All posts tagged: draw

March Mandala Challenge: Scavenger Hunt Mandalas

The topic for the March Mandala Challenge is Scavenger Hunt Mandala. I’m all about using what you already have to create mandalas. In this challenge, you’ll collect round shaped household items in various sizes to use as circle templates to create a mandala. It’s fun to look at every day familiar objects with a new lens. This challenge is to encourage you to play like you did when you were a kid. Have fun! Challenge Details Collect four or more objects that have a circle shape in various sizes. Do NOT use stencils for this challenge. It’s okay to use objects of other shapes for your mandala but you need at least four circles. Trace the circles starting with the largest circle to the smallest to create a progression of concentric circles. Use a straight edge to draw some guidelines and to break up the circle into four or more sections. Fill the circle with shapes, patterns, and colors. Use any medium. For more design ideas, download the first chapter of my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” at www.100mandalas.com/book …

January Mandala Challenge: Mandala Inspiration Wheel

I’m delighted to announce a new series to inspire your muse called the Monthly Mandala Challenge. Look for a video each month that introduces the theme, contest details, and the prizes. Project Theme for January: Mandala Inspiration Wheel One day while looking at my wall on Facebook, I noticed a really cool video clip of a fidget spinner whirring above a hand-painted mandala with the question, “What gift can you give yourself more of today?” The possible answers delighted my heart – ease, novelty, play, stillness, rest, adventure… I clicked through to my friend Tonia Jenny’s Facebook wall and saw that she had created some other Fidget Spinner Fortunes that posed more heart expanding questions and answers. What can you give yourself more of this week? What will support your dreams today? What is your soul asking for? I’m a DIY kinda gal and thought, I want to make one! But wait, I’d love to see what my mandala family would create. I reached out to Tonia and she generously offered to be the first …

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 …

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 …

Create a Mandala Shield

Dear Mandala Family, Serendipity has been showing up again and again in many ways for me. A couple of months ago I designed a “virtues shield” that you’ll see further down on this post to go with a magazine article. Then, a couple of weeks ago I was reviewing the different projects for Stage Seven of the Great Round in Susanne Fincher’s book, “The Mandala Workbook” and came across a “mandala shield” project. How cool that what I had created for the magazine article was published in July the same month that we study Stage 7. I seem to be in synch! The mandala shield project is similar to a project that I learned about in my training to become a Virtues Project Facilitator. The prompts from the VP training are more specific than what Susanne offers in her book. Pictured above is the mandala shield that I created this week for myself. I started by drawing a circle, dividing it into four and drawing a circle at the center. In the upper left quadrant, I picked …

Four Artists Play: Mandala Art Inspired by The Mandala Guidebook

I asked several artists who I greatly admire if they would review a copy of my book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” What is so much fun with these reviews is how each artist was inspired to play and create mandalas and they took the concepts and ideas from my book and made it their own. Michelle Ward I first “met” Michelle many years ago when I was first blogging and she was hosting creativity challenges on her blog. Through these challenge, Michelle inspired me to experiment with different mediums and techniques that show up in my mixed media mandalas today. In addition to loving Michelle’s design sensibility, I appreciate her process for finding inspiration everywhere and finding creative ways to translate that in her own style. Michelle writes, “If you have considered jumping into mandala making then I recommend seeking out Kathryn’s book.  It’s a wonderful introduction to the unique art form.” “[Kathryn] has a gentle yet enthusiastic voice that walks you through options for designing, embellishing, and adding color …

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 …

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 …

[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″ …