Mandala Mantra Online Class May 20
Mandala Mantra Online Class
Saturday, May 20, 10am-12:30pm MT
Instructor: Lexis Krieg
Limit: 15 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your kit in time for class, register by May 13.
Harmony and joy are hallmarks of the watercolors created by local artist Lexis Krieg. Her Mandala Mantra features a short saying, or mantra, that's surrounded by an ornamental design of colorful brush and pen marks. Its purpose is to visually remind you of what’s important to you. The class starts with a brief discussion of color and harmony, then transitions to a short meditation. Let go of the world around you, align your thoughts with your inner self, and listen to the messages of wisdom hidden within. After the meditation, Lexis coaches you in creating a personal mandala to represent what you discover. Her own mandalas, she explains, represent her core inner life.
Before starting an actual composition, you’ll first work on making different marks with your brushes. (Interestingly, this practice time leaves your mind free to process what you learned while meditating.) For the rest of the time, Lexis works alongside you as everyone starts painting a layered mandala and then adds decorative pen lines to pull the composition together. Writing your personal mantra in the center is the final, and often revealing, step.
Lexis’s class is rich in technique and design, but it's true value is in connecting you to your inner creative self.
This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.
Please bring the following materials:
- Two containers for water
- Paper towels
- A set of watercolors with at least 10 different colors. Results are better with at least student grade pan or tube paints. Lexis suggests the OOLY Lil’ Pods Watercolor set ($) or Prima Confections Watercolor Pans ($$) as inexpensive but nice sets. A set of 10 or 12 colors is fine.
- Optional: small spray bottle of water for wetting your watercolors
- Optional: journal or blank paper for making notes after your meditation
- Optional: hair dryer to speed up the drying process
Class Kit Includes:
- Hot press watercolor paper
- Small pieces of the same watercolor paper to practice on
- One 10 or 12 Round Brush and one ½” Angular Shader brush
- Black Pen - Zig Memory System Writer Dual Tip
- White Gelly Roll pen
- Drafting tape
We ship class kits approximately 2 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number (check your spam folder) once your kit ships. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.
Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the day before the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Refund/Cancellation Policy
For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.
Lexis Krieg is the artist, illustrator, and designer behind Lexisworks, a business she started in 2008 as an outlet for her personal creativity. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t making something. She took every art class in high school, then left to study art at Minnesota State University Moorhead. While there Lexis fell in love with graphic design and, as she explains, decided to leave the “real art" to “artists.” She worked as a graphic designer for a while but, after being laid off twice, she ended up growing her freelance business to satisfy her creativity and her urge to create with her own hands.
Her background in graphic design shines through the art she creates now: custom murals, surface patterns, illustrations, hand lettering, and mixed media paintings. No surprise that her studio is stuffed with vintage papers, tubes of paint, containers full of brushes and pens, old sketchbooks, glue, and a collection of materials for her daughters to create with. She’s decided she is an artist after all, and enjoys teaching workshops as a way to help others discover their own creative talents.
When people ask Lexis where she’s from she takes a deep breath and recites: “Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and now Colorado.” (Somewhere in there she managed to live in England for a while.) Colorful Colorado became her home almost 15 years ago, and she’s been inspired by the Rocky Mountains ever since. Lexis takes any opportunity she can to get out and explore the Colorado landscape with her husband Bear, their two daughters, and their dog, Jackson.
See more Lexis' work on her website and on instagram @lexisworks.