Fall in Love with Mandalas! Free mandalas for coloring & meditation

Happy New Moon! 

If you know me, you know I love mandalas. I always has have. Circluar and floral designs are and have always been my “go-to.” I’m pretty sure I started doodling them as soon as I could draw.

Tree Talker Art Mandalas

They helped me overcome my need for perfection in a lot of ways, and kept me inspired when I couldn’t think of what to draw or felt bored. 

I got a lot of practice in church and math class. They helped me pay attention, despite how it looked, I’m sure. I usually just started with flowers, and expanded them over the entire page with time.

In high school, one of my art classes required a concentration of twelve different, but themed set of  works. I chose people and portraits one year, but the other year I chose to concentrate on mandalas. 

The project required research and resources so I was able to learn a bit about them. This was back before google was widely used and I really couldn’t find much information on them! A few books at the library, and the information on the temporary sand mandalas of Tibetan monks was really all I had.

I didn’t learn about any of Jung's work until after several years of creating mandalas of my own. 

I’m glad I kept creating and researching them; they’ve have a profound impact on my life. I even taught a segment about them when I was teaching art class, and online courses several years back.

Tree Talker Art Mandalas and Spirit de la Lune Card | Free Colorable Mandalas

I usually never know what my mandalas will look like when I start and that’s the best part. 

Mandalas came up again when Marissa invited me to collaborate with her on Spirit de la Lune and that’s when my knowledge truly deepened. Pairing them with the moon phases and intentions opened up a whole new world. Spirit de la Lune eventually led to Untamed Truth Oracle, which also features a lot of mandalas!

A few years ago I made some colorable mandalas and honestly was never truly happy with them. I mean, I was, but they just didn’t look like the mandalas that I draw in my journals.

I recently was able to get two new programs to help me create the mandalas that I feel are mine. It actually takes 3 (sometimes 4) programs to create these new ones, but the end results are SO worth it! 

I've been creating a lot of mandalas this month, and today, not only do I have 4 free mandalas for you below, but I am releasing some new colorable mandala packs in the shop

There are 5 new “elemental” mandalas packs. You can get them separate, or the entire pack!

These colorable mandalas are a great way to embody the elements and meditate! Especially when paired with an intention. 

 

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In honor of the new mandalas in the shop and the launch of my patreon,

I’m giving you 4 free mandalas today! No contests or drawings. Just a free download. 

(I mean, you can sign up for my newsletter if you want. ;) )

Please feel free to download these mandalas! There is a sample from the "Air", "Aether" and "Earth" packs, and one that I made especially for today! Color them in and use them! I would love to see what you create with these. 

I use the colorable mandalas for meditation while I color them. They are great ways to slow down your brain and focus while utilizing color!

Colorable Mandala Crystal Grid

Color has a huge impact on our moods and emotions so coloring in a mandala is just as much a meditation as drawing one, especially if you set an intention, or look for a lesson while you color.

When the mandala is finished, not only do you have a beautiful creation, but you can use it as a crystal/intention grid or use it to charge your decks or cards.

I’ve also have a free downloadable mandala wallpaper design for your devices as well! 

I seriously create mandalas all the time... But most of them stay tucked away in my art journals or saved to my computer or phone. Some do go up in my Etsy shop as downloads...

but I'd like to share more so you can fall in love with mandalas too! 

Download this wallpaper background and let me know what you think! It is 25"x25" and 300dpi, so let me know if you have problems or suggest another format. It's been a long time since I've offered wallpapers.

Free Mandala Desktop background

If you enjoy mandalas too and would love a new colorable one as well as a new wallpaper for your devices each month, please check out my Patreon! 

There are several different options you can choose from to support me and my art! I even have tiers that include bi-monthly prints, mail from me, and even original paintings.

Plus, supporting me on Patreon will give you a better behind the scenes look at my my life as an off grid artist and oracle deck creator! You’ll get to see things first, and have access to the private feed and blog, including tips, behind the scenes photos and videos. I would love to have you join me on my Patreon journey! 

Please check out and download these colorable mandalas and wallpaper and let me know what you think!  Which one is your favorite? I’m partial to the birch tree one, but the teeth one is a close second. (I’m an Aries, I read we have a thing for teeth!) Let me know your favorite mandala in the comments and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram so I can share your mandalas!

Rachael Caringella | Tree Talker Art
 
 
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Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Breaking Through the Creative Barriers with the Lefty Oracle deck created by Kathy Crabbe | Deck review

Happy Monday! I am hopefully spending this week in the art studio! Luckily it will only be dependent on time, (and off grid chores) not artist block this time. Which is really nice. Last week I was up against a bit of a creative wall, and am so happy to have found this new tool to help me battle through these blocks. I couldn't have asked for better timing to have gotten this new deck!

I’m really excited to show you this fun and inspiring oracle deck today! This one is perfect for those of you who may suffer from creative blocks like I do. 

My last review featured some darker themes, and this one is what feels like on the opposite of the spectrum. I just love having such duality in my collection. This deck holds a very light and playful energy to it.. and I know you will love as much as I do!

The Lefty Oracle by Kathy | Review by Rachael Caringella

The Lefty Oracle

The Lefty Oracle Deck is a whimsical 54 card oracle deck created by Kathy Crabbe. The deck comes in a white box with a downloadable full color PDF guidebook. This deck was created entirely with Kathy's non-dominant hand! Each card features a playful fanciful character to guide you deep into your subconscious.

This deck made me giggle out loud as I flipped through the cards. It is bursting with playful childlike energy that I was desperately needing!

Deck Title: The Lefty Oracle

Creator: Kathy Crabbe

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About the Deck and Creator: 

"The Lefty Oracle Deck and 92 page Guidebook will help you break through creative blocks, identify your gifts and empower your intuition so you can move forward in a playful and profoundly life changing way.”

Kathy is a soul-reader and professional artist and creator. Aside from being a full time creative, she also offers classes and workshops. There is even a special class just for this deck!  She is also living in a hand-built house (built by her own hands!) surrounded by desert and forest. Her and I chatted a bit and it turns out we have quite a bit in common, and I've got tons to learn from her! She truly lives life creatively and is an inspiration.

(Read more about Kathy here

The Lefty Oracle by Kathy Crabbe | Review by Rachael Caringella

first impressions:

I giggled and laughed as I looked through each card! My initial impression of this deck was love at first sight. It's so fun to work with and the energy is just so refreshing. 

Something about the art is thought provoking enough that it makes you stop and really notice the beauty and message in the details. 

I absolutely love the white minimal background and the simple handwritten/hand stamped words. The simplicity makes for great self interpretation.

The deck is so playful and raw. Just flipping through it, I can tell it holds tons of healing opportunities as well... and I hadn't even gotten to the guidebook yet!

Size: 3.5'' x 5.75'' Larger than typical Tarot Cards

Number of Cards: 54 cards, with 2 "Mantra Cards"

The card's stock is 300 gsm, which probably doesn't mean much to most people, but this is the standard stock for most card decks. Which makes them on the thin side but proves to be a positive thing as the thin stock helps make shuffling the larger cards easier. No complaints here. The size of the deck is perfect for the artwork on it.

The Lefty Oracle by Kathy Crabbe | Review by Rachael Caringella

The doodles and drawings are so unique and fun. Each card is pleasantly unexpected and surprising. Like I mentioned, the entire deck was created with Kathy's left hand! This makes the movements and gestures raw, authentic and channeled straight from the most creative part of Kathy's brain. Brilliant.

When I was little, I broke my left hand, and my left wrist, so I've always had a hard time even holding a pencil with my left hand. I even got kicked off the Steel Drum club in jr high because I couldn't roll my left wrist. I still really can't. 

But in art class, I used to practice drawing left handed. I actually got pretty good! But working with Kathy's deck made me realize that getting "good" at left handed drawings isn't really the point. Working with the non-dominant hand holds so much more creative potential than that. 

The Lefty Oracle by Kathy Crabbe | Review by Rachael Caringella
The Lefty Oracle by Kathy Crabbe | Review by Rachael Caringella

guidebook and box

The deck comes in a simple white tuck box with a window to display the card backs. 

There are 2 mantra cards included with the deck, and a downloadable pdf guidebook. 

While the cards are great for self interpretation, I would recommend the guidebook for sure! The guidebook lists several unique suggestions for working with the deck.

The guidebook is 92 pages with each card’s interpretation and meaning, as well as expressive body movement challenges, non-dominant hand excercsises and other helpful insights you can use to fully embrace each card. I especially love each character’s song.

My favorite thing about having a digital guidebook is that I will never lose it! My phone is always with me, so I can always carry the wisdom of these cards with me. If I’m ever out of the house, and want to remember a part of my reading I don’t have to go home to learn more.

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The Lefty Oracle is heartwarmingly silly, raw and truthful. This deck was designed to stimulate your intuitive abilities as well as wake up your creative self... and you can really feel it by just flipping through the cards! 

This deck is actually very versatile. It can be used for regular readings for clients or yourself, but it is also an affirmation deck and a story telling deck! There are so many possiblities with this deck.

This deck would be great for writing groups, Moon circles and artist prompts just to name a few. The guidebook even has creative prompts for making your own deck or working in your journal. 

 
The Lefty Oracle by Kathy Crabbe | Review by Rachael Caringella
 
The Lefty Oracle by Kathy | Review by Rachael Caringella

What is different about this deck is that each card features a character. It’s almost like a deck full of court cards... but so much easier to read.

Court Cards can be a bit intimidating, this deck however is not. The messages are gentle but still bold.

Each card is unique and empowering. The cards are simple, yet intricate. I love how some cards offer an empowering phrase, while some are silly and some are left blank. This leaves so much to self interpretation and self reflection.

The left handed drawings are delightful to look at. Working with and even looking at art from the non-dominant hand offers us a fresh perspective. It causes us to see things differently.

I pulled a reading for myself and decided to follow the prompts in the guidebook when it came to creative journaling. I gave left handed art a go again... and loved the results.

     

It was so much fun working left handed again! Like I said I used to push myself to do left handed work in school. But this experience was different because I had a newer perspective than the last time I tried.

I really had to try to "loosen up" this time.

I started with the fox, (a trickster aspect inspired by the Carolee Card) but soon had to remind myself that it didn't have to be perfect. I moved onto the little tree gal in the corner, and again had to remind myself to not get sucked into the need for perfection.. by the time I was scribbling in those aspens, and flames  I knew what my affirmation from the reading was going to be. (I apparently give too many foxes and need a good reminder.)

Working with this deck was like a breath of fresh air. This process inspired some new ideas for the future, and brought up a lot of past memories. Reminding myself to draw with my left hand felt healing for my own inner child as I finally did let loose. The reading and creative journal prompt helped me realize quite a bit about myself!

I love combining tarot and oracle cards with my art and art journaling. I'm thinking I may use this deck for my next segment in Pull Pen Paint!

This definitely will be one of my go-to decks to break past creative blocks! 

It's also a great deck for self readings. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time reading for myself. Sometimes even with my own decks! I love how much you can interpret this deck on your own, but I also love all of the additional ideas the guidebook has to offer.

This deck makes for a great tool for anyone wanting to get to know themselves on a deeper level, break down creative walls, and feel empowered while doing so. The deck is a soothing one, created to awaken your intuition and stir your creativity in a gentle manner.

 Photo Credit: Lori Ann Beach

Photo Credit: Lori Ann Beach

  

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Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Turning to The Canvas - Art Therapy Through Abstract Art

Abstract Painting Rachael Caringella | Tree Talker Art

(I apologize in advance for the long picture heavy post! Hope every loads!)

When I was little I saw a therapist. I had gone through some trauma as a child (#metoo) and I’m eternally grateful that my parents took me to counseling when I was little. I don’t actually remember the age that I started going, or for how long I actually went. We went to a few different places at first before settling on the one we went to regularly. I loved her.

She introduced me to kinesiology, muscle tapping, and reiki, though I didn’t actually make those connections those things until only a few years ago.

I was pretty young, and trauma has a way of blurring years together.. so I don’t remember much about the sessions, but I do remember I was allowed and encouraged to color. 

Lucky Bones

Each session, she would ask me to choose a crayon from a bin that best matched my mood, then color a shape that matched my mood/emotion, then color it in however I wanted. She would often base our sessions off of what I drew and what they might mean. 

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but it was confirmed from working with her as a child. I learned how colors, shapes and scribbles show us what’s inside, while helping us release it a little bit.

If you follow me on social media and instagram, you may have noticed me talk about my depression and mental illness more lately. I've actually been hoping to find another therapist to work with soon.. but until then, to help express myself and get things out, I've turned to abstract paintings.

I read that May is Mental Health Awareness month, and my mental health has been in my awareness more than ever before. And there are way too many people out there who don't talk about this shit enough, and even looking for help carries it's own stigma. 

..but splattering paint in a nonsensical way has always been very helpful for me when it comes to expressing myself and getting rid of what I'm feeling.

I used to use a lot of these techniques for backgrounds of my paintings before I got super serious about watercolor and colored pencil these last few years. My acrylics and painting supplies have been sitting in a chest calling me for a while now, and I just never found the time (or reason) to answer the call until recently.

I want to do a more in depth post in the future about how abstract helps my depression and anxiety, but for now, I wanted to show you my newest pieces and tell you a little bit about them.

Just Cause it’s a Pretty Sunset, Doesn’t Mean it Will Birth a Good Day

I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit jaded when I started painting this.. Hence the title. Though painting it was a wonderful reminder that good days don't really just "happen" anyways. It usually comes down to the choices we make, or at least the perspective we choose to have... 

Speaking of perspectives, what do you see? I have heard this looks like a volcano eruption, a dragon's eye, and a forest fire. Isn't that the best thing about art? Just like good days, it's all about what we choose to see. 

The photos make it a bit hard to capture some of the details of this painting due to the gloss of the paint, but it features lots of beautiful textures and vibrant reds. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted black

Title: "Just Cause it’s a Pretty Sunset, Doesn’t Mean it Will Birth a Good Day."

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic

Size: 16x20 inches canvas panel

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Of All the Seasons, Spring is the Last that Should be Late

I couldn't just name this one "Spring Time".. because it kept looking like winter every time I went to paint this. So, the matter of fact title, is actually a bit of a plea for the warmer times to come back stay a bit longer. This painting features a lot of fun texture and was done in acrylics and oil pastels with colors that hopefully bring you feelings of spring. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted white.

Title: Of All the Seasons, Spring is the Last that Should be Late

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, oil pastel wood

Size: 16x20 inches on maple

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The Ghostly Hand Unveils the Glow of the Darkest Hour

This painting features abstract elements as well as a layer of snowy trees that hide a tiny amethyst crystal embedded into the painting, planted like a seed. Texture for the roots take up most of this painting... Inside the roots, you will see gold leaf paint and flecks throughout, and when you turn the lights off, the roots of the painting and some snow will glow for you. A reminder that seeds take time to sprout, but there is always some light to be found when we look for it. 


This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painting in matching colors. 


Title: The Ghostly Hand Unveils the Glow of the Darkest Hour

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint, crystals, glow in the dark paint, 

Size: 10x23 inches on maple

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This abstract painting is created with soothing blues and teals paired with cool dark grays and splashes of white that show you a surprise when you turn the lights off. Painted to look like and feel like a cleansing visit to the ocean.. 'Hear the break of the waves and see..' (there is no spelling error there. ;)) is about how often we tend to ignore or not notice some of the "signs" around us, even after asking for them. We tend to forget that the signs we ask for can show up in the most random places. I'm hopeful that this painting will be a reminder to keep a look out for the signs and messages you've asked for. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painting in matching dark grey. 
Title: Hear the Break of the Wave and See

Medium: Acrylic, oil pastel, glow in the dark paint, 

Size: 16x20 on stretched canvas

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Fragile As Fuck

This abstract painting features a layer of gold leaf and gold paint that can be seen peeking out from the orange, reds, browns, yellows and whites as they peel, crackle and crack down the fault line that runs through the middle of this painting. There is a lot of fun texture and shapes going on. 

I titled this one "Fragile as Fuck." The warm fire-like color scheme I chose is a reminder that whatever we carry inside us will show when we DO eventually break... and it's alright to break down. It's alright to let your inner fire rage and destroy, and it's alright to let your inner sweetness drip out like honey. It's all your choice. 
This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted white.

Title: Fragile as F***

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint

Size: 16x20 on canvas panel

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Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover The Sun

Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover the Sun | Abstract Art | Tree Talker Art | Rachael Caringella

This is a smaller abstract painting done in lovely and lonely dark forest colors. This painting has a beautiful shimmer to it that just can't be captured in photos! 

This painting was done on a discarded wooden piece of alder and I'm so happy to give it new life. This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted black.

This one was inspired by a poem I wrote that will be written on the back of the painting for whoever purchases it. 

I will also be posting the poem to my patreon shortly! (Setting that up is NEXT on the to-do list.) 

 

 

Title: Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover The Sun

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint on wood

Size: 6x12 inches on alder

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So, despite the depression, I've also been working on that deck whenever I can. I've added two new cards. Prints are available in the shop. I'm loving how this deck is currently turning out so far! It's definitely got some slightly darker elements to it then my last one. (Which I love.) Working on it has been healing in of itself. 

Lucky Bones

Mourning Song

A wolf in a misty landscape with a storm raging inside him as he howls into the void. Me too... Me too...

Size: 8x10 inch image on 9x11 inch paper. 

 

Medium: Pastels

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It's said that it's actually the back left foot of a rabbit that is lucky.. especially if it's found in a cemetery, AND on a full moon.. So, we are in luck. Also, no animals were harmed in the making of this good luck painting! This one was done for the deck that is currently in the works, but I wanted to release it as a full size print first.

Size: 7x10 inch image on 8x11 inch paper.

Medium: Pastels and pen

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Phew. Thank you for looking and reading! I always think it takes me so long to paint the things, but then I go to post and the entire process takes nearly a month!! (I started this post on 4-13!) I can't decide if time is messing with me, like actually speeding up due to the fact that we obviously live in an alternate universe or something... or it's my depression and dissociation that is slowing me way down. Someone. I need answers. 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.