Category Archives: Mixed Media Arts

Alive and kicking!



We have been open for almost a month and it has been a total whirlwind, but its been so much fun!

We have a ton of new classes added to our roster, including a bunch of yoga classes and a theatre class.

Our amazing Yoga teacher, Crystal, has added an adult yoga class on Mondays at 7:30-8:30pm which is filling up quickly! Crystal also has an amazing kids yoga class on Thursdays at 4:00-5:00! Crystal also created a Mum and Tot Class on Thursdays at 2:00-3:00 where mom’s or dad’s can come and bring their baby to the class with them. Child care is not provided by the child is in the room with the parent! So far parents are loving it! Such a great idea!

Kat has recently joined our yoga team and has added a ton of classes to our Saturday schedule in the Lulu Movement Studio! Kat has created a kids yoga class on Saturday mornings at 10:00-11:00! She has also added a class for teens to come and have yoga on Saturdays at 11:30-12:30! As well she has created a Paint a Picture Yoga class that runs on Saturdays at 3:30-4:30 which sounds really interesting and fun!! Kat has also created a Theatre class that will run for 8 weeks starting on May 11th!! Kat loves theatre and is really excited for people of all ages to join this creative class.

Our classes are open to people of all ages and abilities. We can tailor the class to meet the needs of anyone. Our centre is completely wheelchair accessible. For more info on these and other classes, check out our website at or email Jade at!

What an AMAZING week we have had at Mandala Art Centre


Our week started on Sunday with a visit from the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi. What an incredible man to take time out of his busy schedule to come to Mandala to see what we are all about. He of course loved that our main colour is purple, one of his favourite colours. He also mentioned that he too lived in the North East and how a centre like ours was very much needed. I was on cloud nine, as I’m sure you can imagine.

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Things didn’t stop there for Mandala Art Centre. On Monday, we filmed a segment and interview for Shaw TV‘s Go Calgary! show, a local show that highlights what’s happening in Calgary. A wonderful friend of mine arranged for some awesome kids to come and to do an art activity with me for the show. We did shaving cream paper marbling. If you have never tried it and have kids, try it, you will love how it always turns out and can be done by anyone of any age. The kids in this activity ranged from 3-10 years of age and they all really loved it. The segment aired on Friday all day! Here is our interview …

We also had a write up in the Calgary Herald on Mandala and what it is that we do.

We are having our Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday April 14th from 11:00-4:30! Everyone is welcome and we will be having FREE Art Activities, Face Painting, Caricature Drawing, Snacks (including some gluten free ones), Yoga demos and so much more! We are located at Suite 226, 5401 Temple Drive NE! Come on by! We are open to all ages and abilities.

A huge thank you to Mayor Nenshi, Alanna Nolan, Ange B, Stephen Hunt, Tom Babin, Chelsea, Beth and for everyone who made this week so amazing! As always a huge, gigantic thank you to my partner Ryan…he has helped me to make this dream come true.


Grand Opening Celebration – Sunday April 14th from 11:00-4:30


grand opening flyer April 2013

Mandala Art Centre is excited to be having our Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday April 14th from 11:00-4:30. We will be having FREE art activities, face painting, snacks, yoga demos/classes and so much more. Please plan on attending and invite all friends, family and others who would enjoy this kind of event. Our centre is open to people of all ages and abilities! For more information, check out our website at

I should also mention that if an event like this could be too overwhelming (which it may be) that I can be contacted to arrange a tour of the Centre on a different day. I would like to keep experiences at Mandala Art Centre positive so please let me know how I can help. Contact me at

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 14th!

Metro News Calgary did a story on us today!

metro news

Mandala Art Centre has been open for just over a week and we received a phone call from Metro News Calgary wanting to do a story on our centre and what we were doing. Today we were fortunate to have a write up on us in the Metro News Calgary! Thanks so much Katie Turner for doing such a great job and for helping us to get the word out about our barrier free centre for all ages and abilities!

Click here to read the article~

Alright step right up and sign up for our classes!


After months of work and organization, I think we are ready to sign people up for classes!

I feel like screaming it from the roof top! We finally have our website organized and a potential opening date of March 11th. SO I think we open registration and see what happens. Its been a very interesting and often intense roller coaster waiting to see what will happen. Ive had those nightmares where I go to the centre and no one is there or I go to the centre and its completely over run with people and I cant get in the door. I guess only time will tell. Ive arranged for some amazing people to teach at the centre in yoga, dance, movement, visual arts and music therapy. I have developed a wide range of class offerings and have a willingness to create what ever the community is looking for. I have made some incredible community partners that will make a class at the Mandala Art Centre worth while. I want to thank everyone who has helped me through this journey. Everyone’s support has meant so much and I hope to not disappoint.

Here are some pics of the current studio spaces. We are waiting on flooring and touch ups and hope to be moving in the first week of March!

Our Movement/Yoga/Dance Studio

The LuLu Movement/Yoga/Dance Studio

The Marseilles Visual Arts Studio

One of our visual art studios

The Powers Visual Arts Studio

The waiting room

The waiting room

Down the hallway

Down the hallway

The Marseilles Visual Art Room and the Office


For anyone looking for more information or wanting to sign up for classes or for our March Break Kid’s Camp at Mandala Art Centre, please check out our website at or email me at



If I only had one obsession…


I have come to realize over the last few months, that when inspiration hits, I will drop everything else to try my new obsession. I completely submerge myself into the medium and cant imagine how it lived without it or what I did before it. Recent obsessions include Zentangling, Mandalas and Art Journaling. There is a never ending list of projects and ideas mostly introduced to me by Pinterest and some amazing art blogs. So every day I am inspired to try something else. Here are some photos of recent works.

Zentangle Inspired Whale

I was inspired by a beautiful stamp made by 100 Proof Press. They have beautiful stuff and deliver to Canada! I loved this post on Pinterest and it inspired me to make my own.

 I loved this post on Pinterest and it inspired me to make my own. Check out this blog for more info.

Tunnel book inspired by the amazing work of Ingrid Dijkers. Check out her amazing blog at

Tunnel book inspired by the amazing work of Ingrid Dijkers. Check out her amazing blog at

art journaling page...

art journaling page…

I am in love with mixed media artist Tamara, aka Willowing. She inspires me...she has several websites, this link is her online classes. Absolutely worth a look!

I am in love with mixed media artist Tamara, aka Willowing. She inspires me…she has several websites, this link is her online classes. Absolutely worth a look!

My little flower, honestly cant remember who I was inspired by but I believe it was either Willowing or Suzi Blu, another fantastic mixed media artist.

My little flower, honestly cant remember who I was inspired by but I believe it was either Willowing or Suzi Blu, another fantastic mixed media artist.

Im so grateful to have the chance to see what others are doing and to be completely inspired and rejuvenated by them. I am also so thankful that they are willing to share with the world. The Arts community is an amazing group of people and I am proud to be a part of it finally.

I hope I have inspired you to look at these amazing blogs and to get out your art supplies and get creating!




you have no idea how pathetically excited I was today to open the door to the space and to see real, actual walls!! Holy Moly its been so slow I sure didnt expect to see that today! here are some pics of what it looks like so far!

Walls...real walls!!

Walls…real walls!!

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

My Office!!

My Office!!

Visual Arts Studio!

Visual Arts Studio!

OMG Im so excited! The plan is to be moved in at the beginning of March…so please keep checking on our website or add your name to our newsletter to keep informed on registration for classes.

I am still looking for experienced yoga, dance, movement teachers. If you are interested please contact me at jade@mandalaartcentre. com

A blank canvas…the space has been demoed…


After months of waiting, I went to my future art space yesterday to see how it feels with all of the walls gone…It became very real to see where the new walls will be built by looking at the drawings on the floor. I was able to stand in each of the rooms and finally see how big each studio is going to be. I could also start to visualize how things will be organize in each of the spaces. It was very, very exciting.  Seeing it is so different then imagining it. Ive been looking at blueprints for months, but seeing it in real life brought the picture into focus.

here are some pictures…

our space with the walls removed...

our space with the walls removed…

windows will be in all three studio spaces

windows will be in all three studio spaces

from the other end

from the other end

I am seeing things come together…I am hoping to be in the space by March…I will keep everyone updated on the progress of Mandala Art Centre!

In love with Adirondack Alcohol Inks…


In an effort to keep developing my skill set, today I attended a class on using Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks. Every Tuesday, the Scrapbookers Paradise in Calgary has a Twoonie Tuesday where you can go and be taught how to use new products. If you haven’t tried this product yet, you need to especially if you like to work with inks or mixed media.

During the class, I used Watermelon, Lettuce, Wild Plum and Gold to make this beauty, which I then stamped with Archival Ink.The Alcohol Blending Solution is the key to making this marbled look. This solution reacts with the ink to “lighten, blend, rework and remove” the inks. Its pretty amazing! For this project, we used Inkssentials “Gloss Paper” this paper works well with the inks as it is non porous and made by Rangers, the company who makes the inks.

I bought the Earthtones package of inks and made some pretty amazing backgrounds. The Adirondack inks work best on non porous products. For the seahorse, I cut a square piece of plastic from a saved salad container. For the heart, I put gesso on a precut “Art Part” heart and dress form and allowed it to dry thoroughly before I applied the inks. Even with the gesso, the heart and dress form were pretty porous. But overall, I think they turned out pretty gorgeous.  Can’t wait to incorporate these into some mixed media or journal pages.

Here is a link of Tim Holtz describing how to use the product.

Pinterest…Im addicted…


Seriously I can not get enough of Pinterest…I mean just when I think, I should go to bed, Im still on it for hours. In starting an art centre, there is a plethora of art activities for all ages and abilities. Tonight I was endlessly learning about how to use gel mediums as transfers onto any medium (canvas, wood, fabric). Its amazing.

The other day, I was trying to explain Pinterest to my mom, she is one of the craftiest people I know (clearly where I got my abilities from) so I really wanted her to get inspired by all the amazing things on Pinterest. But its kind of hard to grasp the concept of what Pinterest is at first, but when you get it…its like magic. Pinterest is like an amazing filing cabinet of topics all organized in one place. If you want info on scrapbooking, you type that in and a ton of images come up. If you like a particular image then you click on it (and hopefully its not spam) and it takes you to a tutorial or instructions on how to do or make something. No more searching, its already been done for you! I thought I was skilled until I saw what others came up with. Very impressive, but I warn highly,  its freakin addictive! The other day, my boyfriend had to come and literally and Im not kidding, turn off my computer screen so I would go to bed. Its pathetic…but check it out if you darE!!

Tonight, I got hooked on a vintage digital stamps that you can print out/copy/use for free. gorgeous site if you are looking for mixed media images. Beautiful selection of free vintage images. They also have an Etsy store.

Crap I just went to look at the link and got hooked looking again. Alright,  enough, time for bed. Check this out though, really great stuff.