Hello friends! I have been absent for a while – been on an amazing wilderness adventure which I will write about next week. I was able to do some art journaling on this adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest so I’m happy to share a few pages with you next week.
But for now I’m thrilled to tell you about Kathryn Costa’s book The Mandala Guidebook: How to draw, paint and color expressive mandala art! I was sent a review copy and absolutely love it. This guidebook gives you step by steps on how to create free form mandalas but also mandalas using a compass and protractor. Funnily enough Kathryn mentions some people’s fear or reticence in using those instruments – dating back to their school days where geometry struck fear in their hearts. That would be me :). I don’t think I’ve owned a compass and protractor for a few decades. If you’d like to download a free chapter you can click here.
As you can see I have incorporated free form decorative mandalas in my art for some time and truly enjoy how they spice up a page. After reading Kathryn’s book and perusing some of the projects as well as studying her simple step by step instructions I am going to buy a compass set and start making intentional mandalas.
This was one of my favourite mandalas in Kathryn’s book.
I am especially intrigued to use mandalas to solve problems, let go of my fears and to use in my gratitude practise. Drawing intentional mandalas will also give you greater clarity and insight on what’s happening in your life. The possibilities are truly endless.
This book is full of prompts, pattern ideas, inspiration and mixed media techniques from using simple pen and paper to more complex mixed media projects. There truly is something for everyone here.
In celebration of the release of The Mandala Guidebook I’m having a giveaway. You can enter to win some of my artful products – journal book, bookmarks, postcard, greeting card, Heidi wood block and Teens Dream Journal DVD. Simply leave me a comment here – letting me know if you have used mandalas in your mixed media or art journal pages before. I’ll pick a winner on Saturday May 28th at 9 am PST.