Watch LIVE to follow along and create your OWN DIY project every week!
To make your own Vision Mandala Canvas, you will need:
1 10 x 10 Canvas
an assortment of coordinating acrylic paints
ephemera such as trinkets, jewelry, sparkly things, fabric, momentos, buttons, etc. that go with your theme
photos or scrapbook paper with images that go with your theme
decopage or modpodge glue
use your own craft and decorative art products
May 21, 2016
I want to write a syrupy sweet message of love and admiration for Kathryn Costa, as I know you would enjoy reading that as much as I would enjoy writing it, however as a book reviewer and blogger I am going to go straight to the review of her amazing new book, The Mandala Guidebook.
This book could have made a beautiful coffee table book, or an instructional text book, however the author intuitively designed it to be a companion book. It seems to have been intended to carry in your book bag with your sketch book, adult coloring books, and magazines. At least that was the impression I got when I first opened the envelope and got my hands on the much anticipated guidebook by the influential and inspiring artist, teacher, mentor and, now author, Kathryn Costa. In my book bag it has traveled since that day.
Not your typical “how to draw” book, this colorful display of fine original paintings, designs, and drawings is breathtakingly beautiful and pleasantly enjoyable to peruse, gaze upon, and admire; while doing so one may gain inspiration and motivation to develop their own artistic skills and talents.
Aesthetically pleasant to hold and read, with it’s high quality pages and mesmerizing high definition photographs, The Mandala Guidebook is full of detailed instructions and in-depth information on what an artist would need to know to navigate their own mandala discovery. Deeply personal and thoughtful, Kathryn passionately shares her insights and expertise in The Mandala Guidebook, gently coaching and offering suggestions on ways that you can express yourself while enjoying the process of facilitating any level of participation in this ancient art form.
Clever, fun, delightful, and intensive, The Mandala Guidebook is the best introduction and go to manual for artists and art lovers at any point in their personal experience. Tapping into her background in Graphic Design, and over 15 years working with mandalas, Kathryn Costa brilliantly incorporates graphic design elements and principles gifting the reader with a visual literacy. As she brings them into the conversation, talking about what they see and what they can do, Kathryn demonstrates many methods offering a wide range of styles, techniques and mediums for creating beautiful mandalas.
Mandala Guidebook Launch Party: http://bit.ly/mandaladetails
Mandala Guidebook Party Wall on Facebook: http://bit.ly/mandalaparty
I had the privilege to interview Kathryn Costa about the launch of The Mandala Guidebook on an online show that I co-host with my friend, Cindy Harrison. Sparkle and Inspire is a weekly live stream demonstration and step by step DIY class where you can watch and participate as I learn and create a decorative art project. Being a mandala artist myself, I love how we incorporate mandalas into every project. Kathryn’s influence shines through in every area of my life that has been touched by mandalas.
In the interview, Kathryn shares how she first came to know about mandalas and how she used them when she taught high school students. She explains how mandalas can create a bonding opportunity and that the idea of creating a circular design can bring people together and create community.
Kathryn describes how she was influenced by Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist who discovered the significance of mandalas through his own inner work, when she decided to challenge herself and create 100 mandalas in 100 days. She explains how that experience was the starting point that has brought her to where she is now.
View the inspiring discussion and discover how I first “met” Kathryn and learned about the 100 Mandala Challenge as well as how Cindy had the opportunity to meet Kathryn in their home state of New Hampshire in the interview below:
You have a chance to win a copy of The Mandala Guidebook by simply tweeting the hashtag! Tweet your heart out now and the person who tweets the most using this hashtag will win. The winner will be announced live on Facebook at Kathryn Costa’s Book Launch Party at 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 22nd!
Here are some sample Tweets, you can write your own or copy and paste one of these:
I want to win @100Mandalas new book #MandalaGuidebook
Tweet for a chance to win #MandalaGuidebook by Kathryn Costa @100Mandalas
I just love mandalas! #MandalaGuidebook @100Mandalas
Check out the amazing mandalas by Kathryn Costa #MandalaGuidebook
Join me in the 100 Mandala Challenge #MandalaGuidebook @100Mandalas
How I Sparkle and have been Inspired with taking Decorative Art Classes Online with Cindy Harrison
by Melissa Reyes
May 20, 2016
I have been playing around with arts and crafts most of my life, but I didn’t truly consider myself an artist until I met Cindy Harrison.
I was inspired to draw and color mandalas by Kathryn Costa, author of The Mandala Guidebook, and instigator of the 100 Mandala Challenge. I have been motivated and thoroughly enchanted with the creativity and peace that working with mandalas has brought me over the past six months.
I am an artist. I have a lot to learn, but I trust my ability and believe in my talent. Now, I have a mentor and a great friend in Cindy. We speak daily and she encourages me. We work together producing a weekly “show” on livestreaming video that is a virtual class. Anyone can watch and participate. It’s free!
Cindy and I post the supply list and details for each project about a week in advance. You can see all the details and previous episodes HERE which are currently being hosted on my website.
Sparkle and Inspire is a Free Online Art Class hosted by Internationally known Art Teacher, Cindy Harrison. Melissa Reyes is the co-host as well as the learner, who follows Cindy’s step by step instructions to create fun, usable, decorative art. Supply lists and descriptions of each project are posted online in advance so you can participate as you watch live when the show airs, or simply follow along with the video replays.
Please let me know if you would like to join us or is you have any questions.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Find all previous classes on You Tube: Sparkle and Inspire with Cindy Harrison
This is a replay of Tinsel Town Tonight with Miz Meliz! Please enjoy the live broadcast with Melissa Reyes, featuring Ross Brand! With appearances by: Cindy_Harrison , David Vaughan, Jonathan Tripp, The Audacity Coach, JP Freeman®, Jamie Iria, Colin Porter, and Craig Carpenter!