I love drawing mandalas. Sometimes these pieces of art become very complicated. But they don’t need to be. What’s more, if you want to draw something your friends and family will be amazed by, try a mandala!
I hope you’re not intimidated by trying to draw a unique piece of art. But if you don’t know where to start, or are hesitant to try, this week’s Creative JumpStart is an art lesson! Follow along and draw your very own mandala!
A Basic Mandala Starts With a Circle
To start your drawing, first, you need to make the obvious shape a circle. Depending on the size of the mandala, I either use a protractor or a template. Now, remember that mandalas are all about shapes. So as you’re drawing the foundation circles, think about what shapes you want to incorporate into your design.
For this lesson, you can copy what I do. But if you feel adventurous, feel free to add different shapes and lines. Get creative!
Once you draw the main circle, you’re well on your way to drawing a simple mandala. Next up, draw the inner circles. Did you ever play with Legos? It’s similar, you’re building the blocks of your mandala.
Now your drawing is more than just a drawing, it’s a mandala! For this design, I used a circle template so I have different size templates. Now it’s time to get creative.
I don’t want you to be intimidated. Don’t worry about the details. I’ll give you those. You’ll learn that patterns are the key to the design. Remember the idea of shapes? First, we started with circles. Now, we add some triangles. Everything we needed to know we learned in kindergarten.
Now, before we go any further, let’s take a little break. Before adding more intricate work, remember, you’re free to create what you want. What I’m showing you with this post is just an example.
A little inspiration. You can do what I’m drawing or do something totally your own!
Now, let’s add some circles and a few more triangles.
That’s it. So print out the images and trace. Or try this free-hand. Either way, stay creative. Don’t give it up. Just draw. It’s that simple. Don’t worry what it looks like. You don’t have to show anyone.
Before you go, I intentionally left the inner circles empty. I want you to add your own design, your own shapes, and lines. Experiment!