Peaked Mountain Mandalas

Maine, United States

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Note from shop owner Thank you for your interest in Peaked Mountain Mandalas. I will be away from the shop for a few days but I will reopen on or before July 1, 2021. Please return then and I will be happy to help you with your order!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 23, 2021

Thank you for your interest in Peaked Mountain Mandalas. I will be away from the shop for a few days but I will reopen on or before July 1, 2021. Please return then and I will be happy to help you with your order!


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About PeakedMtnMandalas

Sales 435
On Etsy since 2013

Love of the outdoors and spirituality expressed in nature mandalas

I have always loved nature and enjoyed taking pictures, but I did not consider photography a serious pursuit until about eight years ago when I began experimenting with my photos on the computer. Starting with one image that particularly intrigued me, a colorful photo of an emerging maple leaf, I began creating mandalas and montages by digitally manipulating my photos. I construct each image step-by-step, isolating elements from the background, multiplying them, and experimenting with size, transparency, color intensity, and design, until I am pleased with the result. The process is one of discovery as much as creation; I never know just what colors, textures, and patterns will emerge. Creating nature mandalas and photo montages has become a natural extension of my lifelong interests in meditation, spirituality, creativity, and cosmology. I enjoy sharing my mandalas with others through my Etsy shop as well as at local craft fairs and art shows. My daughter, Ru, often accompanies me (or I accompany her) at shows and on our outdoor photography rambles. She is a fine nature photographer and skilled potter with her own Etsy shop, Ru Allen Clay & Camera. Our home state of Maine provides many wonderful subjects for our photos.

Shop members

  • Karen


    I've always been a creative person - I am also a writer and pianist - but becoming a visual artist has been a wonderful surprise. Creating mandalas and designs from my photos is a perfect way to express my passion for nature, art, and spirituality.

Production partners

  • Custom Photo Printer

    Redwood City, CA

    A professional printer of customized calendars, photo books, and other photographic items. We work with this company to produce our large wall calendars.

  • Photo Canvas Wrap Company

    Duluth, GA

    This manufacturer produces professional quality photo canvas wraps in a large variety of sizes, including square sizes. It helps us make canvas wraps of our mandala photos.

  • Custom Game & Card Printer

    Vancouver, WA

    This small American company prints my mandalas on items that I cannot produce in my home studio.

  • Spoonflower

    Durham, NC

    I use Spoonflower to print my mandalas in larger sizes than I can print on inkjet fabric myself at home. I trim, finish, and may add borders to the fabric myself; the completed items may be used as a wall hangings, spread cloths, table toppers, altar cloths, or small decorative throws.

  • Custom Game & Card Printer

    Madison, WI

    This small American company prints my mandalas on items I cannot produce in my home studio.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 30, 2020
Welcome to Peaked Mountain Mandalas. I am an artist who works with my own digital photographs to create mandalas and other symmetrical designs. I shoot many of my photographs at home in Maine, but I also take my camera with me when I travel; out-of-state sites include Indiana and Canada.

Making nature mandalas has become a wonderful way for me to combine my passion for the natural world, my contemplative temperament, and my creative drive. I never know what will result when I sit down to work with a new photo. I do not use any software that generates mandalas automatically; I create each one step by step, isolating elements from my photographs and manipulating them on the computer until I am pleased with the result.

My mandalas are available as note cards, plain or matted prints, and canvas wraps. All prints and cards are printed to order on fine photo paper or note card stock with Epson or Canon photo inks. Canvas wraps and calendars are produced with the help of outside printers. I also print mandalas on inkjet fabric for sewn crafts. I welcome custom orders and always enjoy a creative challenge.

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Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
You may return any purchase for a refund or exchange if you contact me within 14 days after you receive the item. Refunds include the purchase price and original shipping cost but not the cost of returning the item to me. I will issue the refund or ship the item for exchange within 14 days of receiving the returned item or evidence of shipping. For some damaged items (e.g. torn photos or stained bags) a return may not be necessary; in these instances I will send a replacement one time only at no further cost upon receipt of a photo of the damage. Exact replacements may not be available for some items.

If something should not arrive, please contact me. Problems will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Please let me know if you have concerns or questions at any time. I'm happy to help!
Iaccept credit cards (through Etsy), PayPal, money orders and checks. If you pay by check or money order please make payable to Karen J. Allen. Orders ship only after payment is received. Orders paid for by check will ship after the check clears. Orders paid for by money order will be shipped after receipt of payment.
Items are printed to order (except for crafts) and normally shipped within one to two weeks. Individual items may have different shipping times. If you need something more quickly, or by a certain date, please inquire BEFORE you order. I will make every effort to stay in touch with you from the time you place your order until you receive it. If for some reason shipping is delayed I will notify you. Custom orders, especially of craft items, may require extra time.

Shipping is via USPS First Class Mail or Priority Mail. Purchases will be sent to your Etsy address unless you instruct me otherwise. If you order multiple items, and the combined shipping cost seems high, please contact me; I will refund any shipping overages. I will supply tracking numbers for all packages except for loose individual cards and small prints which ship without tracking to keep postal costs low.

Some items such as calendars and canvas wraps, which are produced from our photographs with the assistance of manufacturing partners, may be shipped directly from that manufacturer. This will be noted in the item description. All other items are made directly by us and shipped by us.

At present we ship only within the United States; we do not offer international shipping. We are currently researching and developing a new privacy policy that will be compliant with international standards, including the GDPR. Once it is complete, we hope to offer international shipping again.

If the amount you pay for shipping exceeds the actual postage plus the cost of packaging materials by $1.00 or more, I will refund the difference. Domestic postage can vary significantly by region, and multiple items may ship more cheaply than calculated. I recycle shipping materials when possible to keep costs down.

Plain prints and matted prints are sealed with backings in protective clear cellophane bags and shipped in cardboard photo mailers or boxes.

Loose note cards are sealed with their envelopes in clear cellophane bags and shipped in regular envelopes with some reinforcement. Boxed note card sets are packaged in clear card boxes and mailed in small cardboard boxes.

Additional shipping charges may apply to orders sent to Alaska or Hawaii. Please inquire before paying for your order.

If you know us or have met us at a local craft fair and would like to inquire about free local pickup/delivery of an order, please contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
Due to the nature of computer displays and the printing process, colors of finished products may vary slightly from what you see on your screen. I adjust our photos carefully until I am pleased with the colors and hope you will be, too. If the color variation is more than you expected, please contact me. Watermarks that appear on listed photos to discourage copying will not appear on finished products.

I am happy to fill custom orders. Most mandalas are available as note cards, prints, and matted prints up to 12" x 12" square. I can also make trinket boxes with any round image and bags with any round or square image, with my choice of fabric lining. Some photographs may not print well at the larger sizes; I will advise you if this is the case. Custom orders of craft items may take extra time before shipping. I will give you an estimate.

If you would like a mandala in custom colors, please ask. I have many photographs and would be happy to create a new design on spec for you.

If you plan to send a square card by mail, please note that it requires extra postage as a non-machinable item. Check the USPS website to confirm current rates.

Off-the-shelf square frames are available at many craft stores; 5" x 5", 8" x 8", 10" x 10" and 12" x 12" are typical sizes. If you need a square mat you may have to order it online or cut it yourself; I offer my square prints already mounted in 8"x8" and 12" x 12" mats. There are many square frames and mats available at online vendors. Contact me if you have any questions or need suggestions.

I retain the copyright to all my photographs and images. I am happy for you to enjoy them, but please do not copy, scan, or duplicate them in any way. If someone admires my work and would like an item of their own, please refer them to my Etsy shop!