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Join me this July for 31 days of Mindful Mandala Drawing – Start your day calm

Recently I ran two Mindful Mandala Drawing Workshops in Spain they were very successful. Everyone that took part enjoyed themselves and I thought it would be fun to host  #31mandalas2016 starting on Friday 1st July. 

We all need time out, I find Mindful Mandala Drawing helps calm my mind and helps me relax.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Time, 15 – 30 mins a day
  • Square of paper and a pen
  • Cup of tea (or what every you fancy)
  • Music (optional)

WHAT YOU DO NOT NEED

  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Eraser / rubber
  • Perfection not needed.

Of course you can draw a Mandala with the help of these things, but for the purpose of this challenge you don’t.

REMEMBER

  • It’s not about the end result but the proses of growing your Mandala
  • If you make a mistake carry on, Please don’t start again, even if you think it’s all going wrong – Trust me on this
  • Enjoy yourself
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Start by drawing a circle in the centre of your paper. ( This is your seed from where your Mandala will grow)
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Add your 1st shape
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Then do the same again
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Keep adding shapes
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Turning the paper when drawing helps
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If it goes wonky that does not matter,it’s about the proses of growing your Mandala.
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Add more shapes
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Add detail (try not to over think just go with the flow)

 

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Keep going until your time is up or you feel you have come to the end. Yay you have drawn your 1st Mindful Mandala

If you have any questions please ask me. Find me on Facebook and share your Mandala on Instagram with #31mandalas2016

Look forward to seeing your Mandalas

Amanda Claire Designs

 

 

Mindful Mandala Drawing, Spain, Hula-hoops and my first solo travel adventure 

I am lucky to be spending 3 weeks in Spain, I am going on an adventure. I get to paint and draw, and see new and wonderful things, to be honest I am more than excited, just need to get away and when I return I will be ready for the next part of my creative life.Time to get my Etsy shop and website up and running and put 100% in to my business. I am an artist and that is my future. Where it takes me who knows but I am ready.

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My art kit, for my adventure.

I am spending 4 days in Barcelona with my lovely friend we will be celebrating my birthday, I love Barcelona it’s so beautiful and vibrant and of course filled with the beautiful architecture of Gaudi

Then of to a beautiful mansion to attend the Spanish Hoop holiday,it’s an hour from Girona in the middle of know where and it’s so amazing, time to recharge my batteries.¬†I will be hula-hooping , swimming in a pool and just relaxing and enjoying being with my hoopy friends from far and wide, and meeting new ones.

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This wonderful photo taken by the very talented Joshua Smythe says it all.

I will be running my 1st Mindful Mandala Drawing Workshop , it’s very special to me to be going back there as 3 years ago I ran my 1st Mandala drawing workshop , I was so nervous but if I had not taken that step I¬†doubt¬†my love of Mandalas and the benefits of drawing then would have evolved to what it is now.

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Mindful Mandala Drawing

Writing this post and reflecting back I have achieved loads over the last 3 years, personally I have become calmer ,happier and able to deal with situations in a more relaxed way. But the big thing is I like myself and being in my own company,my creative side has bloomed and now could not imagine my life with out daily creativity.

I had some postcards printed  to take with me and sell,its fantastic seeing my designs in print so pleased how they turned out.

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Very happy with my postcards

 

After the week with my friends I leave them to travel to Granada, this will be the 1st solo traveling I have ever done. I need to do this as I want to travel alone have adventures, draw and explore , sit and sketch people and take in the surroundings at my pace. I have time to think and make plans, set goals and draw.

I have been away when I was 17 me and 2 friends went inter-railing for a month, ended up in the Greek islands.  When my son was 9 we went to Thailand, for a month with friends. I visit France regally

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Me and Sunny in Koh Pha Ngan 2000
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Me and my lovely Sunny having lunch in the sunshine 2016

So at the age of 46 (as of next week) I will be traveling to Granada , I am so excited, scared  all rolled into one.I have been practicing my Spanish for quite a while now and am ready to practice for real, I understand stuff but need to get the confidence to speak it.

I have found my self a lovely room in an apartment through Airbnb and will be spending a week there getting to know Granada I have booked a ticket for the Alhambra and have my art kit ready

When I leave Granada I am flying back via Paris a place I have only been very briefly when I was inte-railing , we left the station to get coffee and then got back on the train only staying in Paris for an hour. I will be spending 2 days there with a friend who will be showing me around it will be a lovely end to a fantastic holiday.

So here I go on the next chapter of my life, my sons grown up and living in his own place, working and doing his thing.(He is a very good artist very different from me lol) Now its time for me, I look forward to sharing my experience of my adventure when I return.

You can follow my Daily People Sketching and other drawing of my trip on Instagram 

Thank you for reading this ūüôā

Change, taking a leap and Sofa-doodles

I am very behind with my blog posts, it’s something I find hard to do, or do I make it harder on my self by overthinking.. Mmm let me think about that.

At the end of last year I had made plans and had some sort of idea of what  I was going to be doing in 2016, at the beginning of the year it all that changed.

The job that paid my bills and allowed me the time to establish my self as an artist, was taking its toll on my mental wellbeing , I noticed I was becoming sad and the things I was experiencing at work where playing on my mind, then one Sunday after a particularly hard shift I broke down and cried.

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Calm you mind – Draw a Mandala

I knew then it was time to change, I was signed of for stress at work. I knew if I had carried on I would have had a break down and that would impact my life dramatically, 3 months on and I am no longer doing that job. I have realised that in life things just happen,sometimes they don’t impact much but other times it changes everything,¬†first it throws you into turmoil but once you look at the bigger picture and realise it’s time to take that leap of faith and make your dreams reality. So I am leaping, not landed yet but I know the ground is there.

During the last few months I realised for me how creativity and good mental well-being go hand-in-hand and how important my art has been in supporting me through this topsy-turvy time. I found my self sitting on the sofa and just drawing in my sketchbook I call them my sofa doodles. Half the time I would be drawing before I had even realised but it helped calm my mind and relaxes me.

 

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Sunday morning sofa doodles

 

 

 

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More flowery sofa doodles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been meditating on and off for over a year and know the benefits but decided that i at this time it was important for me so I have the Headspace app and now do this daily and it helps me loads.

Daily practice is key as even through all of this I have still kept up my daily drawing and this year its¬†sketching people, I was quite daunted at first but unlike last year I¬†have given my self up to an hour a day, it’s now part of my day, my confidence in sketching people has improved, ¬†even been to life drawing classes,first time for years.

My plans have been altered,but change is good and I am going with the flow  with a smile on my face and with a happy heart I take my next steps. If I get a bit lost on the way I have the support of family and friends, and my online creative network is wonderfully supportive and helpful.

So look out world I am here and will finally be setting up my Etsy shop over the next few weeks. Staring with prints of my work, this is the next big step for me of getting my art out there.

 

Thank you

Amanda Claire Designs

 

 

 

2015 the year I completed my 1st Daily Drawing Challenge!

YAY, WHOOP and WOW feeling a massive sense of achievement. Today I finished my 1st yearlong daily drawing challenge. I chose to finish the year drawing a Mandala,with my favourite pen my Lamy.

Time for a little dance!

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2015 has been a truly creative year, its good to reflect and acknowledge your achievements.For me it was drawing something everyday and posting it online.When I started this challenge I did not realise how much it would change things, so I wanted to share with you things I have discovered through out the year.

Key things I have discovered this year

I LOVE BEING AN ARTIST I know this is my life, Its not the easiest route to take but I love a challenge and most of all I am proud to call my self an artist. I just love drawing so much.

CONFIDENCE¬†‚Äď Improved 100% as an artist and on a personal level.

ABILITYI have drawn things this year I have never drawn before,and really enjoyed discovering with practice I can draw anything.

LEARNINGРI love learning and have finally getting to grips with Ps.Had sewing classes learnt to use my sewing machine, so much fun. Also learning Spanish and French,a little every day slowly improving.

PRACTICE– this is the one thing that only you can do, its all about the practice, the more you do something the better you get.It really is that simple.

PASSIONMaking art, experimenting, having fun just being me the artist, the happiest I have been for a long time. Not worrying what other people might think of it but just enjoying the proses. some will like your art and some wont,its not a problem its just the way it is.

TIMEРHave been getting more organised so I have time to make art and learn. I have got much better but know I can improve,being organised suits me. Oh how times have changed!

SOFA -DOODLES– I just love sitting on the sofa with my sketchbook and just drawing whatever I feel like, I let my pen wander and just relax, creative meditation

SKETCHBOOK Use them everyday, I love my sketchbooks they are my place to play and explore, and I never leave home without one. Its good to look back and discover sketches and then rework them, this year I have filled over 7.

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ONLINE COMMUNITY  I am lucky to have found an amazing online community of artist,designers,illustrators and surface pattern designs. we are from all over the world but we all support and help each other on our creative journeys.

Most of all when we put our minds to it we can achieve anything we want to.

As I enjoyed it so much I have decided to challenge myself in 2016 with Daily People Sketching

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I found this wonderful blog post with 10 Tips for How to Sketch People

The one fear I want to overcome is sketching people; I have always seen and admired artists sitting in a café, sketching people, so this year I will embrace this fear and go for it.At the end of May I am off traveling for 2 months in Europe when I am away my  goal  is that I will be confident enough to sit in a café and sketch people. I have said it now,its out there.

I will give myself a time limit of up to an hour a day,use any medium.I have called it sketching as this is not about producing a finished drawing everyday but about me learning, looking and finally understanding the human form and how to capture it.

So you can follow me on Instagram , Facebook  and Twitter and see how I get on.

A big THANK YOU for all your lovely comments over this year,it spurs you on and helps you to continue and not to give up.

I would highly recommend taking up a daily challenge for a year, its so worth doing.

 

 

Join me this November and try a 30-day daily drawing Challenge

I would like to invite you to join me on your very own drawing challenge this November and see why I recommend adding the commitment to daily drawing in your life.

With only 100 days left of my year-long daily drawing challenge and I decided to share with you some of the things I have noticed since taking up this challenge and how you can challenge your creative side.

I sat at my desk the other morning and took time to sit and look at the space around me and felt so proud as I love my Studio in the Sky it was only created in October last year but it feels like it’s always been here I cried not because I was sad but because I was happy. My confidence in my drawing is like nothing I’ve ever felt before I know that a lot of this is down committing to the daily drawing challenge this year and it‚Äôs not even over yet. I feel so creatively fulfilled and I am excited to see where the last 100 days of this year will take me.

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I believe being creative every-day and making it part of your day is so important. Because I feel so strongly about daily creativity and how it’s made me feel I want to share it with people and I want people to understand and try it for themselves, and experience how daily creativity is so worthwhile and all its many benefits.

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  • CONFIDENCE ‚Äď This is what has surprised me so much, it’s not just the confidence in my drawing my overall confidence has grown 100%. This has been noticed by others people to. I feel confident to call myself an artist.
  • DRAWING SKILLS ‚Äď It’s really true what they say the more you do something the better you get. I experiment more with ideas and draw things I have never drawn before. I really enjoy drawing and if the subject is out of my comfort zone, I just give it a go and see what happens; some times the end results can be quite surprising.


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  • YOU CAN FIND THE TIME ‚Äď If you really want to you can find the time, you can just set your self a time limit that you spend on the drawing ‚Äď we can all find 30 minutes in a day. It’s important to take time for ourselves its good for our mental wellbeing by taking 30 mins to sit and draw or doodle, is a form of meditation it helps calm the mind and is relaxing.
  • THINGS YOU LEARN ‚Äď Not everyone will like your work and that‚Äôs ok, you can‚Äôt please everyone.Sometimes I have posted a drawing online and I am really not happy with it but it will get the most likes. The ones you think are really good don‚Äôt get so much response. So now I don‚Äôt worry and I enjoy making it and if it’s liked it a bonus.I realize that the process of making the art is as important as the finished piece. When I stopped thinking what it would look like and started enjoying making the art, experimenting with materials, drawing new things I find the art I make now much more exciting.

I really recommend reading: Steal Like An Artist (10 things nobody told you about being creative.) BY AUSTIN KLEON

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I have read it a few times is an easy read and makes a lot of sense and opened the door to a new world of creative possibilities

  • SKETCHBOOKS ‚Äď Have them and use them, I could not be with out mine and have been using them for over 20 yrs. They are a place where you are free to do what ever you like; you don‚Äôt have to show anyone.So far this year I have filled over 6 books. They are so important as when you‚Äôre feeling a bit uninspired you can grab a few and flick through the pages, I guarantee you will find something that you have done that will get your inspiration flowing again.

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Starting with a 30-day challenge is a great way to get a feel of what daily drawing is and how it is a reachable goal. Last November I set my self a 30-day challenge to draw my houseplants. It was good fun but scary as I had committed myself and posted online that I would be doing this, but I completed it and was very pleased with myself. This then helped me to decide to commit to a year-long drawing challenge.

So join me this November and try a 30-day daily drawing challenge. It will have a winter theme and I will put together a list, which I will share a few weeks before it starts.

This is open for anyone to join any age or artistic ability it’s about having fun and reconnecting with your creative side.You may know a friend that might benefit from trying this daily drawing challenge. Please pass on this post or tell them about it.

If you would like to ask any questions please send me a message on here or my Facebook page Amanda Claire Designs or email me amandaclairedesigns@yahoo.co.uk and I will be happy to answer them.

If you would like to join in November’s Daily Drawing Challenge and share your drawings We will be posting¬†drawings on Instagram, adding this tag to you pictures #Novemberdailydrawing2015¬†¬† as I would love to see how you are getting on.

Daily drawing has brought so many benefits to my creativity and can for anyone. JOIN ME! I look forward to sharing.

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My trip to France, Daily Drawing and Inspiration. 

I have decided that my blog lacked something it was frankly a bit boring. The way I documented my daily drawing was uninspiring and that is not what I get from this year-long challenge, I am in fact,finding it very inspiring and empowering its helped my confidence in artistic ability, I am drawing new things trying different mediums and actually enjoying the daily proses, 6 months in and it become part of my day.

As I have said before I only found my creative purpose just over a year ago and for the 1st time in my life when someone asks me what I do, I get such a buzz saying I am an artist!! So leaving for France was so exciting as I was going there with artists eyes.

I put together a simple art materials kit to take with me.
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I always feel so relaxed when I go there it’s so beautiful, being surrounded by nature is such an inspiration, new sounds smells sights, it’s a fantastic feast to the senses.

So I have decided to share photos of my trip and few of my daily drawings.
I have lovely friends who live in the¬†beautiful village Auzas situated in the Midi¬†Pyrenees in France, I¬†have known them 20 yrs. they moved over about 5 yrs ago with their 3 young kids to what was a cow shed,with plenty of hard work and Harry’s carpentry skills it’s now, a stunning home. I visit regularly,I always feel very at home¬†and enjoy myself laugh a lot,walk loads,hang out with the kids, and relax.¬†I enjoy going on the school run , no cars just amazing scenery I love mountains they truly do have such a prescience in the landscape and change all year around.

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I¬†have been over to visit all different ¬†times of the year so was excited to see how the countryside looked in May, the answer to that was oh so green so many different shades, lush would be a good word to sum up how it looked. You can’t help feeling creative in such a stunning place.

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I love the view from the balcony, so many birds and bird song it was amazing, makes a change from listening to seagulls and the sounds of delivery vans first thing in the morning.

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Just a few of my photos as you can see its a beautiful place, even Aider loves to relax in the morning sun. I fell in love with roses while I was away and want a deep red climbing rose for my balcony, just so beautiful.

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I have always had a great love of trees, ever since I was a child I just enjoyed being in the woods. I climbed them, sat underneath them and from time to time I hug them.

My friends have some beautiful trees growing in their garden its great to see how much they have grown over the last few years,walking underneath them gives my a great feeling of calm. So I decided to paint a tree for my daily challenge, the sun was shining the sky was blue, which equals a very relaxing afternoon painting leaves.

I love the architecture in France and while sitting outside a bar in Saint Gauden I just had to start drawing the beautiful metalwork on the balcony of the building nearby .

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I realise that I must travel more and see and experience different place I realise how important visual stimulus is to being creative and how important keeping sketchbooks taking photos is for the design proses.

10502368_681963981932145_6267288878467472134_nSo I hope you have enjoyed, this blog update and its taken a while to come together, as since returning from France I¬†had been making the decorations for my friends Glitter Wedding!! ( that’s¬†another blog post ūüôā )

Week 17, 18 and 19 of My World Drawing Challenge

Yay, feeling very excited, finally caught up with my blog!!! In the morning I fly to South of France to visit my lovely friends the Rubythons.. Just under 2 weeks away¬†oh bliss!! ūüôā My daily drawing will definitely have a French feel over the next few weeks, so excited , I¬†will be drawing loads and taking time out, the only thing I have to do is upload my daily drawings.

So here are the last 3 weeks of my daily drawings, I will be re-writing goals while I am away, keeping up and enhancing my blog will be on the top of my list.

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Week 14, 15 and 16 – My World Drawing Challenge!

Well I have made it to and passed my 1st 100 days.. Yay me!!! feeling very pleased.

Really enjoy re-looking at the art I created over the last 100 days, getting a great body of work to use and improve and take further, so many ideas. I am also finding that I am drawing more and being more experimentally pushing my self, seeing this more in my pattern designs to. Loving the progress I have made over the past year, in my art and confidence and realising how important having a creative life is.Looking forward to seeing what happens in another years time, life is exciting.

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