It was the weekend of Earth Day.  I held a mandala circle at my studio where a guided meditation connecting Mother Earth to our creative centers started the evening. We let the energy of this  connection  bring forth the mandalas we created.

 

 

earth-day-mandala-linda-massie-3-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogLinda Massie (inside page of 2 page book on black paper)

It was as if a seed of inspiration germinated deep in our creative centers and grew as the colors, shapes, images and words found form on the paper.

earth-day-mandalas-linda-massie-4-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogLinda Massie  (cover of 2 page book, an explosion of creative  iridescence)

We used paints made from different colored soils dug up from the earth. One was the red clay soil of North Carolina, one a brown from Missouri and one the deep black of Minnesota.  We also used watercolor paints that sparkled with the iridescence of mica powder, which is mined from the earth.

earth-day-mandalas-janet-2-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogJanet Gray – mandala with brown dirt paint and bright flower feathers

earth-day-mandala-janet-1-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogJanet Gray – dark black sumi ink circle with dirt brown branches and flowers

We  used sumi ink for the deep rich blacks. Sumi ink is traditionally made in Japan from the soot of burned pine branches during the opportune time of year.  Its creation in is a long held tradition that connects calligraphy artists with Mother Earth.

earth-day-mandalas-janet-3-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogJanet Gray – mandala with sumi ink, brown soil paint, white paint and blessing words

The deckle edged papers were handmade in India from recycled cotton.  Some as soft as a bed sheet and very absorbent. Each sheet is handmade.  The wet pulp of cotton is in a vat that the papermaker scoops a screen the size of each sheet through.  The water falls through and the cotton pulp remains. Each sheet is then dried.  The wavy deckled edge shows each piece is made separately and not cut from a big sheet into smaller pieces.

earth-day-mandalas-linda-massie-1-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogLinda Massie -seed spiral mandala with soil paint and iridescent gold and green

earth-day-mandalas-linda-massie-2-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogLinda Massie –  blue greens of earth and water, with words barely shown through

earth-day-mandalas-anne-1-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogAnn Brune –  bold stripes of water, sun and the greening of earth

earth-day-mandalas-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogMartha Schermann – mandala of earth, water, sun and her connection to dragonflies

earth-day-mandalas-martha-2-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogMartha Shermann – We must love the earth as we do ourselves, if not more

earth-day-mandalas-martha-3-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogMartha Schermann – iridescent moon and sky

earth-day-mandalas-barbara-2-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogBarbara Lehmeir –  joyous growth mandala

earth-day-mandala-barbara-1-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogBarbara Lehmeir -centered sun and growing earth surrounded by blessings

earth-day-mandalas-linda-1-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogMy mandala –  Water, earth and green growth. A love letter to Mother Earth  in the corner.

earth-day-mandalas-linda-3-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogMy mandala –  square symbol of earth with green around it and water spiral

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My mandala – water spiral and the Hopi symbol for rain

earth-day-mandalas-martha-1-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogMartha Shermann – earth, sky, me and you

Let everyday be Earth Day filling you with joy, wonder, love and wisdom. Let those knowings be an honoring, protection and  nurturing of our one and only great earth.

ENJOY & CREATE

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