Don’t worry, I’ve got just the thing.
Studies have shown that drawing can significantly reduce stress levels.
Today we’re going to learn how to draw a mandala. You’ll be so relaxed by the time this is over someone will have to pick you up off the floor.
There are a lot of free ready-to-print mandala templates to choose from online, but you can easily make your own, which is way more fun. Not to mention better for your stress levels!
Hmmm… sounds good… but what’s a mandala?
The word “Mandala” comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language which simply means “circle”. It is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism with an intricate geometrical pattern that represents wholeness, harmony and the all-encompassing universe.
Mandalas, in general, contain a circle with a central point from which basic forms and symbols emanate. It can be filled with all sorts of shapes and figures like flowers, geometric patterns, numbers and so much more.
Regardless of what mandala pattern we choose, drawing or coloring it can be a great way to relax and meditate.
What’s in it for me?
Aside from being a low-cost, easy activity to de-stress, creating a mandala can provide you a ton of benefits.
Take a look at this list.
- Reduces stress and pulse rate
- Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
- Increases serotonin production
- Reduces anxiety levels
- Induces calmness
- Reduces negative and unpleasant thinking patterns
- Refreshes the brain and increases concentration
- Sparks creativity and stimulates problem-solving abilities
- Boosts immune system and generates good health
- Induces feelings of tranquility and promotes spiritual enlightenment
Easy Steps to Drawing Your Very Own Mandala
Creating your own mandala is quick and easy as there are no strict rules or methods on how one should look. The entire process is very intuitive and personal because you get to choose the patterns and shapes that reflect your own creativity.
Are you excited to create your own? Let’s get started!
Gather your materials:
- Sheet of Paper
- Colored Pencils
Draw circles of different sizes by using your compass or any round object that you can use to trace. You can draw as many circles as you want, depending on your preference.
Using a ruler, make equally divided sections of the circle by drawing lines across the center point. These lines will serve as your guide.
Start to draw organic patterns, working from the inside out. Here, I started with simple teardrop patterns and petal shapes from the center.
Continue building your drawing by adding various patterns and shapes until you’re able to cover all the circles you created in the beginning stages. Just allow your creative juices to flow and remember to keep a consistent and symmetrical design. As for me, I decided to use different floral patterns for the overall look of my mandala.
Start tracing over the pencil lines with your pen and enhance your design by adding decorative details like simple circular patterns. Also, make sure to erase all lines from your drawing for a bolder, cleaner, more attractive look.
This is the final step and my most favorite part of the whole process – Coloring!
You can color your mandala by using your colored pencils or any other coloring medium of your choice. Pick a color palette or try out different color shades and decide which one you like best.
Here are a few helpful tips to improve your skills in coloring:
- Take some time to learn basic color theory. Familiarize yourself with the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colors and know which colors complement each other best. This can really help accentuate your artwork.
- Use neutral blenders like white, beige, taupe, black and gray to smoothen out surface layers and create pale tones.
- Practice different shading techniques like circulation, burnishing, cross hatching, scumbling and pressure shading.
- Keep practicing and don’t be scared to explore coloring schemes and shading techniques that are different from the usual. Color how you want and just enjoy the process.
Voila! Your very own Mandala!
What a great way to de-stress after a long and tiring day. =D