How to Draw a Mandala in Four Steps: River Flower Mandala

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“As you can see, this mandala is a very simple design using mostly lines,” Deborah says. “The name River Flower came about because of the squiggly lines; each one looks like a river going through the flower.”

How to Draw Mandalas for Beginners by Deborah Pacé

“Mandalas are created from the center out, whether it is with a dot or circle. The substrate you draw your mandala on is usually white paper, drawn upon with black ink or pen. However, as you become more familiar with creating mandalas, you can start to explore and go beyond the usual. Mandalas are easy to draw. With a little bit of imagination and practice, you can take your mandalas to any level that is comfortable for you. They can be as simple as a couple of lines, circles and patterns, or complex, with fine lines, a series of concentric circles, and detailed patterns. Your mandalas are an expression of you, so remember, whatever you choose to do, enjoy the process.”

So What is a Mandala? A mandala is an artwork of intricately drawn patterns contained within a circular or square shape. The word mandala is a Sanskrit term that means “circle” or “discoid object.” Circles appear in nature (flowers, snakes, sun, moon, etc.) and in man-made architecture, and circles are believed to help individuals focus inward.

The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Mandalas can contain both geometric and organic forms. They can also contain recognizable images that carry meaning for the person who is creating them. ~Deborah

Scroll down to see a four-step demonstration on how to draw a mandala in this excerpt from Creating Mandalas (order your copy of the book here, where it’s part of an exclusive kit that includes a compass and protractor).

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How to Draw a Mandala: River Flower Pattern by Deborah Pacé

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Step 1: Draw the mandala circles and lines.

1. With a pencil, lightly draw lines diagonally and across as shown. Using a compass, add a 3″ (8cm) diameter circle and a 5″ (13cm) diameter circle.

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Step 2: Draw the beginning petals of the flower mandala.

2. Using the black .25mm pen, draw flower petals from the center point to the first drawn circle. Use every other line for the center of each flower petal, and bring each tip to a point. Draw a line down the center of the petal and on either side of the center line.

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Step 3: Continue adding repeating shapes to the mandala.

3. Draw leaves between the petals with each point touching the outer circle. Using the .5mm Micron pen, draw a dark wavy line from the top of each leaf down the center. Repeat to make a second wavy line. Draw a flame shape (with 3 curved lines inside each) on every petal tip.

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Step 4: Connect the leaves and flames of the flower mandala.

4. Using the .5mm Micron pen, connect the leaves and flames with a dark, slightly curved line. Then switch to a .25mm Micron pen and outline the entire mandala with a second line. Erase all pencil lines.

Click HERE to your copy of Creating Mandalas and get a compass and protractor as part of this exclusive kit at the Interweave store.

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