Check out this breathtaking mandala. It is the latest "Community Mandala Project." Members of the 100 Mandalas Community were invited to alter a petal of this mandala. A piece was e-mailed to each participant and assigned a color. They were instructed to alter the petal using any medium they chose. Participants were invited to think of their positive intentions and words-for-the year as they worked on their pieces.
I collected and pieced together this mandala. The result is a strong, powerful, positive symbol for our community.
As I considered the word to put in the center, "love" was the obvious choice. For love is at the center of all positive intentions.
Here is a closer look at a few of the petals.
Maria Mercedes Trujillo
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND
Esperance, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
...or on a pillow
How about a travel mug? You can carry this positive symbol wherever you go.
Imagine sleeping under all of this positive energy!
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Want to participate in the next Community Mandala Project?
The next Community Mandala Project is scheduled for March 2015. Invitations to participate are sent exclusively to people signed up for my e-mail newsletter. It is one way to thank my subscribers for following my creative journey and the 100 Mandalas Challenge.
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What's Your Number?
I can hardly believe that we are at a point in time where those who started the challenge when we launched in October are reaching their 100th mandala. When I created the graphic above, it was fun to see the variety of mandalas that I've created for hosting this challenge. If you haven't already started one, I recommend creating a gallery of your mandalas. You can do this by setting up a Pinterest board or an album on Facebook. It is so rewarding to look back at all of the mandalas as a collection.
Whether you are closing in on 100 or just starting your daily mandala practice, know that it isn't a race. Take your time. This is why the days don't have to be consecutive. I hope you'll enjoy the journey.
I'm working on designing a special commemorative token for those of you who reach 100. As soon as I have completed the design and ordered them, I'll let you know. I'm hoping to have it pulled together within the next two months.
When you reach 100 mandalas in 100 days, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Each week we feature one of the participants from the 100 Mandalas Community. This week I am delighted to introduce you to a friend of mine, Kelli Capone Cody who was the first person to reach 100 mandalas in 100 days.
This is really significant as Kelli was the art teacher 17 years ago who introduced me to mandalas and the work of Carl Jung. We were both in our first year teaching at Kearsarge Regional High School in New Hampshire. Kelli told me how in art school one of her teachers assigned to them a daily mandala and journal assignment. Kelli gave me some tips on facilitating a group mandala experience and my first mandala was facilitating a collaborative mandala with my 17 graphic design students.
Kelli writes, "Well the day has arrived, yesterday was the 100th day of the 100 Mandalas Challenge for me. As I shared Day98s mandala, a friend added a comment asking would I extend the challenge to 365?!? Then the challenge creator asked a similar question on their site, “What’s your number?” a little check-in as we approach the 100th mandala what will we do: continue our mandala practice? Or go for 200? I replied that I was working on my 100th at that moment and who knows maybe I’ll go on towards 365 just like my friend suggested."
It is pretty cool how Kelli and I have come "full circle" with our mandala connection. Kelli is currently living in Doha, Qatar with her family. Kelli and her husband are educators whose work has taken them to exotic and remote places all over the world. Follow Kelli's journey on her blog at: https://sporadicsquiggles.wordpress.com
I am thrilled to be collaborating with my dear friend Mae on an upcoming retreat called, "Seeking the Sacred in Everyday Life." I will be presenting two hands-on workshops one on mandala making and the other on collage journal keeping.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Thank you all for making 100 Mandalas more than a challenge, it's a community!
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva and Creative Dabbler