How to draw a mandala with outer leaves patterns

this is the image of a mandala design created with a number of leaf patterns

In the previous tutorial, I have shown you how to trace five different easy mandala patterns based on the regular petal basic shape. 

These mandala patterns, as  I have stated before, come in handy when you get a creativity blockage while drawing, and, can help a beginner create his own mandala. In this mandala tutorial, I show you how to use the previous patterns on an actual mandala.

I hope that you will enjoy it and most importantly, I hope that you will try it and remember to share the results with me by leaving a comment below.

Materials:

  • Compass
  • fine black drawing pen
  • sharpened pencil
  • eraser
  • protractor
  • ruler
  • A4 white paper or cardboard

Step 1: Prepare the Mandala grid

What is a mandala grid?

A mandala grid is a structure on which we base our mandala to give it a perfect symmetrical finish. Drawing a mandala grid is very easy especially if we have the proper equipment needed: a compass and a protractor. In case the two pieces of equipment are not available you can check out my other post to see how to draw a mandala grid without a compass and a protractor.

a- Mark the center of your A4 white paper by measuring the center lengthwise and widthwise and marking the point where the two centers meet. Then trace a horizontal line and a vertical line crossing the center cutting, by this, the paper to four equal parts.

this is the image of two lines and a red circle in the middle

b- Trace 5 circles that have the following radii: 1 cm, 2 cm, 4 cm, 6 cm, and 8 cm.

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

c- Using the protractor, trace a grid line every 30 degrees. To do that, place the black straight line of your protractor on the vertical line, coinciding with the “0” with the center of the paper. Mark a point every 30 degrees, so basically you will put a dot on the 30 degrees, 60 degrees, 90 degrees, 120 degrees, and 150 degrees.

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Step 2: Fill the Mandala grid with shapes and patterns

a- Draw one regular petal on each 2 grid sections as shown in the illustration below

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

b- Inside each regular petal draw leaf patterns.

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

c- Retrace the outline of the first circle.

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

d- The fourth step in this mandala tutorial is to draw- right above the previous petals- one regular petal on each two grid sections.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

e- Trace a diagonal double inner outline.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

f- On the bottom line of each regular petal draw two opposite swirls.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

g- Draw circles in the space between the two outlines as shown in the mandala illustration below.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

h- In the empty space of the regular petal, draw teardrop leaves as shown in the illustration below.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

i- Starting from the summit of one petal and ending on the summit of the other petal, draw bigger regular petals as shown below.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

j- Draw four intersected curved lines on the top of each petal.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

k- Draw half a circle and color it in black.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

l- Draw down-facing petals as shown in the illustration.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

m- Draw a regular petal that starts from the summit of the previous petal and ends at the summit of the next petal.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

n- Draw a diagonal inner double outline.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

o- Fill the space between the two lines with curved lines as shown in the mandala illustration below.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

p- In the empty space, draw teardrop petals and color the blank space in black.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

q- Just like you did in the previous steps, draw regular petals starting and ending at the summit of the previously drawn petals. 

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

r- Draw another inner outline.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

s- Fill the space between the lines with small circles and color the blank space in black.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

t- Inside the regular petal draw a leaf pattern.

this is the image of a mandala sketched on a mandala grid made with different petals patterns

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