Mandalas are everywhere right now- grown up coloring books, clothing trends, and even home decor. They look fancy and super intricate but these step by step directions and free printable template make it easy to draw a mandala of your own!
What exactly is a mandala……
A mandala is a circular design, usually symmetrical design. The mandala has it’s roots in Buddhist and Hindu region. Here we’re making a mandala in a more generic sense. It will be a symmetrical design made of either (or both) geometric or organic shapes. It’ll look super fancy but be totally do-able for artists of all levels because it’s just one step at a time!
Starting to draw a mandala…..
You can either use the free printable template provided in my Free Resource Library or start from scratch and draw your own. The idea is that you want a central point with concentric circles of different sizes around that center point.
The circles will help guide your design. There is no right or wrong of how many circles there should be. Less concentric circles will make for a simpler design. More circles will be a guideline for a more intricate design. My templates use lines crossing the circles diagonally as well as vertically and horizontally. If you are free handing your design feel free to add more guidelines if you choose.
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Looking at a finished mandala and knowing how to begin to draw a mandala of your own can be overwhelming. While the finished product is crazy intricate the making is easy of you think of it in a step by step fashion. By dividing your paper into eighths and creating concentric circles around a center point you have provided yourself a grid to work within.
The templates I provided are super light in color. If you’re using these to get started the idea is that the lines of the template will disappear or fade into the outlines and colors of the finished mandala.
Whatever you do in one section of the mandala you’ll do in the other sections. Easy. Start drawing in the middle and think simple. Start with a simple shape and repeat it all the way around the circle. Use a pencil for this step.
As the paper gets filled with lines and patterns it’s easy to go back in and add new lines and ideas. Start simple and add to it.
Once you’re happy with your mandala drawing grab a fine tip black permanent marker and outline it, all of it. This isn’t speedy but it does make the design “pop!”
Now for color….