A Celtic-Inspired Mandala to Color (aka Support Your Local Library)

Ok, I admit it…   blogging is something I just don’t do enough, probably because images come to me way faster than words.    Today’s post features a recent visit to my local library, and as the result of that, a coloring page download to share, with a request*.

I’ve always been inspired and amazed by the intricate interlacings of Celtic designs and art. Maybe it’s the fiber artist in me.  I’ve had the George Bain Classic, Celtic Art, the methods of construction” for over 30 years, from back in the days when I dabbled with calligraphy. While it’s great for inspiration, the book was hard for me to grasp.   A number of years ago, (before Zentangle) I took a short afternoon class on Celtic drawing and came away frustrated but wanting more.  

And so began a long dance with teaching myself, from many varied sources. I’ve come to discover there are many ways to approach drawing these, and if one way doesn’t resonate, it’s worthwhile trying another.   The local Celtic Evening Prayer services at Immanuel Retreat Center in Bellows Falls and my pilgrimage visit overseas have only served to inspire me to delve deeper into this form of contemplative art.  And so I was led me to have a long conversation with Beau, the director (and fellow lover of things Celtic) of Stone Church Arts / Immanuel Retreat, where I’ve been offering Zentangle and Labyrinth workshops, and we decided to offer a Celtic Design workshop and course to the community in February and March of this year.

Last week, while deep in teaching prepwork, I found myself at my local library and saw a beautiful HUGE community colored mandala on one of the tables.  The director saw me looking at it and asked if there was a way to download or find mandala art to color that was of a higher resolution, which inspired me to draw an original piece that they could scan at any resolution.   Up to then, all of the artwork I’d created had either been sketchbook work, a couple of  Celtic style “carpet pages” (ala Book of Kells / Lindisfarne Gospels), some labyrinth art journal pages and small canvases and cards.
And so here is the hand drawn Celtic style mandala I created for the Putney (VT) Public Library to be blown up super BIG as their second communal coloring project –  I’m really looking forward to seeing what it looks like when my community does its work on the mandala (and promise to post an update with the finished piece):

Putney Public Library Celtic Mandala ©2017, Sadelle Wiltshire, www.tanglevermont.comAfter delivering the artwork to the Putney Public Library and sharing a photo on Facebook, a number of folks asked if I could share the piece as a coloring page.   And I’m happy to do so, but with a request.

1. *Our public libraries work hard to keep up with these changing times and technologies and funding.   In exchange for downloading the art I ask you to make a pledge:
Please do something to SUPPORT your local public library, (or mine!), a donation, or volunteer, etc…..
(Please share in the comments below what you intend to do)

2. Also, if you share your colored copy in any way: with friends, in person,  on your web page or any form of social media, PLEASE INCLUDE A LINK and attribution of the artwork to as below:
©2017 Sadelle Wiltshire, www.tanglevermont.com, with the hashtag #supportyourlocalibrary

Lastly, I’d love to see what you do with it!

Download a 150 dpi copy of the mandala to color HERE

By the way, the 5 week Wednesday night Celtic Knotwork Course that started Feb 22, is in full swing, but if you’re interested in just attending one session, feel free to contact me directly.   I follow this course up  with a day of Illuminated Letters  on March 18, with an emphasis on adding knotwork.    Just in time for celebrating  St. Patrick 🙂

Sadelle Wiltshire

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