Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Mandala Tutorial

I have received a request to explain how to draw a Mandala & thought that the easiest way of explaining would be to create some step-outs.  Although the following shows how to draw the Mandala String I used in my previous post, the same principles apply when creating other patterns. It's a matter of playing around with the placement of lines - I don't set out with a specific idea in mind I just start connecting lines & see what emerges.

Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner as shown. Where the lines intersect is the centre of the tile.

Draw vertical & horizontal lines through the centre.

With the point of a compass at the centre & the pencil point at the edge of either the horizontal or vertical line draw a circle.

Repeat step 3 using a smaller radius to draw an inner circle as shown.
More than one inner circle may be drawn & the points at which the circles intersect the vertical & horizontal lines then used to create the  framework for a design.

Alternatively, as I have, mark points (a & b) along the straight lines & use those to create a framework as shown.

If you have any questions please leave a comment below & I shall endeavour to provide an answer.


brenda said...

How thoughtful of you Paula, I am sure lots of people will find this really useful.

B x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Great tutorial Paul, I'm going to pin it for future reference. Cheers, Shirleyx

Miranda said...

Great tutorial Paula and very inspiring! Thanks and if it's OK I will borrow one of the images for a tutorial on my blog about something else.....I was looking for that image with a divided square.....warm greet Miranda

Aquarius said...

Thanks so much for that great tutorial

isisimaginings.com said...

I'm definitely saving this, thanks Paula.

alexandra s.m. said...

I've really enjoyed your tutorial Paula, now, I'm starting to understand the principles a little better ;)

Heather said...

Hi Paula, sorry I've been missing!!!
I'm ready trying to sort everything to move back to the UK eeeeeek!!!
That is a great tutorial - clear and precise on the basic of starting a mandala. I think even I could managed that - would you believe???
I shall try and keep in more contact!!

Heather xx

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

This is gorgeous! I'll need to come back later and follow your tutorial to make my own mandala. Blessings, my friend!