How to Draw Mandala Art

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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.

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(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

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
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Coins or Deleter circle ruler
  • Paper
  • Fine point marker
  • Ultra fine point marker  
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Step 1

Turn your largest plate upside down and trace a circle around it.

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Step 2

Using smaller plates, cups or glasses, draw additional circles of varying sizes inside the initial circle.

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Tip

  • Alternatively, you can use a compass to draw the circles.

Step 3

Use a Deleter circle ruler or coins to draw smaller circles towards the center.

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Step 4

Use a ruler to determine the center of the circle and draw a vertical line through it.

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Step 5

Use your ruler to draw a horizontal line through the center of the circle.

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Step 6

Starting at the top left, draw a diagonal line through the center of the circle to the bottom right of the circle.

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Step 7

Draw a second diagonal line, this time from the top left, through the center, to the bottom left of the circle.

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Step 8

Mark the center point and draw in four equal scallops around the inside of the smallest circle.

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Step 9

Proceed to next circle and continue to draw scallops around the inside of the circle.

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Step 10

Proceed to the next circle and draw simple lines around the inside of the circle.

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Step 11

Move onto the next circle and proceed to draw more scallops.

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Step 12

In the next circle, draw simple swirls until the circle is complete.

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Step 13

Draw a petal shape inside the next circle between the marked lines.

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Step 14

Continue to draw petals all around the circle.

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Step 15

Draw a smaller petal inside the initial petal and repeat until all petals have an inner and outer appearance.

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Step 16

Draw yet another outline of petals. Continue all around the circle.

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Step 17

Draw simple lines between the outer and inner petals.

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Step 18

Draw another petal in between previous petals.

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Step 19

Fill the petals with small overlapping scallops.

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Step 20

Draw small circles inside the scallops.

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Step 21

Draw scallops around the outer petals.

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Step 22

Using an ultra fine point marker, trace pencil drawings.

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(Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 23

Continue tracing the pencil drawings.

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Step 24

Continue until the entire piece is outlined with marker.

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Step 25

Using a fine point marker, fill in the inner petals.

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Step 26

With a fine point marker, fill in the circles and outline outer petals as desired.

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Step 27

With a fine point marker, outline outer scallops and draw a line at the tip of the scallop. Continue all around the mandala.

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Step 28

Allow the ink to dry completely and erase pencil marks.

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Step 29

And you are done. You can make it as complicated or as simple as you wish.

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All-in-One Guide

Here is a diagram for you to print out and use as a guide.

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These don't have to be perfect. Stick to simple lines and drawings... and have fun.

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