Exploring Mandalas


In June 2014 I was preparing for surgery and couldn’t sleep worrying about it. I chatted with my friend CarlyMarie about starting a new journal and drawing mandalas again.

I first started exploring mandalas in 2002 when I was hospitalized with pregnancy complications, my son and I would colour mandalas when he came to visit. I found it relaxing and I started colouring them too.

Then I started drawing my own mandalas. I drew them freehand and with a compass. I have drawn them on and off over the years. For me they are an exercise in relaxation creating a meditative like state.


After chatting with CarlyMarie I started drawing mandalas again, spending my recovery time after surgery drawing mandalas.

I shared with my online friend Kathryn about picking back up my mandala practice and she was keen to join me. From our chats 100 Mandalas was born. Encouraging people to draw 100 mandalas was born. Since October 2014 when 100 Mandalas was launched I have drawn hundreds of mandalas and met many people who share a love of all things mandala.

One of the things that I wanted to do when rediscovering my mandala practice, was to share mandalas with others through workshops. Since then I have had the opportunity to facilitate many workshops through our local bookshop community groups.


Now it is time for me to branch out and offer my own workshops, with the first being held at the end of the month.

What I love about mandalas are the infinite possibilities – there are so many different ways to create a mandala: drawn freehand or with a compass, ruler and pencil. Coloured pencil, pen, painted or mixed media mandalas, also digital mandalas


If you are interested in following my explorations with the mandala you can follow this blog, or 4Ravens on facebook or instagram.

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My First Blog Award – The Versatile Blogger

I have been blogging since 2002 when I started my first blog The Raven in the Rose Garden so imagine my surprise the other day when I opened my emails to find that Nicole Cody of Cauldrons & Cupcakes had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I had been thinking that I had not blogged in some time and that I should make more of an effort in 2012, so this was the perfect opportunity to get back to it.

The Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

So here goes!  Seven things about me:

1. I love photography – I was given my first camera – a polaroid – for my 10th birthday

2. My favourite colour is pink

3. I would love to have a raven as a pet.

4. I live in Esperance which has the best beaches in the world

5. I am a self-taught artist

6. Writing and art journaling are among my favourite activities

7. Heather Blakey from Soul Food Cafe first introduced me to blogging.

11 recently discovered (and some not so recently discovered) blogs – in no particular order – I couldn’t come up with 15 and these 11 are important to me :

1. Collage Diva – the blog of my dear friend Kathryn Antyr; writer, artist and connector

2. Susanna’s Sketchbook – creator of the public art project Winged Messengers

3. Spiritual Evolution of the Bean – Mandala Artist Stephanie Smith

4. Provenance – The genealogical search for her family and its history

5. Sarah Salway – Writer and Canterbury Laureate

6. The Midnight Orange – sculpture artist

7. CarlyMarie Project Heal – Healing after Pregnancy & Infant Loss

8. Zentangle – creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns

9. Susannah Conway – Photographer, writer and workshop creator

10. Soul Food Cafe – where 10 years ago I started blogging.

11. On and Off the Page – Writing, Life, Art, Photography & Journaling by Lynn Fisher

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More from the watercolour journal…

I’ve been journaling away in this little journal – not too many more pages and it will be time to start a new journal, and I have some ideas for creating that new one – but more of that later.

Here are some of the pages that I have been working on recently:

I have been drawing mandalas.

I was inspired by Karin’s post regarding her hand surgery – so I traced my hand in my journal – and created this healing hand for Karin.

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Mandala month – a mandala a day.

In January last year when I started the 101 things in 1001 days – Number 76  was to keep a Mandala Journal and create a mandala a day for a month. Last year I created a mandala a day for the month, I thought it was about time to revisit that project, and decided that June would be Mandala month. Little did I realise at the time that it was June last year that I created the mandalas for a month.I will post the mandalas once a week during the month – so here are this weeks mandalas.
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Mandalas – Colour Added

Since so many people have asked if I was going to colour in my mandalas, I thought I would make some photocopies of my mandalas and see what they would look like coloured in.

These two mandalas are among my favourites so far for the month. colour

They were coloured with prismacolor pencils. They do look good – if I do say so myself.

While I was searching the web looking for mandala inspiration I came across Stephanie’s blog  – Spiritual Evolution of the Bean – she is an Artist, Writer, Musician and All round Creative. Check out her blog to see her mandalas.