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It is fun to concentrate on one art form for a certain length of time to see how it sparks your creativity and brings differences to each one. This is a 30 Day Creative Journey centering on Mandalas, The Circle of Life. Using the Mandala framework, create your own interpretations and experience your inner art flowing outward.
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  • 1. Mandalas – The Circle of Life A 30 Day Creative Journey ART – DAY BY DAY BY ROSEMARY SCHRAM
  • 2. “A MANDALA IS A CIRCULAR DESIGN THAT GROWS OUT OF THE URGE TO KNOW ONESELF AND ONE’S PLACE IN THE COSMOS.” COLORING MANDALAS 2 BY SUSANNE F FINCHER THE REASON WE ARE DRAWN TO MANDALAS IS BECAUSE THEY EXPRESS OUR COMPLETENESS AND INVITE US TO EXPERIENCE OURSELVES AS A WHOLE BEING. Whereas the CONSCIOUS MIND uses words to categorize and define objects and experiences, the UNCONSCIOUS MIND deals in images and symbols that generate various kinds of sensations and perceptions. Take a circle pattern or draw around a plate to make one. Use that pattern to create a different mandala every day for a month. Use different shapes, sizes, colors, combinations, all within the confines of a circle. Don’t plan what to make. Let it flow organically from the inside out. See what inspiration and creativity emerges. That is a 30-Day Mandala Challenge.
  • 3. A MANDALA LIKE THIS CAN TELL A STORY WITH PERSONAL SYMBOLS THAT HAVE BEEN EMBEDDED IN IT. CAREFULLY CHOSEN COLORS ALSO ADD TO THE EFFECT OF THE STORY.
  • 4. VIEW YOUR MANDALA AS IF IT HAS SECTIONS WHEN YOU ARE DESIGNING IT. THINK OF ADDING A BORDER JUST INSIDE THE CIRCLE TO CREATE A BOUNDARY.
  • 5. USE IMAGES IN YOUR MANDALA THAT HAVE A SPECIAL MEANING TO YOU.
  • 6. REPEATING SHAPES CAN ADD MOVEMENT WHEN THEY ARE DELIBERATELY PLACED.
  • 7. TRY VARYING THE INTENSITY OF YOUR COLORS AND INCLUDE SOME SHADED AREAS.
  • 8. IN A MANDALA, IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO ESTABLISH A CENTER POINT. SYMMETRICAL SHAPES BRING BALANCE TO YOUR CIRCLE.
  • 9. ADDING A SQUARE WITHIN YOUR CIRCLE DENOTES STABILITY AND A FIRM FOUNDATION.
  • 10. NATURE MANDALAS SHOW US THAT WE ARE INTERCONNECTED WITH ALL LIVING THINGS.
  • 11. COULD THIS BE A LADDER YOU RAISE TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR HOPES & DREAMS?
  • 12. DOES YOUR IMAGE CONJURE UP A TITLE OR EXPLANATION? MAYBE IT HAS A MESSAGE FOR YOU.
  • 13. USE YOUR SURROUNDINGS FOR INSPIRATION. LOOK OUTSIDE. WHAT DO YOU SEE?
  • 14. GEOMETRIC SHAPES TAKE ON A COMPLETELY NEW LOOK WHEN YOU CREATE THEM AS 3-D IMAGES.
  • 15. THIS MANDALA WAS DONE BY JUST CHOOSING COLORS AND RANDOMLY COLORING SPACES. WHEN FINISHED, I SAW ANGELS. DO YOU?
  • 16. TRY A LINE DRAWING INSIDE A SPACE OUTLINED BY DIFFERENT COLORS. TURN YOUR DRAWING AROUND AND YOU MAY FIND SOMETHING UNEXPECTED IN IT LIKE I DID.
  • 17. USING EVEN #’S OF SHAPES SUGGESTS BALANCE, HARMONY AND COMPLETION.
  • 18. NATURE MANDALAS HELP US TO RECONNECT WITH THE ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE OF SELF-AWARENESS, SIMPLICITY AND PEACE.
  • 19. TRIANGLES SYMBOLIZE GOALS, DREAMS, VISIONS AND SELF-DISCOVERY. TRY INCLUDING SOME OF THEM IN YOUR MANDALA.
  • 20. THIS SHOWS A COMBINATION OF SHAPES WITH EVEN #’S (10) AND ODD #’S (5). EVEN #’S SUGGEST BALANCE, HARMONY, AND COMPLETION. ODD #’S INDICATE ENERGY, MOVEMENT, AND CHANGE.
  • 21. CIRCLES REPRESENTS THE ENDLESS CYCLE OF LIFE, WITH NO BEGINNING AND NO ENDING. HERE ARE CIRCLES WITHIN A CIRCLE. NOTICE THE PATTERNS WITHIN THAT COULD BE CONTINUED OUTSIDE OF EACH SMALL CIRCLE.
  • 22. A SPIRAL IS A SIGN OF GROWTH & CHANGE. IT’S A VARIATION OF A CIRCLE THAT CONTINUES BY COMING TO THE SAME POINT AGAIN & AGAIN BUT AT A NEW LEVEL AND WITH A NEW PERSPECTIVE.
  • 23. THE SYMMETRY OF THESE GEOMETRIC SHAPES SUGGESTS ORDER. THE 8 REPEATING SHAPES INDICATES BALANCE, WHICH IS ALSO ACHIEVED WITH COLOR.
  • 24. DOORS ARE UNIVERSAL SYMBOLS OF PASSAGE AND CAN BE EXITS OR ENTRANCES. THE SHAPES ARE IN GROUPS OF 7. THAT IS A SPIRITUAL NUMBER SO THE DOOR MAY BE VIEWED WITHIN THAT CONTEXT.
  • 25. JAGGED LINES CAN ADD MOVEMENT AND INTENSITY. ALSO, TRY USING A COMBINATION OF LIGHTER AND DARKER COLOR TONES.
  • 26. ADD DIMENSION TO YOUR MANDALA WITH 3-D GEOMETRIC SHAPES AND BY VARYING THE COLOR SATURATION.
  • 27. NOTICE THE COLOR AND SHAPE PATTERNS IN THIS MANDALA. PATTERNS ARE IMPORTANT. WE REMEMBER THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE ORDERLY AND AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF ORDER IS THAT IT’S PREDICTABLE.
  • 28. THIS IMAGE JUST SEEMED TO APPEAR OUT OF AN IMAGE OF A ROAD TRIP.
  • 29. YOU CAN NEST SHAPES TO MAKES ONE DOMINATE LAYERED IMAGE.
  • 30. SPIRALS SHOW GROWTH, CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION. LOOK WHAT IT “BIRTHED.” A DRAGONFLY IS ALSO A SYMBOL OF TRANSFORMATION.
  • 31. NATURE IS THE CREATIVE LIFE FORCE FOUND ALL AROUND US. IT HELPS US EXPERIENCE A HARMONIOUS SENSE OF BEING.
  • 32. IF TRIANGLES REPRESENT OUR HOPES AND DREAMS, THIS SHOWS THEM AS A SEA OF POSSIBILITIES THAT ARE ALL WITHIN OUR REACH.
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