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Mandala Mindfulness with 14 Secrets

July 29, 2013

The last few weeks I’ve been following Lani’s and Susanna’s 14 Secrets Mandala Challenge:

Mandala Mindfulness with 14 Secrets | creativity in motion

Part 1 of the challenge introduced this prompt by Lani: “Think of your mandala as sacred and work consciously from a quiet place inside yourself that contains your goodness and compassion”. In response, I created the above digital mandala using one of my favorite creative e-curating sites, Polyvore. Lots of mandala inspiring imagery to be found here!

Having created this mandala on a Monday morning, I remember feeling sincere appreciation for this time and moment at the beginning of the week- as well as left the experience with setting my mandala’s intention with love & growth.

Part 2 of the challenge (with lots of inspiring links!) and a how to prompt by Susanna about digital mandalas, inspired me to further experiment with digitally transforming my original mandala created for Part 1 through this lens.

I discovered the app Kooleido and that the app’s full version provides the feature to upload your own photo to create an awesome digital mandala kaleidoscope in motion using this image.

Below are only a few of the still screenshots I took of my Love and Growth Mandala morphing in action into new forms and expanding with moving life before my eyes:

Mandala Mindfulness with 14 Secrets  | creativity in motion

Mandala Mindfulness with 14 Secrets | creativity in motion

Mandala Mindfulness with 14 Secrets | creativity in motion

 To watch this transformation was absolutely soothing, relaxing, and completely brought my presence to the here and now. It was a very comforting experience to see the familiar details of colors, shapes, and symbols from my source image come together in new these mandala forms and patterns.

Thank you to Lani and Susanna for these 14 Secrets mandala prompts, links, and inspiration! Looking forward to the next part of this challenge…

You can participate every Monday in the 14 Secret’s Challenge here:


Related Posts:

 Finding Safety through Art: Relaxation Inspiration [14 Secrets Challenge]

Getting Addicted to and Making Art with Polyvore

21 Days of Blessings: Artist Trading Cards [VIDEO]

October 4, 2012

I recently made it to Day 21 of Hannah Klaus Hunter‘s Mindful Studio Practice e-workshop– woo hoo!

Check out my Blessings Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) from Week 3:

Mindful Studio Practice ATCs: Days 15-21

The last few days of the adventure I was a little iffy about if I would get time to focus on making art and the day’s prompt because I was traveling, but I remembered to bring Hannah’s instructions and my Ziploc bags of 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 paper stash swap stuff with me.  These have been my mobile creative companions over the last 3 weeks no matter where I am going!

Day 19‘s ATC was created and photographed in flight from Cleveland to St. Louis, which made for the quickest and calmest airplane trip yet as the tray in front of me transformed into my mindful studio space:

Day 19 : Give & Rediscover

I was up early on Day 20 and before I started my busy day, I spread out all my Blessings themed ATCs I created throughout this workshop on the hotel window sill beaming with morning light.  This was the day’s prompt suggested by Hannah as an opportunity for celebration & reflection:

Day 20 : Reflection

I stood in silence in front of what seemed like a makeshift altar for this amazing collection full of love, truth, light, and positive energy reflecting back to me with heart, gratitude, & comfort.  Images glowing with sunshine & passion softly whispered back to me with a re-awakening that was so familiar and a message to take notice.  I was thankful for this re-connection, this journey…this moment.  21 days of blessings and then some before me.

For Day 21, Hannah encouraged us to share our collective images with the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 community and in response, I created this short video:

What an experience!  Thank you again to Hannah for inspiring this incredible  3 week adventure and the supportive, positive community over at 6 Degrees of Creativity 2.

Mindful Studio Practice Continues: 2 Weeks Strong!

September 24, 2012

Mindful Studio Practice Creative Work Space

I just finished Day 14 of my artist trading card adventure with Hannah Klaus Hunter’s Mindful Studio Practice. I thought I would continue to share the art and my reflections from this journey with you here. This past week presented a lot of emotional expression, truthful perceptions, and challenges for me as I created each ATC inspired by Hannah’s prompts and beautiful quotes.

Day 8 : Simplicity Within Blessings

Day 8‘s prompt and ATC left off at the previous day’s practice of stripping things down. I started to notice on this day that simplifying my chosen theme of “Blessings” was a beginning to clarity.  I was surprised how easy it was to create and feel connected this ATC. I experienced a deep sense of calmness and acknowledgement about simplifying and synthesizing things down.

Day 9 : Seeds Planted-Blossom

When I started reading Hannah’s “Be the Bud” inspiration for Day 9, I remembered that some of the dictionary words I cut out (but didn’t use) during Week 1 included text about blossoming, flowering, and the concept of seeds being planted, their growth, and feelings of gratitude. This ATC absolutely reflected my feelings in this moment. I also reflected a lot about Day’s 6 ATC again and the importance of feeling grounded.

Day 10 : Act of Love & Light

This ATC for Day 10 (and Hannah’s quote included on my card) was created on the same day this blog post was published on kind over matter about letting go of againstness. I really reflected on Jo Anna Rothman‘s (Creator of The Receiving Project) concept about change being an act of love (one of my blessing brainstorming words from Day 2) and the Hafiz quote I cut up for placement on this day’s ATC. I reflected in this instant about the “encouragement of light” surrounding me.

Day 11 : ♥ Clarity ♥

I must admit I didn’t follow the art-making prompt for Day 11 and again was captivated by the words and quote Hannah included for this day, which was rooted in the role of judgement.  I had the intentions of generosity, clarity, and radiance on my mind to help lead me in that moment.  

Day 12 : Strength

Day 12′s prompt was about destruction & re-construction and seeing/experiencing old or unwanted things from a different perspective. For me, this ATC explored the dichotomy between things breaking apart, but at the same inner observations about my own strength and vulnerabilities, which are all a part of me and pieces I have appreciation for to make me a better person. It reminded me a lot about what surfaced in Day 3‘s ATC about resiliency.

Day 13 challenged me to take an already created ATC and reflect its opposite to present another perspective/awareness to the theme I am working on.  I chose to take Day 2’s ATC about brainstorming around my theme.  Sitting in the moment with my blank ATC to begin this prompt was really hard to start, but once I did- broken pieces of darkness, emptiness that seemed dead and lifeless was mirrored back to me.  I connected in this moment with my theme of blessings stronger than I ever have, as this ATC reflected back to me a powerful message I needed to pay attention to.

Day 14 : Mindfulness Challenge

Week 2’s prompt ends with working on multiples over the next two days as another way to create a different perspective in the moment around our theme.  I started Hannah’s suggestion of working with squares in a quilt/patchwork style.   I tried to incorporate collage paper pieces I’ve used in the ATCs from the last week for Day 14‘s ATC.  I get to work on this one again tomorrow for the beginning of Week 3, so I’m curious how it might transform!

Being at the start of Week 3 (the last week!) brings a combination of excitement and wonder, as well as a little anticipatory grief about this process being over.  I’ve so enjoyed including this practice into my daily activities. Even on days that are super, super busy I worry if I’ll be able to have the time to sit down and do it. It’s always grounding, affirming, validating, and soooo worthwhile. Thank you Hannah for this constant reminder!

Mindful Studio Practice : Week 1

September 16, 2012

Mindful Studio Practice with Hannah Klaus Hunter

With much anticipation and wonder, this week I started my 21 Day journey of Hannah Klaus Hunter‘s e-workshop Mindful Studio Practice in 6 Degrees of Creativity 2.  Hannah’s workshop is dedicated to creating a daily art-making practice for 21 days through prompts that encourage focusing in the here & now, slowing down, and being in the moment with your creative process through a specific object or theme. I can’t begin to tell you how I’ve enjoyed these first 7 days and committing time to making art for this adventure.

Day 1 : Blessings Beginnings

Day 1 included taking time to gather the materials & supplies I would be using throughout the next 21 days.  I decided what would be most manageable for me to create everyday would be an artist trading card (ATC). My first ATC was created using paper stashes I received from Maria & Nancy last month.  My final spontaneous touch to this card was from Nancy’s stash: a quote printed on Vellum paper that included the word Blessings.  I added it as an expression in the moment inspired by feelings of thankfulness, a readiness to begin, and curiousity about this process prepared so thoughtfully by Hannah.

Day 2 : Blessings Brainstorming

Day 2‘s ATC included the brainstorming I did about what I wanted to focus on throughout the next 21 Days.  I used a canvas textured ATC with acrylic paint, a paper heart, pen, and the word LIFE made from my SMASH label maker. The concept of Blessings was still on my mind. As I explored variations of this concept and its meaning with Hannah’s prompt, it was still very strong. It was in this instant I began writing my top 10 words/concepts that really attracted me to this theme: Blessings as a form of redemption, strength, help, a gift, form of hope, permission, love, something out there unknown & in disguise, as well as the fragility/shortness of life to inspire feelings of thankfulness.

Day 3 : What is yours to see?

Day 3 focused my attention and dedicated art-making on one of the Blessing concepts I identified during Day 2, inspired by Hannah’s quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn “to see what is yours to see”.  I chose the perspective of viewing unknown blessings in disguise as a form of resiliency, beauty, and compassion as mine to see in this moment.  This ATC was created on an old playing card with some of my collage stuff and edged with black Staz On ink.

Day 4 : Vulnerability is a gift

Day 4‘s ATC was dedicated to not only seeing Blessings as a gift, but the vulnerability and fragility that this can also introduce, especially if the blessing is not clearly known or has value at the time. This ATC serves as mindful reminder to myself that this requires openness and nurturing for the blessings awareness to grow.  A watercolor textured ATC was used as the foundation for this piece with more paper stash goodies and a dictionary page for the background.

Day 5 : Blessing Essence

For my Day 5 ATC I layered alcohol inks on a glossy coated ATC, as well as distressed areas of the ATC with sandpaper to create a raw, but vibrant image to examine the essence (heart & strength) of my interest and attention related to the Blessings theme.

Day 6 : In this moment…

Day 6‘s ATC expressed an aspect of the Blessings theme I had not previously considered/been aware of until prompted to notice something different about it in the moment.  What came to mind was the feeling and sensation of being grounded.  I again used paper stash bits and pieces (brown paper bag paper, tissue paper, handmade paper embedded with seeds, painted watercolor swatches) as well as words from old dictionary pages to create this ATC with distressed ink and metallic paint pens.

Day 7 : Quiet Blessings Exposed

Today’s ATC, on Day 7 celebrated my first week with this new journey, an opportunity and invitation from Hannah’s daily prompt to slow things down and spend time simplifying our theme.  ATC media I selected included watercolor, mulberry paper, and dictionary words to collage. I chose to try Hannah’s suggestion of working in one color or tone and was pleasantly surprised how this shifted the energy for my Blessings theme. I quietly observed how the concept of silence & stillness is so essential and how blessings can present themselves in quiet and subtle ways.  In this moment, my awareness and connection around this theme became more exposed and opened with peacefulness and a new level of acceptance.

I’m ready to see what the next 7 days bring… Much gratitude to Hannah for this inspiring adventure…

Simplify: Be Still Artist Trading Card

January 24, 2011

This is a new artist trading card I created as a much needed reminder to myself to stay out of the path of crazymaking, simplify my self expectations and to remember there is benefit to being still during times of creation and growth:

As opportunities (and challenges) surface throughout this week, I hope to make stronger choices related to this ATC’s intention. Simplify.  Be Still.

Ready for Calm, Transition, Change

September 14, 2010

The BATA Symposium is quickly approaching!  The registration for The Making of Mindfulness through Art has received a strong response, with over 140 art therapists, art therapy students, and interested professionals coming from not only across Ohio, but also several states and Canada.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Columbus next week!

As I work on my final to-dos and  tie up loose ends for this year’s event, this mixed media piece I created to donate to the Symposium’s Silent Art Auction has extra special meaning to me:


The Making of Mindfulness through Art

August 25, 2010

It’s planning and preparation time again for this year’s Buckeye Art Therapy Association’s Annual Symposium to be held September 24-25, 2010 in Dublin, Ohio.   This year’s theme, The Making of Mindfulness through Art, will include two days of workshops and presentation offerings highlighting the use of art therapy in the practice of mindfulness, meditation, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  The Symposium Program will also be premiering  ART IS LIFE IS ART: The Life and Work of Don Jones, a documentary by Bruce L. Moon that examines of the extraordinary life and work of BATA and AATA Founder Don Jones.

BATA’s Symposium keynote will be Michael Franklin, Ph.D., ATR-BC, who directed the undergraduate art therapy program at Bowling Green State University from 1986 to 1997 and introduced the field to me as my first art therapy professor.  Dr. Franklin is currently a core faculty for Naropa University’s Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Department and Director of Naropa’s Graduate Art Therapy Program in Boulder, Colorado.

There’s still time to get your registration in if you would like to attend this year’s Symposium and enjoy a little mindfulness and art therapy!  The mail in registration deadline is September 7, 2010.

On Day 2 of the Symposium, Cathy Malchiodi and I will be teaming up again to present Papermaking as Self Reclamation and Transformation: Deconstruction to Reconstruction. This presentation will provide an overview about how papermaking can be a transformative, mindful, and reparative process that facilitates and enhances exploration of personal meaning.  The basics of papermaking as an art therapy approach through practical applications and first person experiences will be explored, as well as highlighting The Combat Paper Project and suggestions for art therapy’s role with returning military.

In connection with this presentation, I have been working on my own handmade book  that chronicles some significant experiences and crossroads in my professional life over the last few years.  The paper that was made to create the pages of this book came from unwanted personal material and content that was shredded, pulped, re-transformed into new sheets of paper, and then liberated into new life and meaning for this project.

I’m really looking forward to sharing some of my personal experience and the art created for this book!

My Book: Papermaking as Self Reclamation and Transformation

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