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I love it when different projects merge together in a very natural way. I am noticing that because the creative process is so embedded into my everyday life now, it helps with integrating and deepening various themes and projects, and it's opened a kind of new dimension in my life, one that I greatly enjoy.

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I didn't have any ideas for this new moon/solar eclipse mandala. The day before, I went to Michael's after work, to buy gesso and I found myself meandering around the store. These beautiful neon threads caught my eye and they reminded me of Frida Kahlo and her life and work. By the time I reached the cashier I already had ideas for an entire book full of white, vintage, ivory and black spreads filled with these neon colours, gold accents, graphite drawings, embroidery and random papers glued together. That is what I call a spark of inspiration!

At home, I noted all of these ideas in my sketchbook. I felt so excited about them, and wished I had time to start working on this project immediately. Then I felt a little disappointed that this project would have to wait - as I am already involved in so many other projects right now. I also noticed that a part of me became fearful as the thought that "I will never have time to follow through with this" entered my mind. That part became sad and afraid, that this will be one of those ideas, that end up in my sketchbook and won't get a chance to spread its wings and manifest into this three-dimensional world. 

As I held the neon threads in my hands, I looked at my studio's table and noticed the pieces of leftover papers from my current project. I picked up a small piece of paper and started stitching it with my new neon thread. Then I painted over with gesso the mandala circle in my New Moon Journal. When it was dry, I glued the stitched stripe of paper to it and I went to bed satisfied and excited that night.

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The next day, I felt an immense pleasure while I was continuing work on this mandala. Things were unfolding organically and I just gladly followed my intuition and the creative process until I felt my work was completed.

I feel that there is room to add more here but I also know, that right now, it is not the time to do so. Things are still in the forming stage of the process; they will shift and develop - but this feels like the beginning of a New Cycle.

There is so much beauty, goodness, tenderness, and joy embedded into this mandala and it fills my heart with gratitude.