If you do a hashtag search for mandalas on Instagram, you’ll be overwhelmed with the results. In the millions of posts, you’ll see a variety of mandalas, from a beginner to an experienced artist and also some phenomenal work.
Looking at some of them, you might feel intimidated. I know I was. I took it one step at a time and started with some basics. With some practice, I got a little better. I still have a long way to go before I come close to some of the work and artists I admire. But, the key is to practice regularly.
For me, drawing a mandala helps me focus away from daily realities and routines. I find it very calming. The repetitive patterns soothe my mind.
I had done a post on mandalas previously where I explained in brief what its significance was.
Let’s now learn how to make your own mandala
First, we start with the basic grid. All you need is a basic geometry set with a compass, pencil, protractor, and ruler.
Find the centre of your page and using that point, build your grid around it as shown in the video above.
Next, fill in the grid with layers of basic patterns. You can find many examples online.
I keep a journal to practice patterns and to try out new ones. I turn to it whenever I’m in need of some inspiration.
The next step is to fill in the patterns. You could make it as detailed or simple as you like. You could also choose to just colour in the patterns instead of adding more detailed drawings.
Finally, we embellish. Outlines, highlights, and decorative add-ons make the piece stand out.
If you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of my favourite mandala artists on Instagram
Share some of your art work in comments below.
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