All posts tagged: mandalas

Goddess Workshop

Discover the goddesses within you. In this expressive arts workshop, Kathryn Costa brings three of her passions together: Mandalas, SoulCollage®, and Greek Mythology. Her storytelling style brings these classic stories to life and relates them to everyday situations. In this series you’ll meet seven feminine archetypes depicted in the Greek mythology: Aphrodite the lover, Hera the wife, Demeter the mother, Persephone the daughter and Goddess of the Underworld, Artemis the sister, Athena the strategist, and Hestia the wise woman and hearth keeper. Getting to know the goddesses activates their qualities and powers within you. And you’ll discover how to navigate and pair their powerful characteristics to best serve your aspirations and your relationships. You’ll explore the gifts of each Greek goddess while creating mandalas and/or SoulCollage® cards. EXPERIENCE: No art experience required for creating SoulCollage® cards. Basic drawing skills recommended for the mandala art. Or you are welcome to follow your muse to create goddess art using any medium and style of your choosing, such as visual journaling or mixed media. This online workshop includes: A …

Gallery: White Swan Spring Renewal Mini Retreat

What an incredible day! I love collaborating with Rosie at White Swan Yoga Studio. Today’s session included restorative yoga, a nourishing lunch (color bowls from Milk & Honey), mandala making (Seed of Life), collaborative danmala (flower mandala), color meditation and sound bath. Click on the images below to read the captions and to get a closer look at some images from this restorative, nurturing, and creative mini retreat. The day was a huge success! We plan on offering more mini retreats and mandala workshops. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to not miss the announcements. When you subscribe you get a free mandala coloring book with 50 designs.

100 Mandalas Compass Rose

Forty-three participants of the Inspired Vision 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. What word will inspire you as you navigate the opportunities and challenges that are showing up for you? For participants in the workshop we played with words until we found the one that spoke to each of us. A compass design brings together all of the words to help us individually and as a group to live an inspired life. This is a powerful symbol of faith and hope. Want to participate in the next Community Mandala Project? Exclusive invitations will be sent to the participants of the …

Mandala Workshop at Yoga Balance

Creating Mandalas for Relaxation & Self Expression Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Yoga Balance Studio 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH This workshop will be a fun opportunity to channel your inner artist! The workshop begins with an introduction to mandalas: the origins of the mandala; where mandalas show up in various cultures and in nature; and how mandalas are used as a practice for relaxation and self-expression. After centering with a short Gentle Yoga practice, we will learn how to construct a symmetrical grid as a basis for our designs, which we will then add shapes and patterns to create beautiful individual mandalas. We will finish with a closing ceremony to witness and honor everyone’s work. No art or yoga experience required. Beginners are encouraged to attend. All materials and supplies are provided. Fee: $45 per person; $40 before April 1. REGISTER NOW & SAVE!

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 …

80 Mandala Pumpkins and Gourds

To inspire your muse this Halloween season, I rounded up 80 pumpkins and gourds embellished with mandalas. Halloween is a big deal here in the states so much so the National Retail Federation anticipates that Americans will spend 8.4 Billion dollars in 2016 on candy, costumes, and decorations. How will you be celebrating this holiday? Mehndi Mandala Pumpkins by henna artist Vineeta Rajani Tangled Pumpkin Lace Inspired Pumpkin Mandalas by Nicole Barton Black Mehndi Mandala Pumpkin by henna artist Vineeta Rajani White Mandala Pumpkins Paisley Mandala Pumpkins Carved Mandala Pumpkin Peruvian Gourd Mandala Mandala Gourd Purse Celtic Pumpkins Pumpkin Mandala Coloring Page For more inspiration check out my pumpkin and gourd mandala board on Pinterest. Want to get started drawing mandalas? Check out these links: The Mandala Guidebook – Download the first chapter for free! How to Draw Mandala Videos Join the 100 Mandalas Community

Mandalafest Coloring Contest

Mandalafest 2016 Coloring Contest Gallery

Mandalafest 2016 was a hit! Three winners were randomly selected to win a copy of The Big Book of Mandalas Coloring Book and one of three art supplies: gel pens, brush markers, or electro-pop Sharpies in the coloring contest. Thank you to our prize sponsors: North Light Books, Art-n-fly, and Steve the “Coloring King” from the 100 Mandalas Community. An even bigger thank you to everyone who participated in the contests and activities throughout the weekend. What fun! ~ Kathryn Costa PS – Click on the images below to see them enlarged and to read the name of the artist.

Product Review: Art-n-Fly Gel Pens

I recently received a complimentary set of Art-n-Fly gel pens to review. The set of 40 gel pens comes in a plastic container that makes it easy for storage. You’ll see on the right how I store my pens upside down so the ink will flow and collect on the end where the pen tip is. This ensures that the ink will flow smoothly. There were a few pens that needed some encouragement to get the ink flowing but for the post part I was pleased with how the ink flowed in these pens. Note while this canister is convenient for storing the pens in your studio, it isn’t sturdy enough for throwing into your bag. The lid will fly off and the pens will empty out into the bottom of your bag. If you want to travel with these pens, I would put them into another pen case or bag. The set comes with a variety of colors and styles including: metallic, classic, pastel, neon, and glitter. I thought I would give the pastels a …

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 …

Stick ’em Up Mandalas – Mandalas Created with Stickers

This week’s mandala design theme is inspired by the amazing mandala pictured above designed using stickers! Get a closer look at how this intricate mandala was created OVER HERE. Whale Song Mandala As I was planning my own sticker mandalas I thought about collecting ocean themed stickers. Out of the blue and without knowing my desire for such stickers, I received *THIS WATER BOTTLE* in the mail that was fashioned to be a mailing tube. Catherine Calvetti was clearing out her studio and found several things she thought I would enjoy. Among the contents were a lot of stickers in the very theme I was interested in. Wow! Now how cool is that? I love it when synchronicity strikes! Although I didn’t have as many stickers as the mandala I was inspired by, I didn’t let that stop me from creating my own mandalas and in my own style. For the first mandala I started by painting a black circle. I really had fun selecting the various shapes and colored stickers and arranged them in …