Simple method of drawing a mandala:
1. Get a nice clean sheet of paper!
2. Get one of those geometric sets : You’ll need the compass, the ruler, 90 degree angled ruler and the half circle ruler with all the angles from 0-180 degrees.
3. Get a pencil and an eraser!
4. Get a black marker pen. I used this funky “Chinese paint brush” pen…
(it’s a Chinese Calligraphy pen..right, learn something new every day!)
5. Go find a table and chair! I sit on my bed with a little flat stool placed on said bed…whatever suits your comfort levels 😉
Now let’s begin!
Drawing the mandala
1. First figure out the center of the piece of art paper
2. Using the center point of the paper as the center of your circle, use the compass (the one with the pointy metal) and draw your largest circle. I usually subtract about 2 centimeters from the width of the paper and that would serve as the radius of my circle)
3. Then, draw smaller circles inside the big circle using the compass – the radius of each circle can either be 1 or 2 centimeters smaller than the previous. When I drew the mandalas each of the circles were spaced 1 centimeter apart. However, that does not mean you can’t experiment by varying the distances between the circles 😀
4. What you will get when you finish is this:
5. Next, draw a straight line through the center point to divide the circle in half.
6. Using the straight angled ruler (the one that looks like a triangle) divide each half again to get 4 quarters.
7. Then place the ruler with all those angels so that you can create “bicycles spokes”
8. Once you’ve done that…you can then proceed to draw your patterns! Start by drawing from the inside and then move out.
Mine are all drawn free hand. If you want you can draw one quadrant first, then trace it on a tracing paper and trace the patterns out on the other 3 quadrants. It would definitely make it more uniform.
9. After drawing the patterns, go over it with your black marker. Let it dry and then erase all the lines.
10. Colour your mandala!!
If you need some inspiration, just Google, Mandala images and there are hundreds of them out there 🙂
Let me know if you’ve attempted it and how you enjoyed it, okay? 😀
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