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

 

 

My World Drawing Challenge – Week 1 Roundup :)

Wow what a creative start to 2015, what with my drawing challenge, setting up my Facebook page Amanda Claire Designs , and taking part in Lilla Rogers Bootcamp, so glad i joined Bootcamp is going to be an amazing experience and will expand my portfolio and get me out of my comfort zone.

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http://lillarogers.com/school/assignment-bootcamp/

So it all go for me and I love it. Being creative on a daily basis is now part of my life, I feel invigorated and excited about this year. I have the wonderful support from friends and family and my fellow pattern makes from around the world, the online groups I am with are fantastic, we help and support and share our knowledge and ideas, in a positive way. 🙂

I have set myself a few personal goals with my drawing challenge, and from my drawings I will be creating patterns on a monthly basis,  drawing things I don’t normally do and doing it every day.

Day1- How I Start My Day- painted in gouache
Day 1 How I Start My Day- painted in gouache
My Coffeepot- I love coffee and am trying not to drink so much- but its hard as i love it :) - Lamy pen and fineliners
My Coffeepot- I love coffee and am trying not to drink so much but its hard as i love it 🙂 – Lamy pen and fineliners
I really do love my coffeepot, going to be making patterns from these drawings.- Lamy pen
I really do love my coffeepot, going to be making patterns from these drawings.- Lamy pen
I have had this Coil-pot over 25 years it was made for me when i was at art college- Lamy pen and fineliners.
I have had this Coil-pot over 25 years it was made for me when I was at art college Lamy pen and fineliners.
I have an amazing view from my desk at home and have decided i need to draw it more, so here is the 1st, of many :) - watercolour, pencil
I have an amazing view from my desk at home and have decided I need to draw it more, so here is the 1st, of many 🙂 – watercolour, pencil and fineliner
The sky was so beautiful, my attempt at capturing it, :) watercolour, pencil
The sky was so beautiful, my attempt at capturing it, 🙂 watercolour, pencil
I collect bit and pieces, i call it my treasure, I have had this years and in the summer i used it to keep sweetpeas in and it looked lovely ,pencil and lamy pen
I collect bit and pieces, i call it my treasure, I have had this years and in the summer I used it to keep sweet peas in and it looked lovely ,pencil and lamy pen

Well that’s a roundup of my first week. I love to draw and I know that practice is the key, the more you do it the better you get,and for me it makes me happy. I have a few other resolutions which so far are going well.

1. Drink warm lemon first thing.

2. Meditate for 10 mins or more a day

3. Be more mindful of what I eat

4. I am not drinking alcohol for January, but truthfully I would like to stop all together, I day at a time 🙂

Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoy my drawings and follow me over the year on my journey.  🙂

Day 13 Houseplant Drawing Challenge

I have found out this plant is called Pilea Peperomioides- the coin plant.
I am so glad I am keeping up with this challenge, a few times I have thought I would leave it today,but a voice inside spurred me on and once I start I just naturally get into the drawing. It’s helping my design work and it’s true what they say the more you practice the better you get..
This is one of the most creative and productive times of my life and I love it, so happy 😊

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Lamy Pen and Watercolour

Day 10 – Houseplant Drawing Challenge – My Little Money Plant

Had a great day today, its week 3 of  the course and I am loving it, so much to do but its all good, managing my time well to do all the creative exercises, being creative every day this much is just magical. I feel very blessed that I have the chance to follow my dreams. 🙂

I seem to be doing this challenge later on in the day which is fine but think mornings might be better. So this plant was given to me by a friend a while ago and I have taken off leaves to create the shape its growing now. All the leaves I took off I have stuck in soil and have grown into new plants 🙂

One of my favourite plants
One of my favourite plants

 

Pencil Drawings
Pencil Drawings
Watercolour and fineliners
Watercolour and fineliners

Houseplant Drawing Challenge- Day 3- Cyclamen Leaf

Busy day today on the computer making pattern. 😊 So it was good to sit and draw, I love leaves, in their own right they are beautiful and have natural patterns running through out. I will be drawing the whole plant as it’s just starting to flower The more you look the more you see, loving my challenge so glad I decided to give it a go 🙂

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Cyclamen leaves pencil, pen, fountain pen and watercolours.

 

My Lovely Cyclamen Plant, very beautiful.
My Lovely Cyclamen Plant, very beautiful.

 

Day 2- Sitting on the Sofa,Sketching Succulents on Sunday ❤️

Decided when I finished work today it would be spent in a comfortable heap on the sofa drawing. So here are today’s sketches of my house plants. I have chosen another of my succulents as I find them fascinating, and have been meaning to draw them, but never quite got around to it. 🙂

I have used a mixture of coloured pencils and my most favourite drawing tool, my Lamy fine nib fountain. pen.

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November Daily Drawing Challenge- Houseplants

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I love my houseplants and have quite a few all around my flat,some of them have been part of my life for over 20 yrs!!! They a great source of inspiration, and so beautiful,so I decided to set myself a challenge of drawing my plants every day, 30 mins or more for the month of November. I will use any medium that takes my fancy and will go with the flow, I want this to be enjoyable and fun 🙂

I enjoy drawing and know how important it is to the look and style of my designs, I am currently working on my first big collection and its going to organic in look and has a lot of influence from nature and most of all plants and flowers.

A few of the plants I have in my creative space :)
A few of the plants I have in my creative space 🙂

 

Along side this challenge I am also taking  module 2 Creating your professional identity, it’s really giving me confidence, to push myself and I am loving it so much, only working weekends means I can put a lot of time in to learning as much as possible. ://makeitindesign.com/design-school/

I am looking forward to seeing where this challenge takes me and what exciting ideas and designs evolve from it.

Nature is so beautiful, i think I will be starting with these succulents. :)
Nature is so beautiful, I think I will be starting with these succulents. 🙂

You can follow my challenge daily on my blog and on instargram,   http://instagram.com/amandaclairedesigns

Right time to draw…. 🙂

Here is Day 1

Pencil, fineliners, watercolour and acrylic.
Pencil, fineliners, watercolour and acrylic.

I decided to use just pencil for the first drawing (30 mins) and really look and draw what I see, the other  more colourful creation is from a different angle but highly stylised could not help myself. I have a good feeling about this challenge 🙂

It’s time to Follow my Dreams and my Hearts Desire….

Being-Creative-Makes-You-Happy-copyIt’s happening I have taken the plunge I have handed in my notice to my week job, and got a weekend post at a Homeless Hostel in Brighton. I can now follow my artistic purpose and spend time getting  Amanda Claire Designs up and running.

I am also working with a friend and running Mandala Revolution ( you can find us on Facebook) here we want to spread the Mandala love and show people how important being creative process is for mental wellbeing and that anyone can create a Mandala and it can be made from anything to. We will be setting up workshops and will be running one in a couple of weeks at the Uk Hoop Gathering looking forward to hanging out with lovely people from far and wide, the hoop community is a friendly community to be involved in.

I am so excited a little scared but it feels ok I know it takes courage but it is so important I go for it.
I am producing designs that I feel are not to bad and other people like and comment positively. The only way is to keep producing designs finding my style. I love the process of creating designs from the initial ideas in my sketchbooks then I lose myself on my mac. I am improving my skills on illustrator and am excited by the things I can do. I have finally taken the plunge and using Photoshop and so glad . There are some great tutorials online that have helped me.

For the first time I am writing goals and thinking about my artist future, as like most people things pop into your head, and try to put you off make you doubt yourself… Luckily I have strong support from family and friends and the wonderful ladies from Make it in design Module 1 , we still use our Facebook page to support each other with positive advice tips and comments.

There are things that I need to change I am learning to be more organised and be more disciplined with my time, as this is important when working on your own, lots of mind mapping and list making.

It’s only 5 months ago when I took part in the course and since then my journey has begun and  thank the day I came across  www.makeitindesign.com it has changed my life. I am currently taking part in  the Summer School they are running and have been working on the intermediate brief, retro geometries. I have submitted my design and am quite pleased with it, I have followed the brief and have enjoyed the process.

A close up of the design i submitted to the Summer School
A close up of the design i submitted to the Summer School

Peace and Quiet

I have been feeling slightly overwhelmed and need  some time away, I am very lucky as my dad built a boat and its moored in a lovely marina just near Southbourne in Sussex. So off I went with paints and paper and my radio (I love my radio and would quite happily do with out TV)

my Dads boat a labour of love and a perfect way to get some piece and quiet
my Dads boat a labour of love and a perfect way to get some piece and quiet

I was lucky with the weather and as I am an early riser was treated to some beautiful sunrises, I pottered around listened to the radio, contemplated how lucky I am to be able to enjoy the wonders of nature. The best bit was no seagulls they are so noisy in Brighton but here the birds were a lot quieter in the morning.

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How can you not feel inspired when you wake up to such beauty


So I painted,drew in my sketch book. sat in the sun, went for walks listened to the radio and enjoyed this time on my own. As I said before I have been feeling overwhelmed as I know that I need to make art and patterns, being creative makes me very happy.

No black pen in sight just colour and triangles
No black pen in sight just colour and triangles

 

I love Mandalas
I love Mandalas

So I have come home and I feel refreshed and excited about my future, I know what I want and what i have to do to get there. I am not afraid of hard work and I am getting more organised. I have amazing support  and  finally believe in myself.

Inspired by my mandala painting and triangles
Inspired by my mandala painting and triangles