Merry Christmas from 100 Mandalas! Pictured here are some of my presents decorated with tags using my Solstice Mandala.
Merry Christmas from Megan in Australia. Here is a look at the presents under her tree this year.
About the 100 Mandalas Challenge
The 100 Mandalas Challenge is hosted by Kathryn Costa and Megan Warren. If you are new here, you can get an overview of the challenge over on this page, HERE. The challenge is to create 100 mandalas in 100 days. Basically a mandala is a design within a circle. Each week we offer a theme and art technique as a point of inspiration. You are welcome to play with the theme or experiment with any materials or styles that catch your interest. You can start your 100 Mandalas Challenge at any time.
How will mandalas show up this holiday for you?
Idea #1 - Share your love for making mandalas.
The holidays are a great time to share your love for mandala making. I spent a morning with my dear friend Terri and her 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter.
With very little instruction the kids jumped right into drawing their own mandalas.
I had so much fun watching their approach - so uninhibited and playful.
As we drew our mandalas we chatted about all sorts of topics. It was a lovely way to catch up.
We thought we would get together for an hour and 2-1/2 hours later we finished our mandalas. The time flew and we all had a blast!
My colleague made these mandala coasters for me this year. She took a piece of scrapbook paper with a mandala pattern and affixed them onto tiles. Celia found the idea on Pinterest and followed a link to THIS SITE. She notes, "Do use the Envirotex product to waterproof them." I just love handmade gifts!
Idea #3 - Design a mandala based on a Christmas carol.
This week I started playing with the 12 Days of Christmas theme for my mandalas. My partridge is looking rather pregnant - perhaps pregnant with lots of creative ideas?
My "Two Turtle Doves" remind me of the Dutch Hex symbols. I only had time for the first two gifts from the song. I think I'll save the rest for next year's Christmas mandala project. They could be reproduced to make gift tags and Christmas cards.
Idea #4 - Make a digital Christmas mandala
working with a photo of this piece of wrapping paper.
How will mandalas show up during your holiday?
Each week we select a 100 Mandalas participant to spotlight here, on Facebook, and in the weekly e-mail newsletter. This week I invite you to visit Kathy Darrow's blog post where she shares her mandala journey. She documents how her mandalas have changed, the influences, and her experiments over a period of 45 days. She writes, "The entire process fascinates me for so many reasons. It is teaching me better focus, to experiment and to notice patterns in the natural world around me. But it is also teaching me to appreciate how we all evolve in the way we think and do things. Sometimes we change very slowly. Sometimes we have leaps of awareness. Sometimes we combine information from many sources to create new realizations." Visit Kathy Darrow's Blog
Where are you at with your 100 mandalas challenge?
This might be a good time to look over all of your mandalas and make some observations as to how they have changed and what you've learned. I'd love to hear your story and learn from you! Post your story and send me a link or write to me directly at email@example.com
Show and Tell
We love show and tell! We hope you'll get excited about your mandalas and want to share what you've done with our community. There are several ways you can play along:
Mr. Linky: At the bottom of each weekly theme there is a place for posting the link to your blog posts. Please be sure to link to your mandala and not just a general link to your website. Thank you!
Facebook: Like the 100 Mandalas Challenge community page on Facebook and post your mandalas.
Instagram: Post your mandalas and tag @100Mandalas
Pinterest: Like the 100 Mandalas Challenge board on Pinterest and you'll get access to pin your mandalas. I've just made some of the other True North Arts boards on Pinterest public. Follow any of these boards and I'll make you a pinner: Mandalas, Doodles, Zentangle, Rock Mandalas, Danmalas, and Found Object Mandalas.
Hashtag: Wherever you post, don't forget to include the hashtag #100Mandalas
Use this badge on your blogs.
Link to this page: http://www.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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Support 100 Mandalas
Kathryn has teamed up with her husband Fernando to offer these wood mandala tiles for sale. Choose from 6 designs. Paint them with your favorite colors and design styles. Purchase of these tiles helps to support our work here at 100mandalas.org and ensures that we keep offering great mandala posts, ideas, interviews, and loads of inspiration coming your way at no charge.
Following the 100 Mandalas Challenge is like getting a FREE online class.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva and Creative Dabbler