I completed #The100DayProject last Thursday with the mandala shown above (I love a mandala of mandalas).
Here is a slideshow of my 100 mandalas created using Project 365 Pro:
If you are interested in how I create my mandalas, here are my other posts on mandalas: Mandalas and Time Lapse Mandala. I’ve decided to extend my mandala project to 365 days (#365daysofmandalas). You can find other mandalas I’ve created on Instagram @brilliantaqua. I also have a few select mandalas available at Society6 and Redbubble.
In honor of Mandala Monday, here are two time lapse videos of my mandala drawing and watercolor painting process. This mandala is 97/100 of #the100dayproject.
After drawing the grid using a compass, protractor, and pencil, I used a 03 Micron pen, a Moleskine watercolor journal, this set of watercolors and various watercolor brushes.
“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the self” (Jung, 1965, pp. 334-335).
I started coloring mandalas about a year and a half ago when I started my M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I find the practice of coloring mandalas very relaxing and it helped with my restlessness on class days when we were supposed to pay attention for 12 hours of lecture.
At some point I decided to start drawing my own mandalas. Initially, I wanted to follow Suzanne Fincher’s book, but struggled to follow a set progression of mandalas and wanted to draw more intuitively. So, I followed Andrea Schroeder’s instructional video on how to draw intuitive mandalas and then took her online class. I started drawing one every morning as well as many random ones throughout the day. At some point I found Louise Gale’s work and signed up for her Mixed Media Mandala class in October (can’t wait!!!). I also found out about #the100dayproject through her blog. I joined (instagram @brilliantaqua) and back counted my mandalas (I started on April 1st instead of April 6th…). Tomorrow will be 50/100.
I’ve been using Micron pens (05 and 03 are my favorites), a Moleskine journal, a Moleskine watercolor journal, Prismacolor colored pencils, Prismacolor watercolor pencils, this set of watercolors and various watercolor brushes. So, depending on my mood I will create a pen & colored pencil mandala, a pen and watercolor mandala, or sometimes I decide not to add color at all.
In August I will be traveling to Bali for a Mandala Retreat. I’m so excited to actually take a vacation & to create art for an entire week in such a beautiful place.
Jung, C.G. (1965). Memories, dreams, reflections. New York: NY: Vintage Books.
I woke up Saturday morning with a craving for pancakes. After remembering that I had a huge bag of Pamela’s Artisan Flour Mix (gluten-free), I quickly googled a recipe on my phone while still in bed. Armed with what looked like a good recipe, I headed to the kitchen to try it out. After mixing all of the ingredients it was super thick, so Deryck suggested that we throw in a 1/4 cup of Grand Marnier to thin it out. I also had to add probably another 1/4 cup milk. The pancakes turned out amazing! Slight orange flavor & not boozy. It made enough for breakfast yesterday and today (mmm…heated up pancakes). Sorry for the horrible photographs, I did not think to photograph them yesterday & Deryck is “just a man photographing his breakfast”…
GF Grand Marnier Pancakes
2 C milk
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 C Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 C Grand Marnier
1/4 C additional milk (as needed to thin the batter)
butter to grease the skillet
1. Pour 2 cups of milk into measuring cup and add the lemon juice. This will create “buttermilk” for you. Put it aside.
2. Pour flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl and whisk until blended (I used my kitchenaid).
3. Add “buttermilk” and melted butter to the dry mixture and whisk. Add egg, vanilla, and grand marnier. Whisk until smooth. Add additional milk until mixture is slightly runny (like normal pancake batter).
4. Melt butter in a frying pan. Drop approx. 1/4 cup of batter into the frying pan for each pancake.
5. Cook for a few minutes or until the center starts to bubble. Flip and cook for another few minutes (Deryck cooked them for 3 minutes per side).
6. Serve & Enjoy!
Yield: Approximately 15-16 pancakes
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I made this banana bread this morning. It went together easily & it’s so good that I’ve already eaten half of the loaf. Now I can’t wait for the cookbook to come out!!! I’ve been following both of their blogs for awhile & the recipes never seem to disappoint. Ok, please excuse me while I get another slice of banana bread (with butter…mmm).
Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread from The Paleo Kitchen
I’ve been craving chocolate cake, but I don’t need a whole cake and sometimes you just want a little bit of cake quickly. This recipe is paleo & not as spicy as I would like, definitely adding more cayenne next time!!!
Spicy Paleo Chocolate Cake in a Coffee Mug with Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream!!!
Spicy Paleo Chocolate Cake in a Coffee Mug
3 Tbsp almond flour
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
a few dashes of cinnamon
a few dashes of cayenne (need to add more next time, but I LOVE spicy food)
1. Add all of the ingredients to a coffee mug & mix until combined.
2. Microwave 1 minute and 45 seconds.
3. Enjoy! I added chocolate coconut ice cream…so good!
Yield: 1 coffee mug cake
St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow & instead of adding green food coloring to everything I’ve decided to use science to help out. According to Sunbutter’s website there may be discoloration when cooking with sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) due to the chlorophyll present. The chlorophyll acts differently in an acidic environment than an alkaline environment, so recipes with baking soda present (more alkaline) will cause foods to turn bright green. Woo hoo! Science-y St. Patrick’s Day Pancakes!! Grain-free, dairy-free, etc. too!
Science-y Green Pancakes
Science-y Green Pancakes
1/2 cup sunbutter (sunflower seed butter)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
coconut oil or butter for frying
1. Beat the eggs, add the other ingredients and mix until combined.
2. Melt coconut oil or butter in a frying pan. Drop approx. 1/4 cup of batter into the frying pan for each pancake.
3. Cook for a couple of minutes or until the center starts to bubble. Flip and cook for another couple of minutes.
4. Serve & Enjoy! The green takes a little bit of time to develop, so if they aren’t green immediately don’t panic. They’ll green up soon enough :)
Yield: Approximately 6 pancakes
When first prepared, not so green…
Add strawberries & could be x-mas pancakes! Also, delicious :)
Well, it’s the end of the week & it’s been a long one… I’m on Day 11 of my Whole30 & that doesn’t allow for a cocktail, so I’m going to have the next best thing….a MOCKTAIL!! Muddle up some fruit, throw in some sparkling water, & voila! I even have a lovely bartender on hand to fix my mocktail while I work on dinner.
Strawberry, Ginger, & Lime Mocktail
Strawberry, Ginger, & Lime Mocktail
2 “coins” of peeled ginger
1/2 lime (quartered)
3-4 ice cubes
1. Peel the ginger, cut a couple of “coins”, throw in glass.
2. Quarter half of a lime, throw in glass.
3. Remove hulls from strawberries, slice, throw in glass.
4. Muddle fruit. No muddler? No problem! We used the handle from an IKEA potato masher.
5. Add ice then pour sparkling water over the ice & muddled fruit.
6. Garnish, add a pretty straw, stir up a bit & Enjoy!
1. Slice ginger coins
2. Quarter limes
4. Muddle fruit
5. Pour sparkling water over the ice & muddled fruit
My boyfriend introduced me to this amazing thing….fried lunchmeat. I wanted some leftover grass-fed roast beef that I had thrown in the freezer a few months ago and didn’t have time to thaw it out for dinner tonight. Turns out that you can fry it up & have this amazing crispy meat-y treat. He used both duck fat and butter, so it is super tasty.
Paleo Fried Roast Beef
1/4 lb grass-fed roast beef
1 Tbsp grass-fed/pastured butter
1 Tbsp duck fat
1. Melt butter & duck fat in a pan over high heat.
2. Shred meat and throw in pan. Stir meat to distribute the fat.
3. Allow the meat to brown. Once the meat begins to brown stir frequently.
4. Enjoy! I’ve thrown mine on top of a salad, yum!
Brown the meat
Stir meat frequently once it begins to brown