This week's theme for the 100 Mandalas Challenge is the "Tree of Life." Pictured above is a peek at the Pinterest board that I set up with many examples of trees to inspire your mandala art.
As you create your tree mandala consider the:
Roots - Where have you been? How has your family, friends, colleagues and experiences shaped who you are today?
Trunk - What helps you to stand tall? Who and what supports you?
Branches - Who and what are you reaching out to?
Leaves, Blossoms, Fruits - What gifts and blessings are you grateful for?
The Tree of Life
The concept of a tree of life has been used in biology, religion, philosophy, and mythology. A tree of life is a common motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. It alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The term tree of life may also be used as a synonym for sacred tree.
The tree of knowledge, connecting to heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life, connecting all forms of creation, are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, and are portrayed in various religions and philosophies as the same tree.
Tree of Life, Tree of Love
Medium: Acrylic paint, black sharpie, pearl ex interference gold pigment on 140 wt. watercolor paper
Patricia J. Mosca, New York, USA
Patricia Mosca is an artist and the author of “Permission Slips for your Heart and Soul,” her mandala style journaling has been seen in several national magazines. Painting mandalas and interpreting them allows her to listen closely to the whispers of her heart. http://soulfullyjournaling.blogspot.com
Tree of Life
Medium: watercolor and ink on paper
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
Tree of Everlasting Life
I decided on a Christian perspective for my mandala with the cross representing the tree of life (everlasting life). I used lots of yellow to represent light and hope and joy.
Medium: sketch pad paper with Tombow markers.
Angella de Jager, South Africa
I am a self taught artist and have been a professional arts and crafts instructor for the last 15 years. I fell in love with creating colourful mandalas last year! angelladeedesigns.blogspot.com
Flowering Fruits of Hope
When I finished this illustration it reminded me of a child's drawing, full of joy and hopes.
Materials Used: Unipen fine liners 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2, a gold Posca pens 0.7 and Chameleon pens.
Kabbalah Tree of Life
READ ABOUT the Kabbalah Tree of Life
Each week we feature a member from our 100 Mandalas Community. Lady North from British Columbia posted this gorgeous mandala on the 100 Mandalas Challenge board on Pinterest. Check out the board where 1,304 mandalas for the challenge have been posted and you'll find lots of inspiration.
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.
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Each week as I prepare the feature, I am filled up with so much gratitude that our paths of crossed. Thank you!
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva and 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