Dream Big with Mandalas
Taught by Michelle Stephens
JOYfilled Arts & Crafts Virtual Summer Camp July 22-24 (2 hours)
What do you most desire in your life?
In this heART-led painting workshop, I will guide you on a creative journey where you will paint intuitively even if you have never painted before. You will learn how to express gratitude and set intentions at the canvas as a way of shifting energy from fear and self-doubt to (SELF) LOVE and POSSIBILITY, all while creating a beautiful mandala.
Through this practice you will learn ways to release what no longer serves you so that you are able to move forward focused on the abundant changes you want to make in your life.
The mandala represents the unity of all things and a deeper connection to oneself and your painting will serve as a reminder of your willingness to show up for yourself and the positive ripple effects that showing up for yourself can have in your life and in the world. It will remind you that your dreams are achievable with the right intentions and actions.
I love witnessing the powerful transformation that happens deep within when we harness the power of creativity to live our most inspired life and can’t wait to share this fun and nourishing painting practice with you.
No Skill Level Required
All skill levels welcome!
Links are included for reference only. You’re welcome to use anything similar.
- An acrylic brush set
- An assortment of acrylic paints – For this workshop, I recommend the following colors:
- White – Titanium
- Black – Pick one: Ivory or Mars
- Red – Pick one: Primary, Cadmium Medium, or Magenta
- Yellow – Pick one: Primary, Cadmium Light, Cadmium Medium, or Hansa
- Blue – Pick one: Primary, Cerulean, or Cobalt
- 2 or 3 other colors that you love. What colors are you most drawn to? What jumps out at you? Pick those.
- This is a good set from Blick or you can buy individual tubes in larger size from their site
- You will need one surface to paint on – this can be a primed canvas, canvas board, or sheet of watercolor or mixed media paper. 12″ x 12″ or similar. If using watercolor paper, cut to size if larger than 12” x 12”.
- A palette – examples that will work:
- A plastic palette
- A plastic take-out lid
- A disposable sheet of palette paper
- A piece of watercolor or mixed media paper
- A cotton rag or paper towels
- A cup or jar with approx. 1-2 inches of water for cleaning your brushes
- Water spray bottle (any size) with an adjustable nozzle that has a decent mist setting
- An assortment of plastic mark making tools. Some examples:
- Small plastic lids
- Old credit or gift cards
- Bubble wrap
* If using stencils, you’ll need a sponge or stencil brush. Pro tip: Non-abrasive kitchen sponges cut into 1-2 inch squares work well!
- A hair dryer or heat gun
- A color wheel
- Gloves or lotion to help keep your hands clean
- Your favorite music to listen to while we paint (you’ll be able to mute and unmute yourself)
If you don’t have all of the supplies, don’t let it stop you from showing up! We’ll have fun getting started and you can pick up the additional things you need as you dive deeper into your painting practice.
Note that online art supply orders can take 7-10 days or more for delivery depending on the source and your location. You’ll want to place your order early to allow enough time for them to arrive.
Available for Online Attendance
Michelle Stephens is a Creatively Fit Coach who has been guided by the creative process since 2016. She understands the powerful transformation that happens deep within when we harness the power of creativity to live our most inspired life and allow our creative gifts to be fully expressed.
After studying disciplined fine art techniques at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA, she was introduced to intuitive painting and has since studied with intuitive and abstract artists from around the world who continue to inspire and guide her on her creative path.
Michelle believes that we are born to create and that creativity serves a vital role in our overall health and wellness. She is passionate about teaching people how to paint and sharing the ways in which painting can be used as a form of self-care. She guides artists of all levels to deepen their connection to their creative practice and shine their inner light.