How to draw a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala

this is the image of a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala behind it

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This is a mandala sun and zentangle rainbow.

What is the difference between mandala and zentangle?

A mandala is composed of a number of circles organized around the same center. As for the zentangle, it is a well-defined shape, such as a circle, a square, an animal, etc, that is filled with doodles in a none circular pattern like the mandala.

Materials Needed:

  • A4 Canson or paper (white)
  • Compass
  • Protractor
  • 12 ” ruler
  • Pencil
  • Black drawing pen (0.2)
  • Colored Stabilo fine point 88 ( the colors used codes are: 88/50- 88/40- 88/54- 88/44- 88/43- 88/36- 88/57-88/41-88/55)

Step by step drawing instructions:

First- Rainbow Zentangle

  1. Take the right bottom corner of your paper as a center and trace 9 different circles with the following radiuses: 1 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm, 4 cm, 5 cm, 6 cm , 7 cm, 8 cm, and 9 cm.
  2. Using the colored stabilo pens start filling the circles with patterns. 
  3. In the first circle trace intersected curves using the 88/50 dark red Stabilo.
  4. In the second, trace woven lines using the vibrant red 88/40.
  5. In the third circle, trace seamless curves using the orange Stabilo pen 88/54.
  6. In the fourth, trace wavy lines, and fill them consecutively as follows: fully colored, points, vertical stripes, use the following yellow pen 88/44.
  7. In the 5th circle, draw green filled circles using the 88/43 fine Stabilo pen.
  8. In the 6th circle draw woven lines again using the 88/36 dark green.
  9. In the 7th circle, draw seamless zigzags with light blue 88/57.
  10. In the eighth circle, draw intersected curves using the 88/41 Stabilo fine.
  11. In the last circle, draw diagonal wavy lines. Fill some with purple and others with small circles.(Check the picture below)
this is the image of a rainbow zentangle
This is the rainbow Zentangle. As you see, each circle is decorated differently. You can follow the picture, the instructions above, and the video on my channel ( shared below) to have a good clear picture of how to create this Rainbow.

Second- Sun Mandala

  1. Trace the Mandala grid taking the middle of the purple curve as a center for the circles.
    The circles’ radii are as follows: 6 cm, 7 cm, 8 cm, and 9 cm.
    The grid lines are separated by 20 degrees. (check the picture below)

    this is the image of a rainbow zentangle with a mandala grid in the background
  2. In the space of the 6 cm circle, retrace the grid lines in black. Trace very small circles on the left side of each line as shown in the picture below. Retrace the outline of the 6 cm circle.

    this is the image of a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala behind it
  3. In the space between the 6th and the 7th circle, and in every grid section trace a triangle (check the pic. below)

    this is the image of a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala behind it
  4. In between each two triangles, draw a smaller triangle.

    this is the image of a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala behind it
  5. Trace an inner outline inside of each large triangle, then trace the small progressive arcs and color the blank space in black as shown below.

    this is the image of a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala behind it
  6. Trace long triangle, taking as a starting and ending point the summit of the previous large triangles, and the last circle outline as a limit for the summit.

    this is the image of a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala behind it
  7. Trace another inner outline on the right of each long triangle.

    this is the image of a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala behind it
  8. Inside the small triangles: mark a point at the summit, trace two curves underneath it and color the space between them in black.

    this is the image of a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala behind it
  9. As a last step, draw triangles between each two long triangles. Draw an empty small circle at the summit of each. Trace a double inner outline at the bottom of each of those triangles and color it in black.

    this is the image of a rainbow zentangle and a sun mandala behind it

Video Tutorial

Check the video tutorial below for a good clear picture of the Mandala drawing process:

A Sun & Rainbow Mandala Art for Beginners (Art Lesson 81)

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