What is a Mandala and How to Draw One

what is a mandala and how to draw one

What is a mandala?

The word mandala literally means “circle” in Sanskrit, but they are so much more than that. Mandalas are beautiful geometric images that represent the circle of life, the universe, divine power, synchronicity and more.

Evidence of mandalas date back to the first century B.C. However, they are likely much older than that. Mandalas have been found all over the world, from India to South America. They are a common symbol in many religions including Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity.

Christian Mandalas Rose Window Sainte Chapelle Chapel in Paris
Rose Window Mandala in Sainte Chapelle Chapel in Paris

Today, mandalas are used around the world as a meditative art practice. They utilize a combination of radial balance and abstract patterns to mesmerize the artist and viewer alike.

Why draw mandalas?

Drawing mandalas can be a tranquil and meditative experience. They are often used in Art Therapy as a way to disconnect from stress and anxiety. They help the artist concentrate on being present in the moment.

Drawing intricate patterns is also a great way to improve hand-eye coordination.

Drawing mandalas is easy and fun, and the end result is unique and beautiful.

How to draw a mandala

There are many different ways to draw mandalas.

You can draw them completely free hand, or use a template. You can create your own template by using a compass and a ruler, or you can download the templates I created here.

Generally when drawing a mandala you start from the center and work your way out.

mandala drawing template
Drawing a mandala using my template

Incorporate different geometric patterns into your mandala as it expands outwards.

You can use many different materials to create mandalas. Pen and paper is the most obvious. However, people create mandalas from sand, rocks, leafs, crochet, yarn, and many other materials.

yarn mandalas diy craft project kids
Mandala made with yarn. aka Ojo De Dios or “God’s Eye”

It’s a good idea to keep a sketchbook or even a Pinterest Board with different patterns to refer back to for future mandala drawings.

Learn more about the history and religious uses of mandalas here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about mandalas, and how and why you should draw them!

Cheers,

Julie

How I’m Breaking the Mold as an Artist

Hey guys! Today I’d like to share with you a little bit about how I’m breaking the mold of being an artist in the 21st century.

Throughout history, artists have had to fit certain molds to have their work accepted by galleries and the art community.

But the greatest artists were the ones who broke the mold.

In Medieval Europe, art was controlled by the Church. Artists had to create work featuring religious characters and stories in order to sell. Artists found ways to work around these limitations by inserting the faces of their patrons into religious scenes.

The great art of the Renaissance was a rejection of these restrictions. In fact, there has been a constant back and forth throughout history, with each art movement being a reaction to the one that came before.

Impressionism was a reaction to Realism. Monet and the Impressionists were originally shunned by the art community in Paris. Of course they are now widely loved and celebrated (not to mention, the art is worth millions).

In 1917, Marcel DuChamp submitted an upside down urinal as an affront to the so-called “Society of Independent Artists”. This move has gone down in history and gave rise to Dadaism.

Marcel Duchamp Fountain 1917

The greatest historical artists we know today were the ones who broke the mold and pushed back against the establishment. These artists were ahead of their time, controversial, and often under appreciated until late in life or even after death.

Artist Gustav Klimt The Kiss

So how can I follow in the footsteps of the great artists of the past?

Today, there are once again pervasive ideas about what being an artist should look like.

Many of my professors at University scoffed at the idea of selling art online on fashion and home decor products. They held the belief that a true artist should suffer for their work, and should only show in established galleries, otherwise they’re “selling out”.

Another pervasive idea is that art should only be understood and accessible to an elite few. I think that idea is bullshit and needs to be smashed like the patriarchy! I hold the belief that art should be accessible to all.

The internet and the ability to self represent has completely changed the landscape of being an artist today. We can spread our work around the world all on our own, and become business men and women in our own right. We can create any kind of artwork we want and find a market for it.

All artists should be taking advantage of this and starting a new movement. Our movement doesn’t have a name yet but one day people will be reading about this time in history. Just like we read about the “Renaissance” “Impressionism” and “Dadaism” movements of the past.

This is how I’m breaking the mold as an artist and doing what every other great artist has done before me.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what being an Artist in the 21st century means to you. Leave your comments below! Please note: I’m not an art historian and have definitely over-simplified some aspects here, so feel free to point out if I’m completely wrong.

Thanks for sticking around long enough to read my rant! I really appreciate it. Head over to my gallery to check out my artwork, and make sure to subscribe to my blog if you want to follow along on my journey.

Cheers,

Julie

Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Hey guys! Anyone else feeling a lack of motivation today? I needed a little pick-me-up so I decided to put together some motivational quotes in Canva.

This goes out to all you entrepreneurs and small business owners out there who hustle hard and need a reminder to keep doing what you’re doing!

Motivational Quotes to Inspire You

I love this quote because it reminds us that wherever we are in life we can always keep working toward our goals and dreams.

start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. Motivational quotes.

I recently read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and this quote of his really resonated with me.

the hard road often becomes easy, and the easy road often becomes hard - motivational quote robert kiyosaki

Sometimes taking risks pay off, other times they don’t but we’ll never know unless we try.

Be brave, take risks

People will always be jealous of your success and some will try everything in their power to tear you down. Don’t let that get to you. Just remember, if you have haters, you’re probably doing something right!

if you have #haters you're doing something right. #quotes

When all else fails, sometimes we just need a reminder to not give up. Take a break, step away from something, but always come back and try again.

when all else fails just don't give up quote

I hope you’ve enjoyed these motivational quotes! I’m already feeling a little better after creating these.

Let me know which one you like the most by leaving a comment below!

More quotes to inspire you:

Julie Erin Designs in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

green black tropical monstera leaf pattern

Hey guys! This past month I had the opportunity to travel to Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific side of Mexico.

While I was there I had some fun taking photos with my new Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR camera I got for Christmas this year.

My boyfriend helped take some photos of me wearing my A-Line dress from Redbubble.

monstera tropical paradise leaf pattern dresses

See a more detailed review of my A-Line dress from Redbubbleย in this post.
I also photographed my Beach Mandala beach tote bag from Society6.

sunset beach mandalas tote bags

Both of these products were perfect to take on beach holiday.

woman modeling beach sunset puerto vallarta mexico

These pictures were taken on the resort we stayed at, Club Regina Puerto Vallarta near the marina.

On one of the days while I was lounging on the beautiful beach near the resort, I drew this mandala in the sand.

beach mandalas art sand ocean puerto vallarta

Another day while we were out exploring the city, I found some beautiful street art which included mandalas, so I had to stop and strike a pose!

zona romantica old town puerto vallarta art woman posing


Check out my Instagram account to see more photos from my trip!

Also take a look at my Society6 store for some more beach holiday essentials such as:

Can koozies

rainbow can cooler koozie drink holder

Beach towels

world map travel beach towels essentials


Have you traveled to Puerto Vallarta before?  If not, you really should.  It’s a beautiful place full of warm people, great food and amazing nature.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Cheers,

Julie

6 Inspiring Quotes for Female Entrepreneurs

Hey guys!

As you may already know, being an entrepreneur can be challenging at times and especially for us ladies who are often juggling multiple responsibilities like jobs and families.

Sometimes you need a little something to keep you motivated so I’ve created these fun, inspirational quotes for you to enjoy and share as you like.

These are all made using Canva.  If you haven’t used Canva before you really should check it out, it makes creating share-able social media posts so quick and simple.

Without further ado, on to the quotes!

inspirational motivational entrepreneur hustle quotes quote
but every day we get a little closer motivational quotes
wake up and slay quote
motivational inspirational girl boss quote
inspiring motivating female entrepreneur quote quotes
sassy fun entrepreneur hustle girl boss quote quotes

Which one of these resonates with you the most? Let me know in the comments below!

Also feel free to share these far and wide as much as you like.

You can also check out more share-able quotes from my blog here:

10 Inspiring Quotes by Famous Artists
10 Inspirational Quotes About Art

Are you just getting started with your own side hustle?  Check out some of my articles on selling your art online for extra ca$h!

Where to Sell Your Art Online
Social Media Marketing Tips

Cheers,

Julie

Zentangle Inspired Drawings

zentangle face art drawing collage magazine woman

Hi guys!  Today I am sharing with you 6 different zentangle inspired drawings I have done over the past few years.

Zentangle is basically the practice of creating art from intricate doodle-like patterns. It is said to help with anxiety and focus. The practice of Zentangle is similar to creating mandalas for therapeutic reasons.

zentangle zendoodle tangled drawing art

Most of these art pieces combine elements of doodle art drawing with collage. They were all done in my sketchbook using Sharpie markers.

Several of these designs are available as prints and on other products in my Society6 store and other shops.

This one was inspired by Easter and the flowers of Spring.

It is also available as a greeting card from my Zazzle store.

easter spring doodle art drawing

For this piece, I pasted some gorgeous butterfly photographs in my sketchbook and then doodled around them.

butterfly zentangle drawing art doodle collage butterflies

This one combines a lot of different Zentangle inspired patterns but does not have any collage elements.  This one is not available as a print.

tangled all the way around zentangle art

The next one incorporates different lips cut out of a women’s magazine, and is one of my favourites!

lips tangle

Another spring time inspired piece including bright flowers collaged into the design.

flower zentangle

This one is also available as products in my Zazzle store, as seen below.


Thank you for checking out these six zentangle inspired designs!  I hope you like them and feel free to leave your comments below.

Cheers!

Julie