How to draw a mandala design using only the triangle shape

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This tutorial makes drawing a mandala extremely easy. This design is simplified into 29 detailed steps with pictures that will help you recreate this basic mandala without getting lost through the whole procedure.

I have chosen one single basic shape and I have applied it to the whole mandala for one simple reason. I always try to prove to you that drawing a mandala can be as simple as doodling a number of triangles on a grid as this tutorial shows. Another point I always try to prove behind my tutorials is that meditative arts are for everyone and they do not require any artistic skills. And every person can become an artist if he has the will and the passion.

Meditative arts, and more precisely mandala art, is simple once we catch the few main and basic steps.

So the rule number one in drawing a mandala, and in making drawing a mandala easy for beginners, is to, actually, draw a mandala grid. A mandala grid is in fact a web created from tracing a number of circles and equally separated lines. To draw the grid it is preferable if we have a compass and a protractor to make the tracing process easy.

I have created many videos that explain how to draw a mandala grid and that show you in a light way what are the different steps required to draw a mandala.

I will share the links and please click and watch and let me know how well they helped you.

1- Beginners Guide: Mandala 101

Beginners Guide: How to draw Mandalas 101 (Art Lesson 76)

2- All you need to Know about Mandala Art

How to draw Mandala for Beginners | step by step | doodle art | Art Lesson 62

3- What is a Mandala Grid

Learn how to draw a mandala grid in a step by step tutorial

How to draw a Basic Mandala using one single Basic Shape

Supplies:

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  • A4 white cardboard or paper
  • Sharpened Pencil
  • Compass
  • 12″ Ruler
  • 0.5 black drawing pen
  • Eraser
  • Protractor

Directions:

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Step 1: Mark the center of the paper

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Step 2: The center of the paper will be the center of the mandala circles.

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Step 3: Trace nine circles with the following radii: 1 , 2.5, 4, 5, 6, 7.5, 8, 9, and 9.5 cm

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Step 4:  Using the protractor, trace grid lines separated by 10 degrees.

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Step 5:  Color the middle circle in black, then, on the 2nd row, draw triangles on every two grid sections.

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Step 6: In between every 2 triangles, draw a reversed triangle as shown in the picture.

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Step 7: Retrace the outline of the 2nd circle.

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Step 8: Inside the reversed triangles, draw smaller reversed triangles.

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Step 9: On the third row, trace a triangle on every 2 Mandala grid sections.

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Step 10: Trace another inner line on one side of these triangles.

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Step 11: On the inner side of the triangles, and in the space created between the double line and mainline, draw a complete small triangle.

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Step 12: Color the small triangles of the 2nd row in black.

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Step 13:  Between every 2 triangles of the 3rd row, draw a triangle as shown in the picture.

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Step 14: Color the smaller triangle of the 3rd Mandala row in black.

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Step 15: Trace a double outline for these outter triangles and color it in black.

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Step 16: On the 4th row, trace a triangle on every 2 grid sections, having as a start and end point the summits of the 3rd row triangles. 

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Step 17: Retrace the outline of the 4th circle.

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Step 18: Between each 2 triangles, draw a reversed triangle as shown in the picture.

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Step 19: On the inner side of each main triangle trace a double outline on one side only.

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Step 20: Color the double outline in black.

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Step 21: On the 5th Mandala grid row, draw a triangle on each grid section.

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Step 22: On the 6th row, draw a triangle on each 2 grid sections between the 5th and 6th circle’s outlines.

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Step 23: Between the large triangles, trace thin triangles with a sided double outline as shown in the Mandala picture.

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Step 24: Color the sided double oultine in black.

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Step 25: On the 7th Mandala row, trace a triangle, right on top of the large 6th row triangles, starting from the bottom side of the mentionned triangles and reaching the outline of the 7th circle. 

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Step 26: Trace wide triangles, starting and ending at the sides of the previously drawn triangles as shown in the mandala picture above.

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Step 27: On the 8th row, and right on top of the thin triangles of the 7th row, and starting and ending from the sides of these mentionned triangles, draw tall and thin triangles as shown in the mandala picture above. 

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Step 28: Between these thin triangles, draw larger triangles that end and start from their bottom side.

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Step 29: On the last row, trace triangles right above the thin triangles on the 8th row.

The Video Tutorial

How to draw a Simple Basic Mandala using one Basic Mandala shape only: a triangle (Art Lesson 129)

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