How to paint Mandalas

paint Mandalas

Mandala is an image with a secret meaning. It reflects the inner world of a person, charging with positive energy and giving harmony with the world around.

How to learn how to paint Mandalas?

Mandala is a sacred symbol, which is revered and popular in the East. The Mandala is a complex graphic image.  Most often this drawing is a square (or other figure) inscribed in a circle. Literally, the word “Mandala” translates to “circle,” so the image is most often circular in shape.

So why do you draw a Mandala? The fact is that during the creation of the image, one is immersed in meditation – “dipping” into the subconscious mind. This is necessary in order to be able to sort out their own thoughts, to understand the people around them and nature, to find harmony.

Real Mandalas, of course, are quite different from those that a person can draw. In the original, the Mandala is drawn in sand by Buddhists and Hindus. This image adorns the walls of temples and helps the faithful to pray.

Not for nothing they say that the Mandala is a “frozen prayer,” because it really reflects the spiritual world of a person at the time of drawing.

If you are new to Mandala drawing, then you should not use sand, but the most common writing and drawing tools. So what do you need to draw a Mandala? You will need:

  • Colored pencils
  • Colored felt-tip pens
  • Colored pens (gel pens, oil pens, ballpoint pens)
  • Lineipens (felt-tip pens with a very thin tip, up to 0.1 mm)
  • Rapidographs (pens with inkwells)
  • Paints (acrylic, oil, watercolor, gouache)

First you should draw a schematic (wireframe) image of the Mandala and only then paint in different colors.

It doesn’t matter what color or size your Mandala drawing will be. The main thing is its colorfulness, “juiciness” of colors, their contrast and variety of details. The more detailed your image, the more beautiful the Mandala will be.

It’s also worth to know that each Mandala has its own specific meaning. Some of them can attract people to financial well-being, others to happiness or harmony. Different meanings of Mandalas, according to their patterns and colors.

Before drawing “your sacred Mandala” you should also become familiar with the meanings of colors, in order to correctly represent the meaning of the drawing and to bring yourself closer to the fulfillment of the desired:

  • Red is a very “strong” color. It represents strength, determination, action and courage. This color in the Mandala speaks of the life-giving potential, the realization of the desired
  • Pink is the color, which represents the human goodness, and also gives tenderness and love
  • Yellow is a color that speaks of joy and happiness. It carries a “warm” energy. With its effulgence it heals, inspires and helps to get the desired.
  • Gold – this color represents wealth, cheerfulness, pleasure, and life wisdom
  • Green – the color of naturalness, sensuality, harmony and inner development. This color plunges one into meditation and gives tranquility. It can bring a sense of balance to the body.
  • Blue (dark) is the color of tranquility and the color of spirituality. It is a very serious color which gives lightness of heart and peace
  • Blue (light) – gives tranquillity to the human nervous system, friendliness and understanding with people around.
  • Purple is the color that gives inspiration and can “cleanse” the person’s energy from everything negative. This color is necessary for “removing” all the possible obstacles on the way to the desired goal, if necessary
  • Brown is the color that represents the earth. Earth is an integral part of man, which gives man a harvest, carries man and gives him strength. Therefore this color conveys the meaning of “practicality” and “protection.”
  • Blue is the color of infinity, the color of the deep ocean and the clear sky. In a sense, this color represents motherhood, which means “femininity. Blue paints a picture of compassion, understanding and help.
  • Orange is a positive color, which represents cheerfulness, vitality and freedom.
  • Turquoise is the color of protection for its owner. This color also carries the meaning of striving, healing and harmony
  • Black is the color of darkness. In the Mandalas black is present only in outlines, but in some drawings it may take up much space, and then the Mandala carries the meaning of “fear”, “death” and “emptiness
  • White is the color of purity and healing, this color protects its wearer from negativity and helps to think as well as to feel
  • Gray is the color of balance and balancing.

How to draw a Mandala step by step for beginners?

A professional as well as a beginner can draw a Mandala. It is not required to have any special artistic abilities, because the image is built from simple graphic schemes. Before drawing the Mandala, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the images that are already available. This will help you get inspiration before drawing and get some ideas for creativity.

The steps of drawing:

  • Stage One: Prepare a place to work. This should be a clean and bright work space. No one should bother you, make you nervous or make you angry when you are drawing. Draw in a good mood. You can play nice background music, but no more.
  • Second step: The Mandala should best be drawn on a blank sheet of scrap paper. Choose the center of the sheet to draw on. If you feel the image should be on the edge, do as you see fit
  • Third step: The Mandala has to be drawn starting in the middle and going to the edge. Don’t sketch the Mandala, draw the patterns that you feel. The Mandala should be drawn in a round shape.
  • Fourth step: After the Mandala framework has been drawn, proceed to paint the Mandala. Combine the different colors as your perception allows

The dot Mandalas, how to paint?

The original way of drawing the Mandala – point. Such an image can be applied to any surface: paper, wood and even stone. What distinguishes this interesting Mandala is the way of drawing. In a regular Mandala image, you must first draw the frame and paint its elements. In the dot Mandala, all of the elements are drawn in dots.

It is not necessary to paint the dot Mandala, because it is applied in advance with colored paints.Drawing the Mandala is best done with paints or felt-tip pens. These drawing tools leave bright droplets on the surface and allow you to successfully depict the Mandala.

The most popular dot Mandalas are those drawn on sea pebbles of different diameters. They look very contrasting due to the gray background of the stone and the bright colors. The stones are painted with acrylic paints. These paints do not drip and leave very “juicy” colored droplets. The smooth surface of the sea pebbles allows you to draw a neat and clear picture.