Bring out the artist in you by approaching art with a practical – almost mathematical twist. Smita Swamy shares a stepwise guide.
‘Mandala’ means circle in Sanskrit. It’s a symbol that denotes spirituality in Hinduism and Buddhism – and it is a word that represents the universe.
The art form of ‘Mandala’ is like ‘Rangoli’ – or like any other drawing that gives you satisfaction and happiness. The symmetrical designs and the combination of colours bring a visual treat, which, to me, is no less that meditation. It de-stresses the mind.
Simply defined, Mandalas are usually symmetrical designs formed inside a circle.
Today, Smita shares a tutorial with our readers, in which you will learn how to draw a ‘Mandala’ in the comfort of your home – with a simple set of materials that you can get an any stationary or craft shop.
You will need
- A compass
- A pencil
- A marker
- An eraser
- Stencil with circles of different diameters
- A protractor (angle marker)
Steps to create a ‘Mandala’
Step 1: Draw concentric circles of any measurement and divide them into small sections using a protractor as shown below.
Step 2: Plan a design of your choice. Select a smaller and similar type of designs. Examples show below:
Step 3: Using a sharpie marker of any type or point ink pen, draw the designs. I usually use Micro pens which have jet black archival ink. It is also waterproof.
Please watch the video for a detailed tutorial.