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Originally, a mandala is a religious Buddhist image used for various rituals and religious practices. As a token, a mandala reflects the Universe and the divine world; as a multi-layered geometric figure, it depicts a complex system of equidistant elements, closed into an integral system. Due to its sacred origins, mandala is a popular tool of art therapy techniques. Being an object of distinctive aesthetic value, a mandala is used as an art object, and every year it finds more and more recognition among ordinary people.
To create mandala art you will need the following materials:
Step 1. This mandala tutorial starts with some standard basic elements: find the center of the sheet of paper and draw two lines intersecting at 90 degrees in the center of the sheet (the point you marked earlier) to form a cross. Draw 2 more lines through the center so that they divide each quarter of this cross in half.
Step 2. Since any mandala drawing contains many circular elements, at the next stage, a drawing compass is actively involved in the work. From the center of the image, draw 6 circles with a drawing compass, gradually increasing the radius of each circle.
Step 3. It's time to start creating mandala patterns directly. For beginners, it is recommended to do this step with a lead pencil first, while experienced artists can use a black marker straight away. Trace all the circles with a black marker, outline the first central circle with a thick black line, and shade the second one with vertical lines. Leave the next 2 circles unadorned, and on the fourth one, make a double semicircle pattern.
Step 4. Slowly move from the center of the picture to its edge, creating pattern elements of the 5th circle crosswise: first draw a semicircle of the petal on the upper guide line, then on the bottom one, then on the right and left side. After that, fill in the gap between them with similar elements - this will make the mandala symmetrical. It is very easy to create original mandala designs this way. You can come up with your own design by finding fresh ideas among easy things to draw we have offered.
Step 5. Draw the elements of the sharp petals inside the sectors of the 6th circle crosswise: place sharp double petals inside each sector. Then, draw an outer chain of tiny semicircles that frame the main petal row of the 5th circle.
Step 6. Add decorations to the mandala: inside each petal of the 5th circle, draw a droplet emanating from the center of each sector. Then add a bundle of three connected droplets along the outer edge of the 6th circle, placing them at the junction between the petals. Do not forget to remove all auxiliary pencil lines with an eraser carefully. At this stage, the mandala drawing is ready, it remains to color it. You can use such a template as an adult coloring pages, the mandala is perfect for use in this printable form.
Step 7. Leave the 1st and 3rd circles as they are (unpainted paper), and use yellow for the base of the second and fourth circles. Paint the third circle with orange watercolor, slightly darkening the shade of paint on its edge. Paint the outer lace chain (small semicircle pattern) of the 3rd circle with red, and the 4th with green. Use yellow as the base color for the 4th circle with an orange tint in the outer corners.
Step 8. Slowly move on, gradually painting circles from the center of the mandala to its edges. For the 5th circle, use blue watercolor (as the base color) with a few drops of darker paint at the edge of each petal. This gradient effect, as shown in the picture above, can be obtained by dropping a drop of additional color onto the still wet base paint.
Step 9. Use a light purple color to paint over the last, 6th circle of the mandala. Use a deeper purple as a complementary color and create a gradient by dropping it at the edge of each petal.
Step 10. At the final stage of coloring the mandala, color the outer droplet ornaments of the 6th circle with lilac. Color the additional chain of small petals of the 5th circle with light green and yellow alternately. Also add radial rays emanating from the corners of each petal, and tiny swirls on the 4th circle petals for decoration.
These unique coloring pages will not only help you relax and meditate after a busy day, but also allow you to enjoy the wealth of the color palette. Create your own kaleidoscope of colors that shimmer across your coloring pages like bright lights in a starry sky!
And this solid terracotta coloring page will suit the staunch and warlike artists ready for any challenge: both for military service and the detailed, painstaking work of creating the smallest mandala pattern. This coloring page with a million small elements will not let you get bored definitely!
Mandala drawing is like an art therapy. Mandalas are great tools for meditation and increasing self-awareness. A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in form. In fact, 'mandala' is a Sanskrit word that means 'circle'. Mandalas generally have one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.
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Grace is an inspired editor and aspiring rock artist. Her passion for rock art began 5 years ago when she accidentally stumbled upon a kindness rock on her way home. Since then, she devotes all her free time to rock painting and happily shares her experience and inspiration with novice artists.
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