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Color Wheel Mandala Part 2 - Flower Petal Mandala

teacher avatar Chris Carter, artist, illustrator and explorer

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4 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Create Flower Petal Mandala

    • 3. Variations

    • 4. Conclusion

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Warning: Creating Color Wheel Mandalas can be addictive!

Create a Flower Petal Mandala that doubles as a Color Wheel.  This is the second in the four-part Color Wheel Mandala Series.  Each course first guides you through the process of creating a mandala with compass and straightedge. Then, you enter the magnificent world of color mixing.  By using a limited palette of one yellow, one red and one blue, you learn the characteristics of your pigments and discover that when your palette is limited and you combine only two pigments at a time, your colors ALWAYS look gorgeous together.

In addition, you will learn to create three, easy variations of the basic Flower Petal Mandala.  You will then be able to strike out on your own to create many more variations of your own.

Materials needed to create your own Color Wheel Mandala are the following:

1. Quality Cold Press Watercolor paper  at least 140 lb. (or Rives BFK printmaking paper).

2. Pencil

3. Compass

4. Straightedge

5. Permanent fine-tip marker or Fountain Pen filled with permanent ink (I suggest either Noodler's Bulletproof Black or Platinum Carbon Ink)

6. Watercolor brush or brushes

7. Watercolor pigments: One yellow; one blue; one red (See the list below to determine whether your pigments are considered to be warm or cool.)

8. Mixing palette (I suggest one with multiple wells.  I use circular palettes to reinforce where the colors are located on a color wheel.)

8. Water containers

9. Paper towel or rag

In Parts II, III and IV (separate classes) you will learn to create other mandala designs and will be using six pigments, two of each primary color: yellow; blue; red.


Cool Yellows: Cadmium Lemon, Hansa Yellows, Bismuth Yellow, Lemon Yellows, Nickel Titanate, Aureolin

Warm Yellows: Cadmium Yellows, Hansa Yellow Deep, Gamboge, Nickel Dioxine, Yellow Ochre

Cool Blues: Cobalt Teal, Cobalt Turquoise, Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Blue, Manganese Blue, Joe’s Blue

Warm Blues: Ultramarine Blue, Indanthrone Blue

Cool Reds: Magenta, Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Carmine, Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridone Crimson

Warm Reds: Cadmium Reds, Vermillion, Pyrrole Red, Cadmium Scarlet, Pyrrole Scarlet


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Chris Carter

artist, illustrator and explorer


Welcome to Skillshare. I'm Chris Carter.

I love exploring the world with pen and brush whether it be by land, sea or air! Here on Skillshare, in tiny bites, I present tips and techniques I've learned over a lifetime of sketching, drawing and painting. My classes are designed with two purposes in mind: to present tips and techniques that help you learn new skills and master current skills; and as quick reference for those of you who have attended one of my live workshops.

I create large, abstract watercolors and oil paintings in my studio.  When traveling, which I do for more than half the year, I work realistically, mostly in sketchbooks.  I sketch from reality daily to keep my eye, hand and brain coordination well-honed.See full profile

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1. Introduction: I'm Chris Carter. Welcome to my color wheel. Mondal, a Siris on still share. This is part two in Part one. We created several star mandalas, all better color wheels. I encouraged everyone to create their own variations of the Mondal. A Thies to illustrate to Mondal is using the same three primary pigments a cool yellow, a warm blue and a cool red. And then I switched the way that I painted in. When you squinted the two of these, you really see a difference in design. So that's one of the aspects that I love about making color. Real Montella's. You learn not only about color about mixing color, about applying water color in wash. Is that air beautiful and streak free. You also learn a lot about color, value and design. I presented to other variations in the class. Just my first variation. I changed the three pigments I used. This was a cool yellow. I swapped it out for warm yellow. This was a warm blue. I swapped it out for cool blue. This was a cool red. I swapped it out for a warm red, and you can see the difference is drastic. Note the violence. I really want to make this clear. When you mix a cool red and altering blue, which is a warm blue closest to read, you will get a violet when you mix a cadmium red light or any really warm red and a cool blue. This is a halo blue You won't get a violet. Um, I've never gotten a pilot by mixing knows you will get a beautiful gray or a beautiful brown, so just keep that in mind when you're mixing again. Another lesson learned about color. The next variation was changing my three primary pigments. My yellow, red and blue. Two very neutralized primary pigments. We have a neutralized yellow, a neutralized read on a neutralized blue. They were pigments right out of the tube, but they were already pigments that give you a neutralized color. If you haven't done part one yet, it's OK. You don't need to do part one, but you may want to go back and check out in Part two. We're going to make a flower petal Montale, and this is the Montali we're making in this one. I did not swap the backgrounds, but I did add a ring and I reversed the colors on the outside. Then we're also going to go into variations on the design on the basic design of the flower petal, and I'm not going to go through those in detail. But I am presenting those two in all three. I start with the basic flower petal, Mont Ala. And there's no limit to the variation. So I really want you to play with those. You'll need the following materials to make your dollar. I use Reeves B F K Printmaking paper. You'll need a compass. You'll need a pencil. You'll need a permanent fine tip marker or a fountain pen filled with permanent ink. I use platinum carbon ink. Just a word of caution regarding the ANC you used to fill your fountain pen. Please don't ever use Indian ink. India ink has shellac in it, and it will harden, and it will destroy your fountain pen. You'll need three pigments. You'll need a yellow, a blue and a red, and I refer to them as a cool or a warm of each primary. You'll see in the resource materials a list of pigments that indicates whether it's considered to be a cool pigment or warm pigment. You will need a watercolor brush and you will need a straight edge. We don't really need it to be a ruler, just something that you can draw a straight line with. 2. Create Flower Petal Mandala: Now it's time to make our second mandala this mandala. I'm calling the pedal on dolla unlike any other, you can make any alterations you choose to. I'm hoping you'll be inspired to work from this design and add your own take on it, just like the storm on dollar. Workmen begin by using our compass. Draw a circle on our paper using a straightedge mark the left side on the right side of the circle, making sure that the straight edge also is in the line. The center of your circle now will begin to make the pedals. Your compass is exactly the same setting as it waas. When you made the circle, your first ark will be made by putting your point in one of the two marks that you just made. Your ark will go from line to line of the circumference of the circle, passing through the center of the circle. Then you'll move your compass to one of the points where that arc crosses the circumference of the circle, and you will do the same all the way around, making arcs based on the marks that you just made. Now you have your basic flower petal on dollar design. You can go ahead and think it now, or you can add some other rings around the outside. If you wish. Now it's time to add water. Color first allowed my yellow. Now I'll add my red and now we'll add my blue. So I have my three primaries, my yellow, my red and my blue. I've left a pedal between each of the primary colors, and these pedals are meant to be my secondary colors. So all makes my yellow and blue to make my green my red and blue to make my violet and my red and yellow to make my orange. While I still have a puddle of violet in my palette, I'm going to make my red violet and my blue violet and painted on either side of the pet. I'll do the same with my oranges. All mix a yellow orange and a red orange, and I do the same with my greens, a yellow green and blue green. After seeing the way that this was looking, I thought it really needs something else because it's getting a little boring to me. I change the spacing of my compass, mated a little larger. I drew another circle around the outside of my Mondal a. And then I continued the arcs that I had created the first time into that outer ring, and you'll see it makes a huge difference in the outcome. I still have the puddles mixed on my palette, and sometimes I have to add a little bit to them. But you can see that what I did was on the outer ring I painted in the color that was all the way across the gondola. So the yellow green that was between my yellow and my green is also on the opposite side of the circle bordering the red violet, and you can see how much it brought the whole Mondal a tow life. To do this. Here's the finished flower petal Mondo. I only used three pigments, one yellow, one red and one blue. And here we are with our five month dollars that I'm presenting in this whole Mondal. The Siri's in Part three will be working with six pigments, not just three 3. Variations: in all three. I start with the basic flower petal Montella. In this one, I added an inner ring. I didn't go over the tips and another ring behind the flower petal in this one. I started with my same circle with same flower petals. And then I added circles all around with this one again. I started with the same circle, the same flower petals, and I kept readjusting my compass on making more circles. Whatever I did in one section, I repeated in all six sections and there is no limit to the variation, so I really want you to play with those. 4. Conclusion: I hope you've enjoyed part two of my color wheel Mondal a series just to recap what we did in part two. I started off creating this color wheel model. Then I showed you very briefly some variations. I showed you this one. I showed you this one and I showed you this. What will we be doing in part three? In Part three, we're moving into using six pigments a warm and cool of each of primary colors a warm and cool yellow, a warm and cool red and a warm and cool blue Looking forward to seeing you in part three. Don't forget to post your projects in the project area of this class. Thank you for joining me in color wheel Mandala, Part two on Chris Car.