What do you do when you’re angry and sad? What is the mechanism you adopt to reduce your anxiety?
Practicing art in the time of stress is one of the most effective methods to reduce it. But it doesn’t need an artist to take art as a getaway method. Anyone, and yes, I mean anyone can draw.
In meditative arts, everyone is an artist. We are all creative and we can all express this creativity.
Just have faith in yourself.
In this Mandala tutorial, like in all my meditative art tutorials, I guide you step by step through the whole Mandala drawing process and I do my best to present the project to you in a simple way in order to encourage every person to try this art.
This work, as a meditative art teacher, is for me more of a message than a carrier. And when you try my tutorials and share them with me, you, in your turn, will help me smile 🙂 🙂
If you have tried my other Mandalas you will see that we always start with a Mandala grid. A Mandala grid is in fact the base structure of every Mandala that makes drawing easy and fun. The goal behind a grid is to make symmetry accessible effortlessly.
A Mandala grid does not have standard sizes. Each mandala design requires a different grid, based on the idea we want to reproduce on our canvas.
Now, get your pens and pencils ready, and let’s start!!
There are a few materials that you always have to have by your side when drawing a Mandala.
- A5 white paper
- Fine drawing pen (black)
To trace a Mandala grid you need a compass and a protractor.
When I first started drawing a Mandala, I always wondered what the basic shapes are, that I could use in order to create my own designs. The basic shapes of a Mandala are simple, based on a number of geometrical shapes that you later can develop.
These are the basic Mandala shapes. Now as a beginner, you can start creating mandalas with just these shapes without filling them with patterns. After a bit of practice, you will be able to start adding patterns inside of each shape.
I will show you an example in the picture below. You are welcome to click on the picture to go to the tutorial that will show you, step by step, how these Mandala patterns were drawn.
So as you see the basic shape in all four patterns is the regular petal. The difference is the designs added inside to emphasize the shape and to give our Mandala a special touch.
Now I believe you are ready to start drawing so let’s go! Remember to share the final drawing with me.
Always start from the center of your Mandala. I have added a picture of the basic shape we are using in the first step. The double-pointed teardrop. Trace each teardrop on two grid sections.
What is a grid section?
In the mandala grid, the intersections of the circles and lines form grid sections that we use as a landmark to place the patterns.
Draw regular petals on each four grid sections.
Inside of each drawn petal in step 2, add small arc petals (about four small arc petals in each regular petal). In order to draw arc petals that are symmetrical in height, it will be useful to trace, using your compass, a 1.3 cm radius circle, and consider the outline of this circle as a borderline.
Trace the outline of the 1.3 cm circle you drew and color the blank spaces between this line and the arc petals in black.
In the remaining empty space of the petals drawn in step 2, trace arc petals to fill the whole space. Always start by the center, which is also the biggest arc petal, then trace those on the side.
- Color the blank spaces in the petals in black.
- Trace tear drops between each 2 petals.
- Add a dot on top of each tear drop.
In the space between the second and third circle, draw arc petals, tracing one arc petal on each grid section.
Add one swirl on the bottom of each arc petal as shown in the picture below.
Add a double outline on top of each arc petal.
Add two small teardrops on the corner of each swirl.
Add a dot on the right internal side of each arc petal.
In steps 12 and 13 we will draw intersected regular petals. In order to do this, start as a first step by tracing a curved line taking the left side of each arc petal as a starting point, and curving the line towards the right.
Do the same as step 12 but in reverse. Taking the right upper side of each arc petal as a starting point and curving the line towards the left.