The mandala is a design motif that has intrigued people throughout cultures around the world. Mandalas in Mixed Media features a fresh and unique approach to making these motifs in a variety of mediums (watercolor, Inktense pencils, collage . . .) and modern techniques (using decorative papers with acrylic paint; combining markers and charcoal; painting on rocks, maps and other surfaces . . .), all delivered to the reader in clear step-by-step instruction. But this book doesn't stop at the mechanics of making these beautiful designs; mandala work is also incredibly useful and the reader will see how to use mandalas to solve problems, let go of fear, lean into love and gain clarity and insight-powerful results for such a fun and relaxing activity! Finally, inspiring gallery pieces from artists all over the world (including well-known names such as Alisa Burke, Tiffany Lovering, Anahata Katkin, Jane LaFazio and Louise Gale) further illustrate the possibilities of this sacred circle.
Kathryn Costa first discovered mandalas 17 years ago. Her first mandala was a collaborative project with her graphic design students. Since then the mandala has been a repeating design motif and object for reflection in Kathryn's work. In 2011, Kathryn was a semi-finalist in the Cloth Paper Scissors Artisan of the Year in the book making and art journal category. Her artwork has been published in several books written by Patti Digh. In the last three years Kathryn has presented mandala workshops to youth ministers and in October 2014, Kathryn launched an online challenge called, "100 Mandalas" where participants create 100 mandalas in 100 days. The 100Mandalas Facebook group is up to 1,955 followers.