you’ll see some of the journal writing that tells more of the story. This mandala records the events of the morning.  Here is a look at the story (saga more like it) and some of the visual details to go with it: The first hotel that I checked into was awful! There were stains on the furniture. The place was old, tired, and worn. I was afraid to take off my shoes, open my luggage, …