Drawing a mandala is just like meditation – so relaxing and rejuvenating. Creating a mandala layer by layer is so fascinating and intriguing.
Mandala is a combination of repeated geometrical and organic patterns. You can choose any shape and detailing of choice. Just keep in mind that while drawing mandala maintain symmetry of patterns.
I know one can get intimidated by seeing a mandala and may find it difficult to draw a mandala pattern. However, trust me if you know the process, it’s quite easy. No special training is required to draw a mandala.
It can be drawn on any medium (like paper or canvas), along with basic stationery requirement. So, in this post I am going to show the flower mandala I drew on a thick A4 size white sheet.
- 1 white A4 sheet
- Fine tip pens (I have used 0.7 and .10 tip-size pens)
- Circle stencils (optional)
- Coloring pencils (as I’m sure you would be tempted to add color to mandala you have drawn)
Step – 1
First divide the sheet horizontally and vertically along the center. This gives perfectly symmetrical and consistent drawing.
With the help of compass or circle-stencil make 3 concentric circles (circles with common center) for reference. Center of circles must coincide with the intersection point of lines drawn in previous step. As you can see, this will divide each circle into four equal parts.
Essence of Mandala art lies in different intricate patterns drawn inside concentric circles.
Step – 2
I started by filling the area between inner-most and middle circles first. Here, I have drawn a flower with ten petals.
I first drew top and bottom petals along the vertical dividing line with the line bisecting both the petals. This will help you in figuring out the exact space left in each quadrant. In this drawing, space for just two petals was left in each quadrant. So, I filled the space with two more petals in each quadrant.
Tip – Dividing the page helps in better allocation of space and gives a perfect symmetrical drawing with less effort and rework.
Step – 4
Next, I added four pairs (one inside each) of petals (with vertical and horizontal guiding lines bisecting them) between the outermost and middle circles. Then I filled empty spaces in each of the four inner petals with three teardrops.
Step – 5
Let’s proceed to the next outer layer. In this layer, I added eight quartets (one inside each other) of petals.
Again follow the same rule. First draw outermost petals in each quadrant to get a judgment of available space. For this I first drew three petals but it looked too cramped, so I went ahead with only two petals. Since two looked fine, drew similarly in remaining quadrants too.
Tip – While drawing repetitive patterns (with bigger shape containing the next similar smaller shape), always draw outermost shape first and then the next inner one. This saves time and effort on repeated work.
For example, if you go the other way, i.e. draw the inner shape first and if not enough space is left for next outer shape, then lot of rework may be required. So, always start with the biggest size and then proceed to next smaller inside shape.
I always follow this technique even while drawing intricate Indian folk art, like Madhubani painting.
Step – 6
In the last layer of this beautiful mandala, I drew eight petals. An eight-petal lotus mandala is considered sacred in many cultures (like Hinduism and Buddhism). If you do some research on flower mandala, you will come to know how common eight-petal pattern is.
Here also, follow the same process of first drawing four petals on dividing line. This will give you a fair idea that only one petal can be adjusted in the space remaining. Then add the further detailing inside each petal.
Step – 7
After completing with mandala drawing, make it permanent with a fine-tip black pen. You can even use sketch pen or any marker pen for the same. After completion of pen work, erase the pencil lines. Finished mandala will look like this.
You can leave at this point, but how about coloring it? 🙂
How to color a Mandala?
There is no such rule on how to color a mandala. Just follow your heart! Drawing requires brain and heart, while coloring is just the work from heart. It’s often said, colors filled in a mandala reflect your state of mind.
In happy state obviously your hand will reach for brighter colors (like red, yellow and orange colors). While in peaceful and calm state you may reach for shades of blue and green.
I’m so used to adding bright colors in madhubani paintings, have colored this mandala too in bright color combination. Have a look at this colorful Ganesha madhubani painting.
So, color it the way you want. After all, you have created it with so much effort. You can even take multiple copies of the mandala you have drawn, and fill each of them with different color combinations.
I sincerely hope this tutorial was helpful to you. You may also like to read how to make a personalized name-plate.
In case of any doubt or confusion feel free to ask me, I will be more than happy to help you. Your question will also help others trying to draw a mandala. If you think something more needs to be added here please do let me know.
From here you can start creating your own mandalas and may be some day I will see your mandala coloring books. 🙂
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