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October Mandala Challenge

This month’s mandala challenge is inspired by the beautiful colors of the Arteza fineliner pens and my fascination with chakras.

Get the contest details and watch me draw chakra mini mandala art in my journal in this quick six minute video.

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How to Enter

  1. Draw a Mandala – Create one mandala or fill a page with several like I did in my journal, see video.
  2. Any Style – You may draw your mandala freehand, geometric design, or chakra inspired. Get creative and have fun!
  3. Only Colored Pens – No black pens. Use one color like I did in the video or have fun trying out different color combinations. There are many pen options like the fineliners that I used in the video, gel pens, even ball point pens.
  4. Outline Only – No coloring, blending, etc.
  5. Photograph or Scan your entry.
  6. Post in the Sharing Circle by October 31, 2018.
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Prize & Coupon

One winner will be randomly drawn to receive a set of 48 fineliner water-based pens from Arteza.

Get 10% off Arteza Products using the coupon code* 100Mandalas1, valid until November 2, 2018.

Here are some of my favorite Arteza products to use for drawing mandalas.

Learn How to Draw Mandalas

*AFFILIATE COMMISSIONS: Please note that I am an Arteza affiliate and get a commission on all purchases made using the links above and the coupon code. The commissions that I receive support the work of Kathryn Costa, 100 Mandalas and True North Arts. Commission revenue is used to purchase future prizes and/or to use for demos and lessons. Thank you for your support!

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

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July Mandala Challenge – Pattern Play

Mandalas with all of their shapes and spaces lend themselves well for drawing repeating patterns. In this challenge, Kathryn Costa invites you to play with the design principle, repetition. Watch this quick video to see examples of how patterns can easily add detail and beauty to your mandalas.

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How to Enter

  1. Draw a mandala.
    You may also use one of the many coloring pages found in the members library of the Sharing Circle. Be sure to select a mandala with lots of open spaces.
    Get your entry counted twice if you create a mandala from the Drawing I course.
  2. Fill the mandala with repeating patterns. Color is encouraged.
  3. Scan or photograph your art.
  4. Post your entry in the Sharing Circle. It’s a free membership website for mandala enthusiasts. Join Here.

    Deadline to enter is July 31, 2018.
    Winner will be announced August 8, 2018.

  5. No limit to the number of entries.See Contest Rules

Prize

One person will be randomly selected to win a copy of The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler

Related Links

The Mandala Guidebook – Refer to chapter 4 for pattern ideas.

Mandala Drawing I – Learn how to draw the mandalas featured in this video. 10 video lessons under 10 minutes each. Perfect for those who are just beginning, experienced mandala makers looking for more mandala design options, and tangle enthusiasts in search of a drawing practice that compliments their love for pattern play.

Color I Course – If your color confidence is low, this color course gives you an introduction to creating color harmony. Includes product demos to learn how to use a variety of mediums popular among mandala enthusiasts.

The Zentangle® Method

My Favorite Supplies

Here is a short list of my favorite supplies and the one’s that I used to create the mandalas that you see in the video.

Note: These links will take you to Amazon where I’m an affiliate. I receive a small commission for each sale at no extra charge to you. Your purchases help support the work of this site and provides art supplies for demos and prizes.

Drawing Mandalas

Compass

Coloring Mandalas

Faber-Castell Pitt Pens – India Ink

TomBow – Water-based brush pens

Spectrum Noir – Alcohol markers

Micron Fineliners

Marvy LePen Fineliners

Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen – My favorite white gel pen. The broad point works best.

Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils

Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Gamsol

Blending Stumps (aka Tortillons)

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May Mandala Challenge

I’m often asked where I get all of my ideas. For this month’s challenge, I thought I would show you how I take inspiration and turn it into my own unique mandala art. The theme this month is Mexican Inspired Mandalas.

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Here is a look at my design notes inspired by pieces of Mexican folk art.

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Here you can see how I applied the design elements to a final mandala design.

Watch the quick 4 minute video to get the contest details and to see the fabulous prizes donated by our mandala sister, Mary-Anne Betrand Schoenike.

I can’t wait to see the colors, shapes, and patterns that will show up in your Mexican inspired mandala art this month!

~ Kathryn Costa

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Challenge Details

  • Create a mandala inspired by Mexican folk art.
  • For inspiration check out my Mexican Art board on Pinterest.
  • Post a photo or scan of your mandala in the Sharing Circle.
  • Not a member? Join the Sharing Circle. It’s Free!
  • Deadline to enter is May 28, 2018 at midnight, EST.
  • One winner will be randomly selected to win the prize package of assorted Mexican gifts.