Celtic Mandala of the Field – Day 10 Coloring

When I drew Celtic Mandala of the Field Flowers, I was thinking about how the pattern reminded me of nature and flowers. The design was inspired by a leather shield I saw at the Culloden Memorial Museum, Scotland, back in 2001. I had made a tiny sketch of a portion of the design (no photos), and devised the design from that sketch.

Culloden is a moor, a boggy open field covered with prickly shrubs and irregular terrain. It is famous for the battle for Scottish independence that was fought there, on April 16, 1746. The Scots lost the battle and their freedom from England. There were some awful times for the Scottish people after that.

Shields of the time were made of wood, covered with tough leather held in place with brass or silver studs. The leather was tooled in Celtic type patterns and were excellent pieces of art. The proper name for the Scottish Shield is targe (or ‘an targaid’, in the Gaelic). Modern artisans are making targes in historical and original designs today, many of which are used in the annual reenactment of the Battle of Culloden Moor.

Today is Day 10 of the Coloring Challenge

Usually I don’t allow myself leisure time for something as pleasant as coloring. It can be tough as a one woman business. But now that I have made a coloring book, and cards for coloring, I simply MUST sit down and color – funny isn’t it.

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Happy coloring



  1. We’re 2/3rd of the way through the coloring challenge as of today. I feel like I’m getting the hang of coloring now. Been thinking of you. Blessings!