What is a Mandala and How to Draw One

what is a mandala and how to draw one

What is a mandala?

The word mandala literally means “circle” in Sanskrit, but they are so much more than that. Mandalas are beautiful geometric images that represent the circle of life, the universe, divine power, synchronicity and more.

Evidence of mandalas date back to the first century B.C. However, they are likely much older than that. Mandalas have been found all over the world, from India to South America. They are a common symbol in many religions including Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity.

Christian Mandalas Rose Window Sainte Chapelle Chapel in Paris
Rose Window Mandala in Sainte Chapelle Chapel in Paris

Today, mandalas are used around the world as a meditative art practice. They utilize a combination of radial balance and abstract patterns to mesmerize the artist and viewer alike.

Why draw mandalas?

Drawing mandalas can be a tranquil and meditative experience. They are often used in Art Therapy as a way to disconnect from stress and anxiety. They help the artist concentrate on being present in the moment.

Drawing intricate patterns is also a great way to improve hand-eye coordination.

Drawing mandalas is easy and fun, and the end result is unique and beautiful.

How to draw a mandala

There are many different ways to draw mandalas.

You can draw them completely free hand, or use a template. You can create your own template by using a compass and a ruler, or you can download the templates I created here.

Generally when drawing a mandala you start from the center and work your way out.

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Drawing a mandala using my template

Incorporate different geometric patterns into your mandala as it expands outwards.

You can use many different materials to create mandalas. Pen and paper is the most obvious. However, people create mandalas from sand, rocks, leafs, crochet, yarn, and many other materials.

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Mandala made with yarn. aka Ojo De Dios or “God’s Eye”

It’s a good idea to keep a sketchbook or even a Pinterest Board with different patterns to refer back to for future mandala drawings.

Learn more about the history and religious uses of mandalas here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about mandalas, and how and why you should draw them!

Cheers,

Julie

Painting a Mandala on my Wall

This is a video I created showing the process of painting a large mandala mural on the wall of my apartment!

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I already had this beautiful turquoise colour on my wall so I just used silver acrylic paint for the mandala.

Before I started painting, I created a template using string, a thumb tack, and white pencil crayon which easily wiped away with a damp cloth after the paint was dry.

Some of you have asked me to explain the process of creating the template so I will attempt to describe this below.

You will need:

  • 1 thumb tack
  • string or yarn
  • pencil or pencil crayon
  • ruler

Steps:

  1. Place the thumb tack where you want the center of your mandala to be.
  2. Measure out a piece of string from the thumb tack to where you want the largest circle of your mandala to be (this will be the final size of your mandala).
  3. Cut the string and tie one end to the thumb tack, and tie the other end to the pencil crayon.
  4. Keeping the string taught, draw a circle all the way around, with the thumb tack in the center.
  5. Cut off the pencil end of the string by a few inches.
  6. Re-tie the pencil to the new end and draw another circle inside the first.
  7. Repeat the process until you get close to the thumb tack and cannot draw any more circles.
  8. Remove the tack, then use a ruler to draw lines across and diagonally from the middle.

You can use my Mandala Drawing Template as a guide for how your final template should look. Let me know if you need any more clarification!

It took me about 8 hours to complete this painting.

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Would you do this to your wall?

Cheers,

Julie

Free Mandala Mobile Phone Wallpapers

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Ever wanted to have one of my mandala designs as your phone background?  Now you can!

Since I’m in a giving mood over the Holidays, I’ve made some of my popular designs into downloadable cell phone background images.

Simply click on the design you want, take a screenshot, and then set it as your phone background.  It’s totally free!

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mandalas patterns art mobile wallpaper

Please do not re-distribute these images as your own and link to my blog here if you want to share them with others.

Follow me over on Instagram to see more of my designs, find out about future free freebies, and more fun stuff.

If you want to have these designs on cell phone cases, stickers and other products, check out my stores:

I hope you will enjoy these free wallpapers! Let me know which one is your favourite in the comments below.

Check out more freebies in my Coloring Pages section.

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Holidays!

Cheers,

Julie

Drawing of Mountain Mandala

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing a speed drawing video I created showing the making of my latest design “Mountain Mandala”!

After drawing the mandala I scanned and edited it using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. This process is not shown in the video, but you can find more details on how to clean up your line art drawings using Photoshop and Illustrator in this post.

I’ve started creating videos to work on my recording and editing skills, which has become a fun creative project to work on!

I recorded this video on my phone, which is funny because I tried using an old digital camera but it was worse quality than my smartphone!  It’s crazy how quickly technology improves.

To position the phone above the drawing surface I used a flexible holding arm I bought  from Amazon. I edited the video using Adobe Premiere Pro.

My Mountain Mandala design has been uploaded to my various stores, and you can see some sample products below!

mountain mandala drawing blanket

Mountain Mandala Throw Blanket from Society6

mountain mandala drawing mug

Mountain Mandala Mug from Redbubble

mountain mandala drawing tank top

Mountain Mandala Tank Top from Society6

mountain mandala sticker redbubble

Mountain Mandala Sticker from Redbubble

mountain mandala drawing wall tapestry

Mountain Mandala Wall Tapestry from Society6

Feel free to check out some of my other videos and/or follow my Youtube Channel to see more videos in the future. 

I have been thinking about sharing some tutorial videos and other things like that on my channel, so if you’re interested in that make sure to hit that subscribe button!

If you have any questions about my process feel free to ask below!

Cheers,
 
Julie

Love Life Mandala feat. Pantone Color of the Year: Ultraviolet

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Hi guys! Today I’m sharing this new floral mandala design with the words “Love Life” in the center! This mandala is inspired by Pantone color of the year for 2018 Ultraviolet.

I haven’t shared any of new designs for awhile and there are several new pieces in my catalog.  If you would like to see them all check out my Society6 page!

This design was not only inspired by the Pantone color of the year for 2018, but the quote “Love Life” was inspired by one of my favourite musical artists called Atmosphere.

If you’ve never heard of them and want to have a listen to the song, here it is on Youtube.

My Love Life mandala design has been uploaded to my Society6 and Redbubble stores.

Here are a few of my favourite products:

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Love Life Mandala Lightweight Hoody from Rebubble

pantone color year mobile case cover iphonex

Love Life Mandala iPhone X Tough Case from Society6

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Love Life Mandala Throw Blanket from Society6

pillows pantone 2018 color year home decor

Love Life Mandala Throw Pillow or Floor Pillow from Redbubble

ultraviolet love life mandala art stickers

Love Life Mandala Sticker from Redbubble

Well that’s all I have for now folks, I hope you are having a great start to 2018.
Let me know what you think of my latest design(s) by leaving a comment below!

P.S. – I have a little Valentine’s Day surprise for you all in the coming weeks so stay tuned for that. Make sure you follow my blog so won’t miss my next post!
 
Cheers,
 
Julie

Rose Gold Mandala Design

rose gold mandala pattern design

I am really in love with the Rose Gold colour that is trending this season, so I decided to create a new rose gold mandala design!

This design looks great on some of the products in my Society6 and RedBubble stores!  Check it out:

rose gold mandala biker tank top

Biker Tank

rose gold mandala mobile iphone 6 case

iPhone Case

pink mandala home decor throw pillow

Throw Pillow

rose pink mandala scarf redbubble

Rose Gold Mandala Scarf

pink mandala beach towel summer

Beach Towel

See this design on more products in my Society6 and RedBubble stores.

By the way, I have lots of new designs in the works that I will be sharing with you all very soon, so make you follow my blog so you can keep up with it all!

What do you think of this new design and the products it comes on?  Feel free to leave your comments below!

Shop all of my designs here.

I hope you all have a fantastic week.
 
Cheers!
 
Julie