How to draw a mandala using only the arc shape

this is the image of a mandala, colored by half  with drawing pens at the botttom

Hey hey!! Welcome to my blog and to this new tutorial.

Today I will show you how to draw a simple mandala using only one simple basic shape. The goals behind this tutorial are very important:

  • 1- Learning a very simple and easy mandala design that will make a great head start for you.
  • 2- Learning that drawing a mandala does not have to be full of complicated patterns.
  • 3- Learning that beauty resides in simplicity.

Drawing a mandala might seem difficult and challenging at first with all the details and symmetry. But I will show you a really easy method to draw a mandala with absolutely no trouble at all. Once you get the hang of it, you will enjoy the benefits of a mandala and reach a high level of relaxation while practicing this art.

How to draw a mandala using the arc shape?

From the wide list of mandala’s basic shapes, I have chosen the arc to apply to this mandala design. We have all scribbled arcs since our early childhood. I remember the graphics homework we got as kids, asking us to sketch arcs, lines, and zigzags. Well drawing a mandala is not much different from this homework. Once you learn how to draw a mandala grid, the whole process of creating a mandala will be resumed to connecting dots and lines. You’ll see it is fairly satisfying and extremely relaxing.

In order to start drawing, get the atmosphere ready. Maybe play soft music, take a very comfortable seat, put on comfy clothes, and let yourself entirely surrender to this activity.

What are the materials needed to draw a mandala?

Sketching a mandala doesn’t require any complicated art supplies. All you need as a beginner is a piece of white paper, a drawing pen (if the drawing pen is not available, you may at first use any fine writing pen you have around), a compass to trace the circles, a protractor to mark the angles of the grid lines, a ruler (preferably a 30 cm long ruler), a sharp pencil and an eraser.

this is the image of materials used to draw a mandala
  • A4 white paper
  • 12″ Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • 0.2 drawing pen
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

What are the steps to follow in order to replicate this design?

This tutorial is divided into 20 detailed steps. Each step is presented by an image and detailed explanation. Get your materials ready and let’s get drawing!

Step 1

Mark the center of your white A4 paper by measuring 10.5 cm lengthwise and 14.7 cm widthwise.

this is an image of a ruler and a pencil

Step 2

Draw a vertical line and a horizontal line that crosses the center.

this is the image of two lines

Step 3

To draw the mandala grid, start by tracing 8 circles with the following radii: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 cm.

this is the image of a mandala grid with lines marking the measured of the circle radii

3- To draw the mandala grid, start by tracing 8 circles with the following radii: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 cm.

this is the image of a mandala grid with a curved arrow to mark the angle between grid lines

4- Trace grid lines separated by 15 degrees.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

5- On the first row of the mandala grid, start drawing arcs, one arc on each one grid section. Retrace the outline of the inner circle.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

6- On the second row, trace one arc on each 2 grid section.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

7- Inside of each arc, trace another outline starting and ending from the inner edge of the arc.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

8- Draw a smaller arc, starting and ending from the middle of the first-row arc summit.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

9- On the third row, trace one arc petal on each grid section.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

10- On the fourth row, trace an arc petal on each two grid sections.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

11- Inside of each arc, draw a smaller arc starting and ending from the center of the third-row arcs.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

12- On the 5th row, starting and ending from the middle of the 4th-row petals summit, draw arcs on each two grid sections.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

13- Trace a double inner outline inside of each arc.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

14- Draw on the border of the inner arc, a small reversed arc.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

15- Draw another outline of the small arcs.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

16- Draw an arc between every two large arcs.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

17- On the 7th row, draw an arc on each grid section, starting and ending at the center of the 6th-row small arc.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

18- On the last row, draw an arc on each two grid sections, wrapping two arcs from the previous mandala grid row.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid

19- As the last step, between every two arcs, draw a small arc.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid and an eraser

20- Erase the grid lines and now your Mandala is ready.

Video tutorial

On my YouTube channel, you can find the video of this tutorial and 130 additional tutorials that are easy and perfect for beginners.

How to draw a Simple Basic Mandala using one Basic Mandala shape only: an arc (Art Lesson 131)

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