Kathryn Costa’s Mandala Guidebook and a giveaway! Contest Closed we have a winner!

Hello friends!  We have a winner – Sandy Boren!  Please contact me so i can mail you your prizes!

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.

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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.

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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.


Good Luck!

Love, Violette

37 Comments on Kathryn Costa’s Mandala Guidebook and a giveaway! Contest Closed we have a winner!

  1. Kathryn Costa
    May 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Ooooh Violette what a wonderful review of my book. I’m thrilled that you are inspired after looking at my book to pick up a few tools and try out some of the exercises. I have to warn you, once you start making mandalas with intention, it is hard to stop! Mandala Fever is spreading! Your contest prizes are fabulous! Wow what a generous offering. I’ll be sure to add a link to your post in my line-up tomorrow at the launch party. Above all, I’m thrilled that you like the book.

  2. Emma Elliott
    May 21, 2016 at 2:05 pm (4 years ago)

    This book looks and sounds fantastic, what a awesome giveawayI would ove the chance to win, in the Uk if thats ok. Good Luck everyone and happy days 🙂

  3. Cristin
    May 21, 2016 at 2:09 pm (4 years ago)

    This book looks stunning!

    I *love* using Mandalas in my mixed media paintings and art journaling. I think they work well as interesting backgrounds, and also as the main subject! Thank you for sharing, Violette!

  4. Alison
    May 21, 2016 at 6:51 pm (4 years ago)

    No, I haven’t used/created any mandalas in my artwork. Well, at least not yet, because I might in the future! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  5. Dana Saint John
    May 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Oooh, fun! I love mandalas, this book looks AWESOME! Yep, I do draw and color mandalas in my art jounaling and really all over the place 🙂
    Thanks for the fun giveaway, much loves to you xoxo

  6. Chandra
    May 21, 2016 at 11:14 pm (4 years ago)

    I love making mandalas in my art journals. They feel like a relaxing, meditative circle of patterns that make a beautiful art piece. Then I like coloring them in. One of my favorite ones I painted with twinkling H2O’s it’s so sparkly! I like the idea of working through problems with them.

  7. Roc
    May 22, 2016 at 10:51 am (4 years ago)

    What a great give away! I love mandalas! The book review sounds great. I’ve never done a mandala myself but I am fascinated by them and would love to learn how to do them!

  8. Steve Kozak
    May 22, 2016 at 11:33 am (4 years ago)

    yes I have used mandalas in most of my mixed media

  9. Mary
    May 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Mandalas are back in my life after discovering Kathryn’s 100 Mandalas FB page last fall. It is such fun to learn new techniques & expand my understanding of the art of mandalas. I have ordered The Mandala Guidebook & expect it to become a favorite.

  10. wendy
    May 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm (4 years ago)

    What a fabulous giveaway! I’ve been doodling small mandalas in my art journal, but hope to really take off with them now the this book is out. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Callie Carling
    May 23, 2016 at 5:00 am (4 years ago)

    ahhhh dearest Violette, you always speak of what’s in my heart! I LOVE mandalas – the spiritual connection is so fascinating, and the fact they are such a versatile tool for art journalling, art-creation and much, MUCH more.

    Yet I, too, have been too scared of creating them … partly through fear of not creating the perfect circle, and partly because of a creative coach ridiculing me in 2015 for not doing it the way she wanted it *sigh* so those two things were enough to make me feel shy of doing more mandala work.

    However, I pre-ordered Kathryn’s Mandala book last month and cannot WAIT to get creating now, especially with mixed media messy-stuff! Thank you for sharing (and looking forward to hearing all about your bear adventures) xx

  12. Debbie
    May 23, 2016 at 5:06 am (4 years ago)

    I am new to mandalas and art journaling. When I began art journaling, I bought a weekly/monthly planner to help me remember to journal. Later I found Kathryn Costa’s Mandala Retreat and signed up. My art journal is now mixed media, Zentangle, and Mandalas! I love the mandalas so much I have gone backward to empty pages to draw more of them! I actually pre-ordered Kathryn’s book. While I was on vacation, the book arrived at home. So I cut my vacation short and went home because I just couldn’t wait any longer to see the book! I love this book!

  13. Donna
    May 23, 2016 at 5:20 am (4 years ago)

    You piqued my interest with using mandalas to solve problems and let go of fears!! I’ve colored mandalas, and then bought a compass and a square mixed media pad because I wanted to create my own. And so far… the supplies are unused. I don’t know how to start… probably the fear of doing it wrong and messy is the root of it. Strangely, I kinda liked geometry but I ordered Kathryn’s book specifically for the How to Start information. What good is a unused, pretty, and dusty sketch pad?? {lol}

  14. Dana Jones
    May 23, 2016 at 8:35 am (4 years ago)

    Hi! I’m kind of new to the art of making mandalas, but a few months ago, I stumbled upon Kathryn ‘ s 100 mandalas website, and it really changed my life. I had already gotten into Zentangle, but incorporating that art form into mandalas has brought me a mental place of peace that I can’t really put into words. I owe Kathryn a huge thanks, and a big hug. I recently started using an art journal, where I make small mandalas and other drawings that kind of help me cope with life. I can’t afford this guidebook right now, but I did download chapter 1, and that’s already a help to me. Thanks for giveaways like this one that help people like me, who ordinarily wouldn’t have access to such goodies.

  15. Lynne Bailey
    May 24, 2016 at 12:00 am (4 years ago)

    I am new to all of this: mandalas, art journals, etc. I just bought Kathryn Costa’s book and look forward to reading it and then beginning my journey with mandala creations and applying what I learn from the book.

  16. Sandy Boreen
    May 24, 2016 at 5:56 am (4 years ago)

    I love Kathryn’s book. I have incorporated mandalas into my mixed media paintings, and collage. I did an awesome turtle using a mandala on the top of the shell. Your giveaway is so generous and I would love to win it. Thank you.

  17. Maria
    May 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the review of Kathryn’s book. Love mandalas and I would love to win
    it. Thank you very much.

  18. Catherine Calvetti
    May 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

    I love to doodle and make mandalas. Just found out about you via Kathryn’s launch party. I am learning so much from her book.

  19. Dr. Angela K. Orobko
    May 24, 2016 at 1:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Hello Violette! My sister and I each have our own copies of Kathryn Costa’s book, The Mandala Guide: how to draw, paint and color expressive mandala art. And, from a more seasoned artist’s perspective (me) and a novice (my sister), we both appreciate the depth and the detail Kathryn provided. We are both inspired. I have used mandalas and circles and spirals in many of my artworks and art journals. And, now I feel I can take it to the next level with ideas from The Mandala Guide. You and Kathryn are both such inspirations to the creative world! Thank you for everything you do, sweetie! Life would be less colorful without you. With ♥ love, joy and appreciation, Dr. Angi

  20. Claire Harrison
    May 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Really does sound like a wonderful book going to have to get online one as posting is a killer to me. I have not used mandalas yet am intrigued by them & had not thought of using them in journal pages what a fab idea thanks for that 🙂

  21. Wini
    May 24, 2016 at 5:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Violette, I enjoyed reading your review! I have ordered Kathryn’s book and am waiting for it to arrive. I’m looking forward to learning some new techniques. I love drawing mandalas in my art journal/sketchbook. I find it a relaxing and meditative process. Thank you so much for the chance to win! 🙂

  22. admin
    May 24, 2016 at 7:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m adding Andria Kasky as she was unable to post a comment…..good luck Andria!

  23. Jeanette
    May 24, 2016 at 8:21 pm (4 years ago)

    I have been using mandalas in my art journal and participating in the 100 mandalas challenge since the beginning of 2015. I have a copy of the book too and really love it. Katheryn has been such an inspiration to me. Check out my gratitude art journal on my blog https://lunanista.wordpress.com/

  24. Nance Dubuc
    May 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Violette, I have been making mandala daily since Kathryn invited me to participate in the 100 mandala challenge in fall of 2014. I have Kathryn’s book and am enjoying exploring new techniques. Your giveaway is most generous. Thank you for supporting Kathryn

  25. Kathy H
    May 26, 2016 at 3:21 am (4 years ago)

    Kathryn’s book looks so inspiring. I have dabbled a bit with making a mandala but haven’t used them in my art work as yet, although I hope to. They do evoke a lot of emotion based on the colors and patterns used. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book. Someone will be very fortunate to have a copy!! Be especially blessed, Kathy H

  26. Mary Radtke
    May 26, 2016 at 9:30 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Violette, I’m just really getting started with the actual CREATING of mandalas; up until now I’ve mainly been looking at other’s work. I’m in the process of tearing apart my living room and turning it into my studio, so I actually have space to play and create. Love Kathryn Costa and have been wanting to get her book, so am grateful for the chance to win it. blessings.

  27. Brandy Gerber
    May 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm (4 years ago)

    So far I haven’t incorporated mandalas in my m.m. art but I’m intrigued at the possibilities!

  28. Jennifer Stevens
    May 27, 2016 at 8:17 am (4 years ago)

    Yay! What a fun giveaway, thanks so much for the opportunity! Love your artwork 🙂

  29. susankolovson
    May 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I have been making mandalas for years, and many of mine are beaded mandalas I made for the Bead Journal Project. I’ve also colored, collaged, used paint and glitter….I like things I make to have bling in them!

  30. pelArgoNNiA
    May 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

    What a lovely giveaway! The book sounds really interesting and your art is awesome! I’m new to mandalas. Did my first the other day when I was inspired by a Life Book lesson. I’m on vacation abroad so I couldn’t watch the video, but I was so inspired that I had to give it a try straight away! Will do the lesson properly when I come home and would also love to do some more mandalas!

  31. Mary Dean
    May 27, 2016 at 2:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I love mandalas. I have made my own and enjoy using them in art journaling. I’d love to win the coloring book. Thanks for the chance!

  32. Peggy Wilkinson
    May 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the look of mandalas, and used them once in my art. I would like to use them more, I think they add a lot of interest! This book looks great! I would love a chance to win the goodies!

  33. Lynn ann Lassen
    May 27, 2016 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

    I have done white mandalas on black paper before. very striking. colorful ones too.

  34. Jax leigh
    May 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Violette 🙂 . it sounds like a wonderfully inspirational book. I’ve colored mandalas in meditation coloring books but I have never created one myself but maybe soon I’ll be able to take the plunge and try my own hand at it.

  35. Jen
    May 27, 2016 at 10:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t used mandalas in my own artwork, but I have a couple mandala coloring books that I love coloring in.

  36. Gwenyth
    May 27, 2016 at 10:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I love mandalas and have used some in some sculpture……as symbols for chakras…..
    Mandalas are intriguing & magical.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  37. Chelsey Velilla
    May 28, 2016 at 6:08 am (4 years ago)

    Violette, thank you for sharing your goodies with us! When I lived in Virginia there was a group of Tibetan monks who would visit our little town each year and create a sand mandala for peace. It was amazing! Ever since I have used mandalas here and there in my work. One of my favorite things to do is to take a walk with my camera and capture natural mandalas in the form of flowers, leaves, rock’s, etc. Once you catch mandala fever, you see them everywhere!


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