This tutorial includes both a mandala and a zentangle.
What is the difference between the two?
A mandala, a word that means circle or universe in the Sanskrit language, represents a number of circles organized around the same center. In these circles, we reproduce symmetrical patterns while respecting the lines of a circle. A zentangle represents a well-defined shape in which we have doodled. The patterns in a zentangle can be randomly drawn, not necessarily symmetrical, and definitely not repeated in a circular movement.
All Mandalas are circular when zentangle can take any desired shape from geometrical shapes to animals.
So in this tutorial, we have a zentangle wolf and a moon mandala. Therefore, you will be able to learn both techniques. In addition to that, I have added a beautiful watercolor background to give the wolf a strong rise. To see how the background was made check the video at the bottom of this post.
- A4 white cardboard
- Compass with a pencil
- Compass with a black pen
- 0.8 black drawing pen
- 0.2 black drawing pen
The Zentangle Wolf
Trace the outline of the wolf as shown in the illustration below using a 0.8 black drawing pen.
Decorate the inside of the wolf as shown in the illustration below using a 0.2 black drawing pen.
The moon mandala
Get a compass in which you can install a black drawing pen. In this compass, I have used the Stabilo fine 88.
Draw the circles of the mandala grid using the compass shown above. The center of the circles is the opening of the wolf’s mouth.The radiuses are: 3 cm, 4 cm, 6 cm, 7 cm, 7.5 cm, 8 cm and 9 cm.
Trace the grid lines of the mandala separated by 10 degrees.
Draw a pointed petal on every 2 grid section.
Inside the pointed petal, draw a swirl at the bottom of each. Then between every two pointed petals draw a teardrop.
On the next row, draw one arc petal on each grid section.
In the space between the 3rd and 4th circle, draw a pointed petal on each 2 grid sections.
Fill each pointed petal with arcs from big to small. Color the blank spaces in black.
Draw a teardrop between every 2 pointed petals.
On the next row, draw one swirl in each grid section.
Retrace the grid lines in the space between the two last circles.