Mandala means "circle" or center point. They often convey balancing elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. Nowadays, mandalas have become part of what many call therapeutic coloring pages.
For this particular mandala, we will be using simple figures such as scallops (or 'U' shapes), petals, swirls, lines and circles.
Things You'll Need
- Different size plates, cups or glasses to form circles
Coins or Deleter circle ruler
- Fine point marker
- Ultra fine point marker
Turn your largest plate upside down and trace a circle around it.
Using smaller plates, cups or glasses, draw additional circles of varying sizes inside the initial circle.
Alternatively, you can use a compass to draw the circles.
Use a Deleter circle ruler or coins to draw smaller circles towards the center.
Use a ruler to determine the center of the circle and draw a vertical line through it.
Use your ruler to draw a horizontal line through the center of the circle.
Starting at the top left, draw a diagonal line through the center of the circle to the bottom right of the circle.
Draw a second diagonal line, this time from the top left, through the center, to the bottom left of the circle.
Mark the center point and draw in four equal scallops around the inside of the smallest circle.
Proceed to next circle and continue to draw scallops around the inside of the circle.
Proceed to the next circle and draw simple lines around the inside of the circle.
Move onto the next circle and proceed to draw more scallops.
In the next circle, draw simple swirls until the circle is complete.
Draw a petal shape inside the next circle between the marked lines.
Continue to draw petals all around the circle.
Draw a smaller petal inside the initial petal and repeat until all petals have an inner and outer appearance.
Draw yet another outline of petals. Continue all around the circle.
Draw simple lines between the outer and inner petals.
Draw another petal in between previous petals.
Fill the petals with small overlapping scallops.
Draw small circles inside the scallops.
Draw scallops around the outer petals.
Using an ultra fine point marker, trace pencil drawings.
Continue tracing the pencil drawings.
Continue until the entire piece is outlined with marker.
Using a fine point marker, fill in the inner petals.
With a fine point marker, fill in the circles and outline outer petals as desired.
With a fine point marker, outline outer scallops and draw a line at the tip of the scallop. Continue all around the mandala.
Allow the ink to dry completely and erase pencil marks.
And you are done. You can make it as complicated or as simple as you wish.
Here is a diagram for you to print out and use as a guide.
These don't have to be perfect. Stick to simple lines and drawings... and have fun.