Do you listen to music while creating your mandalas? Neomi, a member of the 100 Mandalas Team suggested that we create mandalas based on a piece of music.
Pictured above is Neomi's mandala that goes with the following Israeli song titled "Almost Romantic."
Fabienne shares the story of her music mandala:
As I was drawing my mandala (on May 8), my partner was watching TV in the next room. When he went to bed, he asked me if he should leave the TV on. I told him to do so, because what I heard at that precise moment interested me a lot. On May 8th, there were many films and documentaries about the Nazi surrender on May 8th 1945.
At that precise moment when I was drawing my mandala, there was a documentary on Raphael Schächter, a young talented Jewish conductor. Armed with only an abandoned piano and small suitcase of musical scores, Rafael Schachter defied the Nazis at Terezin camp in the only way he knew how: through his music.
I didn't know before about this man and what he's done for the people who were with him in this camp.
I was deeply moved about it and looked on Internet to learn more about it. Here are a few videos to go with my mandala starting with the trailer for the movie "Defiant Requiem."
In this next video, the Terezin story is told by the conductor and other people during a concert in Budapest Hungary.
Learn more: The Defiant Requiem Foundation
Listen to: Verdi Requiem
Maria chose the song Color Me by Mairéid Sullivan
She writes, "I sat in meditation listening to the song, instantly I saw the colors flowing...When I finished I painted the colors I'd seen and while listening to the song again I drew the white mandala ink inside. It felt like a magic dance..."
Maria Mercedes Trujillo A., MagaMerlina, New Zealand
I enjoy playing with colors, I make art for fun and to feed my soul. You are welcome to follow my creative journey at www.magamerlina.com
When Neomi suggested today's theme, I thought instantly of my father who played Chopin, Rachmananov, Tchaikovsky.
When I worked on the center of my mandala, I had Chopin playing in my head. He was my Dad's favorite. I took an old piece of sheet music that was sprayed with Dylusions Ink. My Dad an engineer would prefer a design based on sacred geometry. I drew the Flower of Life and inked it with an ordinary ball point pen and filled it with colored pencils. An image of a woman's face was stamped onto a piece of the music paper and I typed and glued on the word "etudes" chosen after Chopin's Etudes.
I cut out the mandala and glued it onto a piece of paper painted with acrylics in my Dad's favorite color, blue.
On another day, I finished the mandala. This time I sat down with my son's headphones and closed my eyes to listen to a recording of Vladimir Horowitz playing Chopin. Having the headphones on, I was engulfed by the music. My body relaxed as I recalled my Dad playing this music. When I was ready, I finished the piece by drawing flourishes around the perimeter.
I often listen to music when I create mandalas. It helps me to create a retreat like space while working on my mandalas. My go to music includes:
Coloring Mandalas World Tour
I loved LouAnn Bramante's idea to color the mandalas from our 100 Mandalas Challenge Coloring Book by country. This idea struck me: "Wouldn't it be fun to see the same mandala colored by different people? How might the feeling and meaning of the mandala change?"
Each week, I'll feature a mandala from the coloring book and invite you to download, print, color and post your mandala in an album in our private Facebook page.
Our first stop is Canada and the mandala found on page 39 by Wendy Neilsen, CZT.
If you listened to a piece of music while coloring your mandala, share it with us! It would be fun to see the connection between the mandala, music, and color.
Each week we feature someone from our 100 Mandalas Community. This week's spotlight is on Jan Bettridge who shared her first mandalas pictured above. Thank you Jan for diving right in. Your mandalas have inspired me to doodle and tangle!
About the 100 Mandalas Challenge
If you are just discovering the 100 Mandalas Challenge, welcome! The challenge is to create 100 mandalas in 100 days (those don't have to be consecutive days). Learn more about the challenge at 100mandalas.org.
Each week (either on Sunday or Monday) a new theme and/or art technique will be shared. Think of these as a weekly vitamin, a dose of inspiration to get your creativity fired up. You may like what you see and want to try it out, or you may be groovin' with a particular medium and want to go deeper with it. We love exploring and diving deep and encourage you to follow what interests you.
So you don't forget to take your vitamin, sign up to receive Kathryn's e-mail newsletter. You'll get a weekly update with a link to the current theme.
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I absolutely love how this post turned out and that it inspires you to explore the connection between music, color, and mandalas.
Until next week,
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler
Kathryn Costa, New Hampshire, USA
I started the 100 Mandalas Challenge to explore the creative possibilities within a circle and discovered so much more: creating mandalas is a powerful tool for relaxing, healing, and cultivating joy. When I'm not creating mandalas, I enjoy collage and art journaling, photography, and Ikebana (Japanese Flower arranging). I live in New England with my Brazilian husband, Fernando. www.truenortharts.com