Mandala Monday – Free Mandalas to Color Online from Imagination Drawings

Imagination Drawing has free mandala drawings to color online. While the site seems at first glance to be geared toward children, many of the mandalas are quite intricate and beautiful and would definitely please “children of all ages.”

Here are a few examples of the mandalas they offer:

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According to the Imagination Drawing website (http://fun4child.com/painting_online/cat.php?c=16):

“You can save your interactive online coloring pages that you have created in your gallery, print the coloring pages to your printer, or email them to friends and family.”
“The pages load immediately so you can start coloring immediately. If you would like to save your gallery of pictures on TheColor.com you can do so by registering for our site. We will never spam our users as we are COPPA; compliant so open an account start coloring online for free Today!
Feel free to contact us if there are any coloring pages you would like us to add to our site. If you want to email us the gif files of free coloring pages you have drawn we will add them to our online coloring site. Also please let us know if you have any suggestions as our goal is to be #1 online destination for online coloring. Our goal is to constantly build our pictures to color online and we will be adding new pictures to color every week. “

Simply go to Imagination Drawing, http://fun4child.com/painting_online/cat.php?c=16 and start coloring. Enjoy!

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

TED Talk Thursday – An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter

TED Talk ThursdaysAccording to TED.com: “Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement’s three founders share what they’ve learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and “sharpen each other, so that we all can rise.” “

“Alicia Garza is an organizer, writer and freedom dreamer. She is the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. She is also the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, an international movement and organizing project focused on combatting anti-black state-sanctioned violence.”

“Garza’s work challenges us to celebrate the contributions of black queer women’s work within popular narratives of black movements and reminds us that the black radical tradition is long, complex and international. Her activism connects emerging social movements, without diminishing the structural violence facing black people.”

“Garza has been the recipient of many awards for her organizing work, including the Root 100 2015 list of African-American achievers and influencers. She was also featured in the Politico50 guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015. She lives and works in Oakland, California.”

An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

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Mandala Monday – How to Wood Burn a Mandala – Pyrography Art

Pyrography art for mandala making is the subject of today’s tutorial. This video was posted by  Dr. Tarrin P. Lupo about the mandalas made by Kate from BurntBirch.etsy.com. She gives a step by step tutorial on how she makes mandalas on birch.

Here is what Dr. Lupo has to say about this video: “Watch Kate from BurntBirch.etsy.com wood burn a mandala design. She shares her expert tips in pyrography for burning sacred geometric patterns. If you enjoyed this video please like and share it. “

This is what Kate has to say about mandalas: “Mandala (Sanskrit Mandala, “circle”) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the Universe. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.”

How to Wood Burn a Mandala – Pyrography Art

Music for this video by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses

BurntBirch Pyrography Art

See Kate’s Esty store (BurntBirch.etsy.com) for more of her art.

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!