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 🙂

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’s 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Not everyone will like your work and that’s ok, you can’t 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’t get so much response. So now I don’t 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 – 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’t have to show anyone.So far this year I have filled over 6 books. They are so important as when you’re 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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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!! 🙂 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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Week 12 and 13 – My world Drawing Challenge

As always a bit behind with my blog up date about my drawing challenge. I think I need to face my fear of writing blog posts, anyone have any tips? they would be gratefully received.

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Week 10 and 11 My World Drawing Challenge

Good morning,

it’s a beautiful day in Brighton, sun is shinning and I must catch up with my blogging 🙂 Why i keep putting it off I am not quite sure, writing is not my strong point but the more I write the better it will get. I know that’s true as my drawing has improved so much since starting this challenge, the last few weeks have been hard as I seem to be leaving my daily drawing to the end of the day, then I am tired and not sure what to draw, but I just get on with it and its at those times some of my favourite drawing happen, just enjoying the proses not thinking about the end result.

Have a lovely day 🙂

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Week 8 and 9 My World Drawing Challenge

Hello here I am with a 2 weekly round-up of my drawing challenge. To be honest I lost my way a bit the last couple of weeks. Yes I am drawing every day which is good and I see the improvement in my drawing and observational skills and my confidence in myself.But I  realised I had lost sight of my goals. Goal setting is a new thing with me and its hard, I write them, break them down and then don’t quite stick to the dead lines I set myself.

So this week I decided to re-write my goals, and to reflect back on what I have achieved since March 2014

  • Discovered my love of pattern making.
  • Completed Module 1 and 2 of ABSPD
  • Challenged myself to a monthly drawing challenge of my houseplants
  • Set up a blog
  • Gave up smoking
  • Decided to quit main job and just work weekends
  • Turned my bedroom in to a beautiful creative space
  • Became self-employed as an artist as
  • Improve my skills on Ai and Ps
  • Connect with other pattern-makes around the world
  • Taking part in Bootcamp
  • Drawing everyday for a year challenge 
  • Becoming happy within myself and finding the tools to deal with the stressful times
  • Discovered how good meditation is

This really helped me to focus again and I feel very pleased with my achievements.

So here are my drawings from the last 2 weeks, some days I struggled with producing a drawing, but that’s why it’s called a challenge, its become part of my day and I will complete a year of daily drawing.

Also was so pleased as I have 500 followers on instagram and have received such lovely feedback from my daily drawings 🙂

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Treated myself to a dip-pen and ink, I have not used one for years so much fun, that’s whats so good when you challenge yourself it gets you out of your comfort zone and you try different things.

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Have a lovely creative week 🙂

Week 7 – My World Drawing Challenge

When I started this blog I was not sure what to do and I realise that still don’t, So I need to spend more time and care with my posts, as not having a website yet, this is where people come and visit and frankly it needs some love and care!!So for the month of March I will start updating my blog and making more interesting. (fingers crossed)

I will be sharing my love of plants and growing things as I get my balcony ready for spring, this year I will growing loads of flowers , for inspiration for my pattern designs and drawings. I get so much pleasure from watching things grow, nature is truly wonderful, I love my life to be surrounded by plants indoors and out. I had a big tidy up and sort of my balcony, the sun was shinning and it felt good to be out their pottering around. I call it my garden in the sky and feel very blessed to have some where I can make my own.

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My Little Garden in the Sky

I have had a very busy and creative week,but feel I am really getting int the swing of my daily drawing challenge and its become something I do, it’s not a chore but a lovely part of my day just to sit and draw whatever I want.

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Day 43 – Still drawing the chairs, they are so hard and have really taxed my brain at times, but this is a challenge and so I keep going.
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Day 44 – sometimes I just draw with no idea or real thought, I find it a great way to relax a form of creative meditation, and I just love plants and flowers, they will always be a massive inspiration and part of my world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to chairs, I have always struggled with scale and I want things to fit on the page but they seem to get bigger, with time and practice It will get better!!
Back to chairs, I have always struggled with scale and I want things to fit on the page but they seem to get bigger, with time and practice It will get better!!
Day 46 - I love my sketchbooks and use them daily, they are very important to me, I always find starting them hard, the first page! But now I start them like this and it seems to work for me.
Day 46 – I love my sketchbooks and use them daily, they are very important to me, I always find starting them hard, the first page! But now I start them like this and it seems to work for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 48 - I have decided to still draw chairs but to make them more interesting to draw and then i don't just focus on the chair!! I have added a plant on top.
Day 48 – I have decided to still draw chairs but to make them more interesting to draw and then I don’t just focus on the chair!! I have added a plant on top.
Day 47 - Was having an off day so i just drew flowers as i have said before it relaxes me gives me time to think!
Day 47 – Was having an off day so i just drew flowers as I have said before it relaxes me gives me time to think!

I just love drawing Mandalas
I just love drawing Mandalas

 

To end the week I have drawn a Mandala, I discovered Mandala drawing a few years  ago and its helped me so much,I am more creative and confidence in my abilities,      I learnt it’s not about the end result but the proses of making a Mandala that is  important. They care a great way to calm the mind and help you to relax!

Have a wonderful week and be creative it makes sense.