Welcome to the Mandala a Day Challenge!
In May of 2017, I began a practice of making a new mandala every day. A month-long commitment grew into a year-long commitment. I fulfilled the challenge I set myself and invited others to join me in the final month in 2019. This year, I would like to celebrate the anniversary of that completed commitment with another mandala challenge!
In this challenge, you'll be invited to make a new mandala every day, and to post your mandala into our Facebook group (and wherever else you like!).
During the month, you'll receive a weekly email with prompts for your ongoing practice, questions for reflection, and the awesome support of a community of artists who are walking alongside you in the challenge.
What you'll need...
How you make your mandalas is entirely up to you!
Some basic art supplies might include:
- Surfaces to work on... I use a range of different journals and choose what feels good on the day.
- Mediums... I have a kit with watercolour paints (koh i noor 'brilliants'), water brushes, markers, pencils, oil pastels, soft pastels, ink pens, charcoal, acrylic paint.
- Things to make circles... compass, protractor, bowls, plates, saucepan lids. What else can you think of?
- You might also choose to make nature mandalas, photograph mandalas you find in your daily adventures, movement mandalas, collage mandalas, installations... as long as there is a basic circle giving context to your artwork, and you can post a photo online.
- A camera or phone to photograph your creation and post to the Facebook group each day.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What if I miss a day?
Doing something every day for a month can feel huge for those of us who struggle with commitment. It brings up all kinds of fears and concerns. In this space, I invite you to accept what is, and keep showing up. So, if you miss a day, notice that you've missed a day. And then show up and start again. Like meditation practice... we set an intention to sit. We notice our minds have wandered, and we bring them back to the practice. So, you may miss a day. You may miss a week. Notice, and start again! Keep being present for whatever emerges. And remember self care and self compassion. If you want to go deeper, you might notice that you've missed a day, pay attention to what gets in the way of your practice, then show up and start again.
What is the time commitment?
It's really up to you how long you spend. Some days I spend hours on one mandala. Other days, particularly if I'm very tired, I set an alarm and make sure I complete it in ten minutes. I encourage self care in this practice... Showing up to the page to create art every day can feel like a stretch, so make sure you're doing it in a way that feels nourishing for you.
What materials will I need?
You can create your mandalas with anything... pencils, pastels, paints, collage, photography, digital art. I've made some of mine in tiny journals or on massive pieces of card. You might choose to take your inner artist shopping, or use what you have already.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will you be teaching traditional mandala techniques?
This practice is very much about following the inner impulse in the moment, exploring the process of creation with curiosity and trusting in the emerging artwork. I'm not teaching a particular style, but will encourage you to find your unique expression.
I think I need extra support... What do I do?
Sometimes engaging in creative process can bring up some layers of experience for healing. If you're finding that you need some extra support, I am available for individual arts therapies sessions. You can find out more at my website: www.cocooncreativeartstherapies.com.au