Get Started – the First 4 Steps to Drawing a Mandala

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In this article I will explain in 4 steps how to draw a Mandala. This article is designed for total beginners, I will talk you through each step and show you exactly how to do it.

You can use this method to draw different types of mandala, the only difference will be the final colouring.

I have used a yellow background with coloured mandalas in this example but you can use any colour scheme that you feel comfortable with.

To draw a Mandala you need to set up a few things.

First, the drawing surface should be clear. The picture will be drawn in black ink so no other colors should be on the page. You can use any paper that is large enough for you to have plenty of room. I use 8.5 x 11 inch paper that is recycled from junk mail, but you can use whatever you have available.

Second, find yourself a pen or marker. If you are using a marker, choose one that is thick enough to cover the entire space you are using. Pencils will not work well here because the lines are too faint and hard to see when looking at the finished product. I prefer to use markers but it’s also nice to experiment with different types of pens and pencils as well!

Third, select an image of something that inspires you or means something special to you. This could be anything from an image of your favorite celebrity or an image of an animal, to a photo of your family or friends, or something that symbolizes something important to you like peace or freedom. Anything that inspires you will work!

Fourth, print out the design so it is the same size as your paper.

A mandala is a very special kind of design. It is a visual representation of the universe. The word mandala comes from the Sanskrit language and means circle, which is exactly what it looks like. It is divided into four sections, each with its own color. These colors are meant to represent the different aspects of life: spirituality, family, community and material elements.

I know you’re excited about drawing your first mandala, but I’m going to ask you to hold off a little longer. First, I want you to read this article in its entirety and then practice the first 4 steps outlined below. Then return to this guide and continue from step 5.

The first step is to find the center of your paper. For this you can make use of a compass or a protractor, but you can draw it freehand as well. The most important thing is to make sure that your center point is circular, not elliptical or some other shape. You can also draw a circle around the center point.

The second step is to divide the circle into four equal parts directly from the center point. The divisions do not have to be perfect semicircles, but they should be as close to a quarter-circle as possible.

The third step is to place a dot in each division of the outer circle, and then connect those dots to form four quarters that are equal in size and directly opposite each other.

These four quarters will serve as guides for drawing the main elements of your mandala:
+ In the topmost quarter, you can draw any object that represents heaven or spiritual knowledge, such as a sun or a star, or an eagle or a hawk.
+ In the left-hand quarter, you can draw anything that represents water, such as a fish or a fountain.
+ In the bottom right-hand quarter, you can draw anything that represents earth, such as a butterfly or flower or geometric

The word Mandala means circle or center. These designs originate from the Hindu and Buddhist cultures of Southeast Asia. Mandalas are made up of geometric shapes and vibrant colors. The designs can be simple enough for a child to create and they can also be complex and intricate enough to challenge an artist. The most popular mandalas are those that have spiritual or religious symbols.

Start with a central point, or circle. This must be done first, before you draw any other lines. The center is like the North on a compass; it’s an absolute direction, and you need it before you can place other points. If your center is not in the right place, nothing else will be right.

Note that this isn’t the same as the exact center of the paper; your drawing should not take up all the space on the page. There should be some empty space around it. (This doesn’t mean that there has to be empty space between every line—that would make it hard to see.) It’s best to leave at least an inch all around—a page from a notebook works well for this, because each sheet comes with a half-inch border all around.

A mandala is a pattern of symbols arranged in a circle.

Creating a mandala is a non-ordinary state of consciousness, similar to meditation. It can be used as a tool for relaxation and contemplation, and for spiritual growth.

In Tantric Buddhism, mandalas are used for contemplation and spiritual growth. In other spiritual traditions, they are used for many purposes including healing and self-knowledge.

The word “mandala” comes from the Sanskrit word for ‘circle’. A Mandala can consist of either geometric patterns or images.

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