How to Design a Mandala

Mandalas are circular designs with repeating shapes and they often have cultural significance; the designs represent the universe in Hindu and Buddhist cultures. In recent times they have been used by many people as a mindful exercise to help bring balance and relaxation. You can make your design as simple or as detailed as you want, let the design flow freely and evolve as you draw.

In this lesson, our tutor Charlotte White shows you how to create your own intricate mandala. If you don’t have a compass for drawing the circles, you can use items from around the home.

  • White paper – A3 or A4 size
  • Various sized circular plates, bowls, cups etc – or a compass
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Watercolours
  • Coloured pencils
  • Fineliner pen

What to do:
  • Start by drawing circles using your biggest circular shape first and working inwards.
  • Use the ruler to draw four lines that intersect across the middle of the circle like a clock. Add more lines if you feel like trying a more complicated design, there are no strict rules when it comes to mandalas.
  • Starting in the middle, make lines or shapes in one section, then repeat the same shape around each section to make a symmetrical design. You can think of flowers and use petal shapes, or geometric shapes like triangles. Let your mind wander and the design will flow out almost on its own.
  • Enjoy the process of drawing!
  • When you finish drawing, you can then add bright colours if you wish using paint, crayons or coloured pencils.



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