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November Mandala Challenge – Dandelion Mandalas

For this month’s challenge I invited fellow mandala artist and teacher Louise Gale to share with us a project from her newest book, “Botanical Mandalas.”

The video above includes:

  • Interview with Louise Gale about mandalas, nature, and the featured project.
  • Louise and Kathryn share their dandelion stories.
  • Step-by-Step demonstration to create your own Dandelion Mandala.
  • Contest details


Dandelion Wisdom

  • Did you know that dandelions grow in every continent?
  • What’s your dandelion story?
  • The sunny dandelion is a fire element and relates to the solar plexus chakra which is about inner strength, courage, clarity, and cheerfulness.
  • Ask yourself, “What area of my life needs a light on it? Or perhaps a little warmth?”
  • The dandelion in the white, puffy, seed state is related to the air element. Air is about our mental state. Every thought is an intention with a vibration that doesn’t stay in your head! Like the dandelion seeds that float far and wide, the vibration of our thoughts travels far and wide. Check in and notice the quality of your thoughts. Are they filled with worry and anxiety? If so, shift to a higher, positive frequency by focusing on what you’re grateful for.

Contest Details

  • Download the Dandelion Mandala Project.
  • Create a dandelion mandala inspired by Louise Gale’s lesson.
  • Photograph or scan your mandala.
  • Post your entry in the Sharing Circle.
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  • Include your “three wishes” when posting your contest entry.
  • You may create as many dandelion mandalas as you’d like. Try out different mediums, backgrounds, and design elements. Be inspired by the various stages of the dandelion from bud, to bloom, to a puff ball of seeds.
  • Post your mandalas on or before November 30, 2018.
  • One lucky winner will be randomly selected to get a copy of Louise Gale’s book, “Botanical Mandalas.

Special thanks to my dear friend Claudia Gray whose photography and friendship continues to inspire my creative and soulful journey. Her fascination for dandelions added to my dandelion story!


About Louise Gale

Louise Gale is a British mixed media artist and author of the book ‘Botanical Mandalas’. She creates in her art studio which is on the south coast of Spain overlooking the sea, tiny fishing boats and the Moroccan coastline in the distance. Louise loves to combine the healing power of nature with the meditative process of mandala creating which result in her beautiful Botanical Mandala designs.

Louise believes that nature is our medicine which helps us reconnect with our true selves. Her art is constantly inspired by the beauty that surrounds her in the natural world. So when she is not in her studio creating, hosting online classes or working with other creative people, you can find her on the beach collecting inspiration and putting her bare feet into the sand.

Louise’s work has been published in the New York Times and she has contributed to many books and magazine articles where she shares her creative processes and love for nature, mandalas and color. She also has a permanent art collection called ‘Sew Hoboken’ at the Hoboken Historical Museum in New Jersey, USA.

Learn more about the book here:

Connect with Louise’s art and online classes here:

2 thoughts on “November Mandala Challenge – Dandelion Mandalas”

  1. This was a delightful interview Kathryn. You and Louise seemed to bounce off each other, and the passion you share for art and mandalas was palpable. I remember seeing her on a seminar series you introduced us to some months ago now, and I have kept my eye on what she has been doing. There was something about her, her relationship with nature and her art that clicked with me…so much so that I signed up for her Botanical Mandalas 2nd class. I haven’t had the time to delve into it yet….too busy with chakras 😉…
    I will have to have a go at the ‘Dandelion’ mandala….✍🏻😊


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