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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Overview + Class Project

    • 3. Adobe Illustrator Set Up

    • 4. Creating a Grid with Circles + Lines

    • 5. Math (just a little bit of math)

    • 6. Purple Artwork

    • 7. Indigo Artwork

    • 8. Blue Artwork

    • 9. Green Artwork

    • 10. Orange Artwork (Should be Yellow Artwork. Corrected in the next lesson.)

    • 11. Orange Artwork

    • 12. Red Artwork

    • 13. Tidy up + Black Background

    • 14. Final Thoughts

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I have been wanting to create an Art + Design Class Series for adults + school aged children with ADHD + ASD for a very long time.  But as someone with ADHD, it took me a very long time to organise my thoughts and design the class in a format that teaches people with ADHD + high functioning ASD.  

Through detailed examination of the teaching methods that help me to learn, and my years teaching art to people with ADHD + ASD, I developed an online class structure that is designed for the ADHD + ASD creative mind.  

The classes in this series offer high quality, brief lessons that help one to focus, learn, and enjoy the process or learning by doing.

In this Mandala Design class, I go straight into teaching how-to create a mandala like the one in the image below, without a long, boring tutorial of how-to learn every minute detail of Adobe Illustrator. Instead, students learn Adobe Illustrator by doing the class project.  

The lessons are brief allowing students absorb the content without being overwhelmed.

People with ADHD + ASD often face discrimination in the workplace.  I design these classes in a way for students to learn a marketable skill that can help them gain employment or start a creative business as an artist or graphic designer.  

The content in this class is:


Overview + Class Project

Adobe Illustrator Set Up

Creating a Grid with Circles + Lines

Math about the Grid

Purple Artwork

Indigo Artwork

Blue Artwork

Green Artwork

Yellow Artwork (Or Orange, hmmmm, you'll have to watch the lesson)

Orange Artwork

Red Artwork

Tidy Up + Black Background

Final Thoughts

If you do not have Adobe Illustrator, you can download a free trail on

or watch this 4 minute YouTube video explaining how to get Adobe Illustrator CS2 for free.  

Click HERE for the YouTube video.  

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I look forward to seeing your mandalas in the Project Gallery.


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1. Introduction: Mandela means circle in Sanskrit. It's an ancient symbol representing the universe. Cultures all over the world used the circle to symbolize balance. Focus, art, logic, science, math and meditation. The symbolism of circles bridge our differences by uniting us with the common bond and need to be connected to each other. History is full of circle symbolism for practical and spiritually purposes. Romans, Vikings and kilts value the circle as a universal symbol of wholeness. Religions, ancient and modern honor their faiths with circles. Even ancient currency was laboriously rounded to cultivate the sacred geometry of a circle . Science utilizes spheres to prove theories. Physicist Stephen Hawking couldn't explain in brief history of Time without, Um, psychiatrists and founder of analytical psychology, Carl Young used vandalism is practice, he said. A mandala is a psychological expression of the totality of the self and the mandalas. Basic motif is the print emission of the center of the personality, a kind of central point within the psyche to which everything is related, by which everything is arranged on, which is itself a source of energy, science, math, geometry, psychology, history, architecture, religion and art. Use circles logically, theoretically, an engineering faithfully and creatively. This class explores circles creatively by designing a Mandela on Adobe Illustrator. For those of you that don't have Adobe Illustrator, I provide to freeways to get Adobe Illustrator for this project, we'll be using the visible colors on the electromagnetic spectrum. The electromagnetic spectrum chart above demonstrates these familiar colors. Every particle in the universe, including human beings, have a vibration represented on this chart. Onley particles that vibrate at frequencies faster than infrared and slower than ultraviolet are visible to the human eye. These colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue in to go and violent. Once again, we employ science for this project. Sir Isaac Newton, one of the world's most influential scientists, identified these seven colors through experimentation, passing white light through a spectrum. We see this combination of colors in nature all the time. Your natural familiarity with these colors and the geometry of a circle was imprinted on you as a child. Our first drawings are of lines and circles. The color we used to create our primary illustrations are the visible colors of the spectrum, this instinctive familiarity mix creating Mandela's a comforting and calming activity. Please join me in class and discover the sacred geometry of the natural world through creating a mandala 2. Overview + Class Project: Hello and welcome to Mandala Class. In this lesson, we're going to talk about the class overview and the project. The class overview is a brief explanation off all the lessons that we're going to cover in this class. The first thing that you'll need is Adobe Illustrator and in the class description, I gave two examples of how to get it for free to complete this project. So let's look at step one. Step one is set up. Your Adobe illustrator Workspace and art Board will go into a lot more detail in that lesson, but just briefly to let you know this whole white area and even the Mandela and the black background is called a workspace on Adobe Illustrator. I'm doing this overview in Adobe Illustrator just so you can have a little look at what it looks like. The art board is the specific area that we're going to create to make her artwork. Then our next step is to draw seven sections of circles and guidelines for our seven colors . It's kind of like a grid so that we can put all of our little sections artwork in the mandala, so it looks really even and then the third step seven short lessons about creating each of the seven sections. Then we'll have a whole lesson about adding the black background, and then we'll talk about a few final thoughts. Your class project is to create a mandala. I love to see your work, too. This class is good for people who even wanna draw mandala with pens or pencils or markers or crayons or pencil crowns or paint. And then you can use your drawing of your Mandela to create one in Adobe Illustrator at another time, therefore, really important elements to this class. Number one. Have fun Number two Make mistakes. I've learned far more from my mistakes than I did from my successes. Number three take breaks. The lessons are pretty short, so you can watch them a little bit, kind of absorb it and then come back to it and number four. And the most important part is the be kind to yourself. You're not expected to make a perfect mandala or even to make one that looks exactly like this example, because this one is Justin example. When we go through class, I'm going to try and stay as close as I can to the example. But it's OK if I get brand new ideas and want to try them out. That comes back to me, making mistakes and learning from them. I'm really glad that you're coming into this class and I really look forward to creating among dollar with you. 3. Adobe Illustrator Set Up: Hello and welcome back to Mandela class in this lesson, We're going to set up our workspace. All this great part with an art board and the art board is where we're going to create our mandala. It's like a piece of paper that we draw on. But we're gonna draw in Adobe Illustrator. These are some tools that we might use, and as we go along, I'll introduce the tools to you and what they can do. So let's set up our workspace with an art board. First thing we're gonna do is come up to file and click that with your mouse and then click new because we're going to create a new file. You can name it anything you like. I'm gonna call this one Mandela class set up. That's just what I'm gonna call it. And then in your new document box here, after you put your name, you're going to see that there are art board set up options so you can hit custom and make things any size you like in points in inches millimeters, centimeters or pixels. But in this case, I want to use just a regular letter size page so that I might want to print it out on a printer. I can either type custom on select inches and then tell Adobe Illustrator how wide I want. And a regular letter size paper is 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall. Or I can come over here and just type in letter and it will automatically default to the size. And now I'm going to click okay with my mouse and here I have a nice piece of paper as my art board. I'll meet you in the next lesson where we start creating our circles and lines. 4. Creating a Grid with Circles + Lines: hello and welcome back to class. In this lesson, we're going to create the circles and the lines that we're going to use as a grid pattern where we can place our artwork and it will create a really pretty Mandela. The very first thing I want to do, though, is to come up to view, click on view and come down to smart guides and make sure that smart guides is ticked off because what a smart guide is is an invisible type of line that's going to help guide us. It helps us place our circles and lines on our art board, and it's really going to be very helpful, so make sure that that is ticked. Now. I'm just gonna come back up to my select tool to get rid of the view box and let's create our first circle coming over to the shape, tools and clicking. You'll see that we have a few to pick from. We're gonna come over to the Ellipse tool and click on that, and the lips will give us a circle shape or an oval shape. But because we're working with a mandala, we just want a circle. So that's selected. I can tell because there is that the black lines with white box and I'm just gonna come over anywhere on my art board and click with my mouse. The options box will appear, and we're going to tell it what size of a circle that we want. Because I'm working with an 8.5 inch wide paper by 11 inch tall. I'm going to make this a seven inch by seven inch circle, so it will come about there, so I'm going to change this to seven. It already knows that I am in inches by seven, and I can click OK or just enter. And there's my circle now. This is where you'll see the smart guides coming. You see, if I just move over there, it says, path path is the line that we're working with. Now. I'm gonna come over here and show you something else. Very important. When I just hover over with my mouse on these points, that's an anchor. An anchor tells the line to move in a different direction, so there's anchor and then path and then anchor, and you could see when I kind of move off it a little bit. It tells me what angle I'm working in. And this is really important when we're working with mandalas because there's a lot of math and a lot of geometry that's already built into Adobe Illustrator. Okay, next thing we want a position, our circle in the center of our page. We could do that two ways. First way is come over to my very favorite tool free transform and click it and then we could tell it selected and it selected our circle. Then I just come over to the circle, click and hold with my mouse and drag it into where I think the center is going to be. And then I come just back to my select tool, just the click, and then anywhere on my workspace to get rid of the selection, I could see here that it's not directly in the center. I might not want it in the center, but in this case I do. So I'm gonna come over. I've already got that selection tools. I'm gonna come over and just anywhere select the circles when you were inside the circle or on the circles path select, and I'm going to come up here and there's X and Y and these air accesses or planes that were working on. So this is our 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches. So that's our horizontal. Or like that horizon. Why access is the verticals. That's our 11 inches here. If I want to play something in the center, what I need to do is make my ex half off my with. So my with is 8.5 half of 8.5 is 4.25 or four and 1/4 of 4.25 I type in and I can just hit enter, and you could see that my circles moved over into the center and I want to do the same with my Y. I know that I have an 11 inch piece of paper up and down. Half of that is 5.5 or 5.5. Summit hit 5.5 and enter and let's watch the circle move as I enter and moved only a little bit, but it's still in the center. So now I'm just gonna come over to my select tooled, select and then just click anywhere on my workspace. And there's my very first circle. I want to create more circles to use because I have seven bands or seven circles that I want to fill in. So to create these seven circles, I'm gonna come over and just anywhere on the path could be anywhere on the path. Just select by just clicking because my select tool was already selected. So I clicked here, and here's a nice new thing we're going to use. We're going to right click the mouse and we get this new box up and it gives us some options to play with. We're gonna come to transform, and then a new box comes up and we're going to come to scale. Scale is size. So I want to click that. And I have a nice new box that I want to tell my circle to make a copy of this, but make it smaller and smaller and smaller. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna is try and make this circle. Keep that there. But I want smaller circle about 80% of the size of my original circle, so I'm going to come up to scale and type in 80 for my 80%. And I want to copy it. If I clicked. Okay, then my original circle would move down to 80% of its original size. I don't want that. I want to keep my original circle, but make a new one. That's 80%. So I'm just gonna hit coffee and see what happens. So there we go. I have my original circle, and I have an 80% size circle of the original. Now, I can keep doing this again by hitting, right clip, transform, scale and type in 80 to make this one smaller. Or I can just copy what I've already done my last action. By doing that, I hit control deep and that is going to repeat my last action. There I go. And so I didn't have to go through that whole process. I'm gonna do that again. Keep control D Control de Control de Control de now, Just want to count my circles. There's one I'm gonna work in here. One, 23456 And this will be seven. That little circle There I go. I really like that. I've got my circles and where I'm going to work and I'm gonna come up to my select tool. Just click on that and click anywhere on the board to de select it. Just move it so I could see everything. And you could see as I hover over these blue lines come up just to show me where my anchors and my path Now we need lines. We're gonna come over to our pen tool and click on pen without clicking. I'm just gonna move this cursor pen over and I'm gonna look for that blue line. There's path and now I'm just gonna move it up to where I find the anchor. There's the anchor. So I'm gonna stop there without doing it. Just listen to what I say first, and then we'll do it. What I'm going to do is click this and then move down to the anchor on the bottom, using those blue guides, that smart guide path and make a perfect line right down to the bottom. So here, let's do this. So I'm going toe klik. So I've created an anchor there and you could see this line if I move off, the line goes or it could show all these different angles. But here there's my anchor. I want to move all the way down. So I'm just moving down, just hovering it down until it comes on to the next anchor. And now I'm gonna click and there's a line. I'm just gonna come over to my select tool, click there, click anywhere on the board, so that made this perfect line to divide our circle in half. Now what I want to do is create lines that are perfectly divided in my circle here. To do that, I'm going to use angles, so I'm going to click on the path. I'm selecting that going to right, click while it select it and get my transform tool up again. And now I want to rotate at an angle so I'm going to come over to rotate and click rotate, so to create sections. I want to take this original line, and I want to copy it and move it over 30 degrees. So that's what I've just typed in a 30 degree angle. I want to keep this line, which is up and down. That's at a 90 degree angle, and I want to move it over 30 degrees. But I want a copy exciting to keep my original one. So I'm gonna come over to copy and hit copy I've copied and move the line over and again instead of keep doing that, that transforming the rotating the type and 30 and enter. We can repeat our last action by hitting control and hold control deep. And it just repeated. I'm gonna do that again. Controlled De control de controlled deep. There we go. Now I'm gonna come over to my select tool and just click that and then click anywhere on the board to de Select. This is the grid that we're going to use. Four. Our artwork. There's one more thing that I want to do when I work with art. My brain wants to work up and down. Now, this is on an angle and I find that a little bit confusing. So what I'm going to do here is move the whole thing over. So I'm gonna select everything by clicking anywhere on my art board and dragging and then let go. So I've selected everything Come over onto my mandala grip, right click to get my transform tool back up, move over to transform, and I'm going to rotate this whole thing. Half of what? The number of the angle that I did. And that's just gonna move everything over. Ah, half. So I'm gonna hit rotate because we use 30 degrees, half of 30 is 15. So if I type in 15 and just hit, okay, it's going to move the whole thing over 15 degrees. And this way it helps me work. Because I much prefer to work up and down like this. I'm just gonna come over to my select tools, select it, and then just click anywhere on the board to de select. So here it iss This is what we're going to be working with, and I'll meet you in the next lesson where we start creating the artwork. 5. Math (just a little bit of math): Hello and welcome back to class before we move on to the artwork. I wanted to show you how I worked the math to get my 12 sections perfectly. Even the first thing that we have to know is that a circle is 360 degrees. Half a circle is half of 360 which is 1 80 quarter of the circle here. I'm just gonna move that over there. So quarter of the circle half of 1 80 because 1/4 is half of 1/2 and 1/4 of 360 degrees is 90 because 1/4 is four. There's one section of 1/4 2 sections of the quarter, three sections of 1/4 and four sections of 1/4. So we know four times 90 is 360. So how I got my 12 sections perfectly divide it is. I took 360 I divide it by 12 and I got 30 degrees. And that's how I came upto wanting to rotate that line perfectly 30 degrees to get my perfect well sections 6. Purple Artwork: Hello and welcome back to class. In this lesson. We're going to start creating some artwork on her mandala. But first we want to tweak the Mandela a little bit toe, help us create the artwork. The first thing I want to do is to create another guideline that's going to divide this section here of 30 degrees, cause we're really only going to make one piece of artwork and then using our copy tool, we're going to move that one bit of artwork all the way around. So what's going to help me is to create another guideline right in the center here. So to do that, I'm just going to click on this guideline right click. So I get my transform tool up, move over to rotate, and I want to make a copy of this line and rotate it 15 degrees because 15 degrees is half of our 30 degrees, which is our section size. I want to copy it. I don't want to just sail case. I'm gonna copy that. And now I've created another line. Now to make all this selection disappearing, just gonna click, select and then click anywhere on the workspace. I do want to make this line a different color, and that's just going to help me with my artworks. I'm gonna click on that line and I'm going to come over to stroke. Stroke is line, so I'm going to click on the color and I'm going to make that yellows just so that I know it's different from the other ones. And then just come click my select and click select anywhere. So there is that line now. Sometimes I accidentally grab a path or grab a circular, grab a line and move it out of the way to help me not to do that. I'm going to lock everything in place on this page. So while my selection tool is selected, I'm going to click with my mouse and drag to select the entire Mandela. And I'm gonna come toe object over the lock and lock that whole selection. This way. I can't accidentally take something and move it along. Nothing's gonna move right now. Later on, when we're done or sometimes during the middle of our work, we do unlock everything to move things around, and then we could lock stuff again. I'd like to see this little section that I want to work in purple a little closer so I'm going to control plus on my board. So control plus control plus control plus one more time control. Plus, with my little hand click on my hand I'm just going to move everything down Or you can use the slider on the side here. So I'm gonna move up from just going toe work in this section right here. And what I want to do is to create a really nice scooping line that looks like a skipping rope and three upside down raindrops right there. So I'm just gonna come over to my selection tool click there, click anywhere just to de select, and now I'm going to start stroke again is lying on our line. Color is yellow because we just use yellow. I'm going to click on that and make it purple because we're gonna work in purple Now, Phil is the inside color or the coloring in part. I don't want any Phil, so it's on none. Which is great. Phil and stroke up here are also represented down there so you can click here or there and do the same thing that we did up here. I like nice, curved lines, so I'm going to I clicked on stroke and I'm going to select these round caps. It just makes everything really nice. Okay, let's start. This takes some practice, so it's okay to make mistakes, click on the line back space that will get rid of it, and then you can start again. So here, let's use our pen tool and it's purple and off we go. So to create that nice scoop you could see sometimes that I move along the little blue guidelines appear. So to make this little scoop, I'm going to click on the anchor. And now I'm just gonna move this over to this intersection down here between the lines before I click I'm What I'll want to do is click and drag. So I'm gonna click with my mouse click and keep holding. So you're holding on. I want to drag this line So right along there and you could see those blue guidelines show up. And I'm just going to if I could keep going and then it moves all over the place. I don't want to do that. I want to make it about half of a scoop. Now, my mouse can come over to this intersection line, and I'm just using that as a guide to know where I want to stop. So now I'm going to release. And there's my first purple line. Come up to my select tool. Just click there, click anywhere on the board just to see what I've got. So there we go. I've created a nice curved line. I want to do the same thing on this side. My purple Still Select it. I'm gonna click on my pen tool, Come over to this side. There's my anchor. I'm gonna click and then just move over to that intersection and click and hold and then drag. And the same thing that I did it once I'm gonna want to do on the other. So I'm gonna just use this guideline to stop. So now I've got this nice, even scoop You could see that word handle is there. Handles are what we can move around with. But there we go. I want that nice and even And release Click Select on Click Select Off Perfect. I like this a lot. So now I want my upside down to your drops and I'm going to use this guideline again. I'm going to click on my pen tool and click any wearing I want my teardrop or my raindrop to be a boat this size So I'm gonna start here right on the path Click once just move up anywhere say about their And now I'm gonna click and hold on drag again So click hold And now I'm gonna drag out And here we have half of a raindrop and release the mouse And then just move the most down to that other anchor point and click And now it's created this perfect upside down Raindrop, I'm going to do that again. Click on there, Click off. I'm gonna do that again over here, just to show you because sometimes it's really frustrating not to get it right the first time. So I'm going to click on my pen tool, click anywhere, And then there's my blue guideline. I'm just gonna move up, and now I'm gonna click and hold Click with my mouse and hold. Now my line is created. And now I want to move my handles out. See, I've got the handles and I'm moving it out. So my original anchor point stays at the bottom and I'm making this new one curve at the top so I can make it really big if I want it. But I am just going to make it say about their release everything and then just moved down and then with your most click and it creates another one and then just de select. And there it is. I don't need this one, so I'm just going to click on that and backspace will get rid of it. Let's move back over here. So here, I'm gonna click on my raindrop, and I'm going to copy and paste. So I'm gonna do control C Control V. There's a copy with my free transform tool. Click on that click on my selected to your drop. Just move it up here and the free transform tool you could see it's got that arrow with that curvy thing that really helps you pretty much anywhere that you could see. You can turn so I don't have to be right on to turn. I'm just going to turn a little bit and then grab it and move it around and turn again just to make it pretty almost looking like pedals. I want a copy and paste this copy paste. It's already selected on my free transform so I can turn it in the other direction and move it up here and you can play with these. I'm going to say that's pretty even I'm gonna select and then un select I want to color these in, so I'm gonna group them all together so I can just perform one action once instead of changing the color here, changing the color here and changing the color here. So let's group this together. So I'm gonna click on one teardrop I'm gonna hold my shift key down and keep it held down. Move, My mouse! My shift key still held down Click So now that selected both and I Let's select the 3rd 1 My shift key is still down and click now on a group these together So they act as one item gonna come up to object and group. So now if I move and then select And so now if I move it or this around all three of them are gonna move around I'm gonna just click on one of them. So it selected all of them were gonna come up to our fill. That's our coloring in part, click Phil and click that nice purple color And there it ISS. Now I want to start rotating this around, so I'm going to zoom out a little bit by control minus minus minus minus. And then just move that around so I can see it. I want to take my three raindrops and my scoop and I want to copy all this and move it down here. So I'm going to click on that scoop because I want a group it all together again. Click on the scoop, hold down my shift key Click on just one of those raindrops because one acts like all of them Let's group all that together Object group Good. Now I want to copy this. So select Now, if I select anything that I just grouped together, the whole thing will be selected. Now I'm gonna show you how to rotate it all the way around. So we're gonna go control C Control V So that just created a 2nd 1 And now with my freeform tool click, I'm gonna turn it all the way around. And whatever I do at the top, I want to do it. The bottom, some going to put that they're now here. I'm gonna do control, plus so I can zoom in and see what I'm doing. So let's see. Is that perfect ish? And when it click, select their and select their That looks pretty good. Now I'm going to control minus to come out and just center my image a little bit. Now, here we go. I'm going to select my top image. Hold down my shift key and just click to select my bottom image. Both are selected. Now. Let's rotate this 30 degrees all the way around, right Click for my transform tool rotate. I want a 30 degree angle of this copied all the way around. Copy. Instead of doing that all again, what do we dio we do? Control de So control De gives me another one. Control de control de and control D and then select on Select off. There we go. Now that we've done this once, the next lessons are going to go a little faster because you already know how to rotate everything around. See when the next lesson 7. Indigo Artwork: Hello and welcome back to class in this lesson. We're going to work in our indigo color, which is a dark blue on the next band. The next circle section. This section has a little bit more free form. A little bit more freedom for you to exercise your own creativity. First thing I want to do is zoom in a little bit. So control plus plus less on either with the sliding bar or my little hand. I'm just going to move up here so I can see my section. Really? Really well, I'm going to come up to the circle tool because we're just gonna make a bunch of blue circles and I'm gonna click and hold so I can get my circle tool, which was already selected. But I want to do this anyway and come over here now I can assign it a size, or I could just click and drag to make it a circle size that I like. So I'm just gonna start with this circle size. Let's change the color to on Indigo Blue, which is a deeper blue. So the stroke, which is the line Let's do this blew the sapphire blue and the Phil is the same thing that sapphire blue. There we go. Reuse are free form to a lot in this lesson. Take the freeform tool and just grab it. Now, here we can move into this band area here, the purple Band to fill in some circles in there. And we'll do that with some smaller circles. So I'm just going to place a circle there while it selected just control V and this same size circle, I'll put there want to stay in my section and just hit the V again that section V So I'm just pasting some some around. That's a new one more and there. So I'm just placing them around. Now I want to leave this. Leave this and size these down a little bit and place more around some while one is selected right click transform scale, which is re sizing. Let's make this 75% of the original. So I'm gonna leave that original and just copy, and there it is. It's inside what we've done, we still have our free transform tool, so I'm just gonna grab that on. Let's move that up here. As long as we stay within those lines, we should be pretty good. Control seed a copy. Control V to Paste. Grab it, move it around. We don't need these to be perfect that I like about this one. Move that there and I'm just moving them around a little bit. One mawr. Let's do some smaller ones now. So can transform scale 75% and copy. And let's move that rate up into that section. Control, See Control V moving around. It's OK if we go on that line because what we're doing is we're gonna fill in underneath Scooby Part and this blue section here, and let's move that there doesn't need to be too crowded. Okay, let's size it a little smaller again. Transform scale 75 already selected and copy and move some around, copy paste and just move it around. What you're working with now is you're spatial skills. You're seeing how things look in relation to each other so you don't crowd things. They don't have to be perfectly even. But you don't crowd things. You're just going to use your intuition. If something doesn't look good, just click on it and backspace to delete it. I think that's enough. I'm going to just click my select tool, then click anywhere just so I can see what I'm doing. I like this. This looks great. Now I want a group, this whole thing together all the blue parts to make it one item. So to do that, I'm going to with my most click and then keep my finger down on my shift key to select everything. So my shift key still down, and I'm just moving my most and clicking And you can tell that you're selecting everything because the little centers come up and you get to see the path and the anchors, and that's all selected Good. Now I can release my shift and my mouse and just moved up to object and group. So now this all acts like one item I'm going to control minus just to move out a little bit . And I want to copy all of this, turn it around and place it there. So I just have to select one circle, and that's gonna select everything I'm gonna copy and paste. And then, with my freeform tool, I'm just gonna turn it around. Remember, practice, practice, practice. You're not going to get this on the first shot and that's OK. It's how we learn. And I'm going to moving a little bit, just the sea. If it's inside all the lines that I want to be inside and it looks like it ISS I could still move it around a little bit. That's very good. I'm gonna zoom out so I can take a peek. Okay, let's rotate this So I'm going to with my mouse select and then put my finger down on my shift key. Move my most down and then click so I can select both images. I'm gonna rotate around right click for transform, rotate 30 degrees and copy. And there it ISS now going to control D all the way around. Keep control de till you filled in everything select on select office. I could take a peek that's looking really good on me to in the next lesson. When we work on our blue circle 8. Blue Artwork: Hello and welcome back to class in this lesson, we're going to make arches with the color blue. So let's just come up to our stroke and select a really light color blue. We're not going to need any fill it all for this one. So just none on what we do appear reflects down here. I'm gonna control Plus, to zoom in with my little hand grab so I could bring my section in tow Light. Good pen, tool Select. It's going to be in blue. We don't eat any fill. This is a really nice, easy one. With our pen tool, we're going to click the intersection and then come down to this intersection click holding drag and then with their handles, we're going to just pull along that black guideline until we come to that next intersection . And we've got this really interesting arch release and there it ISS I'm just going to click off so I can see I'm gonna do that on the other side. Click my pen tool. Come up to that anchor click. Come and just move down with my mouse. Click hold in drag and then drag all the way along That black line. That's our guideline and their release. And there we have a nice arch. I'm going to come up to my select tool, Just slept on select off. And now I want to make another one just a little bit smaller, so I'm gonna click. Both sides are selected, right click to resize, come down to transform scale. I'm gonna make this 80% copy and there it ISS. Now we're going to use a new tool because I want these little anchors here to meet this black guideline. I'm going to go to the white Arrow, which is called the Direct Select Tool, and then come over to this anchor, click hold and Dragon and then bring it to where you want to bring it so you can bring it anywhere you want along the line. And let's go over here to the other one. He grabbed the anchor now because so you're not touching your mouth right now. You just moved over, and now you're going to click cold and drag with your mouse and move it anywhere you want. I'm going to move this anchor down a little bit, hearing, gonna click hold and then just drag that down and there it is. Now just hit my select tool. Select off just so I can see what I'm doing. I want a group these together now, so I'm gonna click this one. Pull down my shift, click the other one, come upto object group it. I want to copy this. So I'm going to control C Control V and then come over to my freeform tool. Spin it around, and then I could move it down. But I need to zoom up so I could see what I'm doing. Still selected. I'm gonna bring it down here. Now I'm going to zoom in and fix that up, okay? My freeform tools going to help me put it in position. So see how I'm using these guidelines of this point. Needs to be on the yellow line sometimes is not perfect. And that's okay. That looks good enough. Gonna zoom out and then just select select just so I could see everything. Very good. Now I'm going to click on my group of arches Hold my shift key down now Just movement most down And now with my shift key held down I'm gonna click again So I've got both selected and let's rotate this 30% right click transform, rotate 30% and copy. And now to move this all the way around, I'm going to do control de control de control de Control De And there it ISS We've already finished another circle. I'll see you in the next lesson. 9. Green Artwork: Welcome back to class in this lesson. We're gonna work on our green circle. This one's really easy because we're going to take something that we've already done and just copy it. So I'm going to control plus plus plus to move in to the band that we want to work on. Okay, which is this band here. But what I'm gonna do is grab the circles up here, turn them green, turn them upside down and put them right here. So I'm going to just select one because it's already grouped and that will select the entire section. I'm going to right click and resize. This dance would transform scale. I'm gonna make 50% and copy. I want to make a copy with my free transform tool. I'm gonna grab that group and bring it down. I can leave it here, but I want to turn these all the way around, so I'm gonna flip that over, and I'm just gonna move a little bit so I can see what I'm doing. Flip it over. It's going outside the lines, which I really don't want. So I think I'm going to scale this down a little bit more so it fits everything. Transform scale. I'm gonna make it 90%. I don't have to copy this because what I've got selected is what I want to shrink. There we go. Let's see now I could see that these air really close together. And the reason why is we have stroke weight at one point now. That worked really well when we were working with larger circles. But because we're working in smaller circles, wallet selected, let's change this even smaller. Let's try half a point. Let's try even smaller. That looks good. Now I'm going to just click, select and click anywhere just so I can see. Okay, so it's right on the line. So I'm gonna click everything again, grab my free transform and just move it a little bit. There. Now I need to change this to a green, so come up to my fill color. Let's make it a really nice bright green on. Both of these need to be the same set the same. Yes. Okay, it's selected, so I'm going to copy Paste. It's already on free transform. Gonna flip it over. I want to zoom out. Move this down to where it needs to be. I'm going to zoom back in and just move over so I could see what I'm doing. Okay, here we go. And this is a lot of practice to do this in a zoo moat. Send her a little bit. Okay? Lets start rotating this. So I'm going to click on that green part now I'm just gonna move down, and then before I click, I'm going to put down my shift key and then click. So I've selected both right click for transform, Rotate 30 degrees and we're gonna copy. So he made one copy. Now it's copied all the way around by control de Control de Control de Control De And there we go. Let's take a look at this. Very good. We've got another color done. I'll see you in the next lesson. 10. Orange Artwork (Should be Yellow Artwork. Corrected in the next lesson.): Hello and welcome back to class. We're going to be working on our orange circle this time. And just like the last lesson we're gonna borrow from something we've already done, I'm going to move up and just grab a group of the purple drops. Now, this is still grouped with the curved line, but we'll get rid of that in a moment. So I'm going to grab a copy of this and make it smaller by going right click Transform scale. I want a 50% copy of the purple, so I'm going to make that 50% and copy and free transform Move this down into the area that I want and zooming in and changing color. So I'm just going to click on this and make it orange. The stroke and the Phil will be orange. Now, the reason why this filled out in Orange is because of the scooping line. So we need to get rid of that while it's all selected. Let's on group. So coming back upto object on group. So now this isn't a group anymore, so I can click on the scooping line backspace to get rid of it. These air still grouped because we group them originally. So with my free transform tool, I'm gonna take hm and just move them in into position where I'd like them to be. I'm going to copy and paste Freeform is still selected. Zoom Oh, move these guys down into position. That looks about right. I'm going to select them both and start turning them. So just click that selected that item. I'm just gonna move down and hold down my shift key and click to select both right click transform, rotate 30% and copy. And then control De Control de Control de Control De. And there we are. We have another color done. I'll meet you in the next lesson. 11. Orange Artwork: Welcome back to class in this lesson. We're going to be working on our second to last band. But guess what? I made a mistake, and I want to share it with you. Instead of going back and redoing my whole other class about orange. The orange drops were supposed to be yellow, so I need to change the colors before we work on our riel orange band. So I'm going to come in and select this group, hold down my shift key and keep selecting groups. Hold down my shift key. I'm doing this slowly so I could see what I'm doing. And I really want to leave this mistake in because you need to see that people make mistakes and it's OK, I'm gonna come up to fill and make it yellow, come up to fill or come up to stroke and make that yellow. And there we go. So now let's work on our really orange band. I'm going to move in so I could see what I'm doing. And again, we're going to borrow from something that we've already done. We'll tweak it a little bit. Let's come up to these arches. I'm going to copy and paste, and I need to make that a lot smaller. So I'm going to transform and scale that down about 50% and turn it orange. It doesn't need to have a Phil, but it does need a orange stroke. There we go. Now with freeform tool, I'm going to move it into place. Zoom in a little bit more because I want to change this a little bit. Okay, Now I'm gonna come over to the direct select tool. Click on that. I want to take this anchor. Click hold and drag it over to the other anchor. And let's do that. Over here is we'll click. Hold and drag. Good. Now going to take those copy paste. Freeform tool. Turn them around, zoom out and just move these guys down. This is really coming together. And I could zoom in a little bit just the sea that their position looks pretty good. Zoom out and I'm going to select them both. Why? Click shift and then click, Rotate, transform, Rotate 30 degrees and coffee and then control De de de de. There we go. Now we're going to work on our very last color Red in the next lesson 12. Red Artwork: Hello and welcome back to class. In this lesson, we're going to complete the Mandela with the color red borrowing again from other things that we've done before. We're going to take the green circles and coffee and paste, and then bring them down into the red section, will copy a few of these and put them around, and then we're gonna add some big ones around it. Let's turn these red first, so come up to fill, make them red and stroke. Make them red, gonna zoom in and copy and paste to makes more with my free transform tool. I'm just going to move them around. I couldn't do that if I like Copy paste, use your imagination. Here, Copy paste. I just want to fill in this a little bit more than it. Waas. Now I'm going to come back to my free transform and turn that around. That's good there. And maybe one more copy paste somewhere in the middle and just put it on its side. There we go. I'm going to create a large red circle and put it all around some coming over to my circle and just hold on, drag. Just make a circle that I like, come back to my free transform Andi put it there and copy Paste. And I'm just gonna make a whole bunch of these to fill in some of the areas, some of the white areas. And again, we're just using our I to make spatial decisions. And if we don't like it, we can go back and change it. I think I might start making a few smaller ones, but not a small as the groups. So I'm going to transform and scale, and I'll just make this 1 75% and copy and paste. So now I'm getting towards the end, and I want to look for any white spots that look like they need a little bit of help without being too crowded. I could zoom Oda's well to see if I missed any spaces. I'm gonna zoom out now a couple more at the top, and I think we should be done. There we go. Now I'm gonna zoom out, take a look. Okay, so this is our seven color mandala. And in the next lesson, just before we add the black background will tweak things that we want to tweak for our final version. 13. Tidy up + Black Background: Hello and welcome back to class. Just before we get ready to add our black background and remove our circles and guidelines , I want to change a couple of things on this. Mandela just gonna zoom in just a little bit. I think I'd like toe add arches between these two arches all the way around. So how I'm going to do that is select one and then select the one at the bottom by just hitting my shift and click. And instead of rotating it 30 degrees, I'm gonna rotate this 15 degrees. So I'm going to transform, rotate 15 degrees and coffee, and now I'm going to control de all the way around and it fills that in really nicely and quit like that. The other thing that I noticed that I'd like to change is these little scooping lines. I think I'd like them to be a little thicker, so I'm going to select all of them by just clicking and then holding them my shift key and selecting them all. And I could make this thicker by coming up to my points and clicking on to just to make it twice as thick. Good. I like this. Now we're gonna select it all. And now we're gonna unlock because we want to remove the lines and circles that we don't need anymore. So we're going to unlock all good. And now we can click on that circle and click on. You might have to zoom in a little bit so that you don't accidentally grab something. Start clicking on the lines and backspace if you make a mistake and I'm gonna show you what I mean. So let's say I click to this and I hit backspace and I got rid of it. All I have to do is control Zed or Control Z, and the last thing I did is undone. So that's good. And come to click backspace, click back space. There's that yellow line. I'm going to click that that guideline and move up. There's no more lines now, but let's get rid of the circles. I didn't keep the circles. If you like them, I like to get rid of them. Here we go. Now I'm going to zoom out, and that's the Mandela. And now let's add that black background. To do that, we need to make a rectangle exactly the same size as our letter sized paper. So we're coming over to the shapes and we're going to select the rectangle and just click anywhere. And we want our rectangle to be letter size, which is 8.5 wide by 11 and enter. We need this to be black, so let's come up to fill and hit black strokes already black. Now we're gonna do a new tool, right click and come down to a range. We want to send this big black rectangle to the back send to back, and then it goes behind the Mandela. We can use our free transform tool to move the big black rectangle into place, or again come up to our X and Y access by centering by making this 4.25 like we did before by 5.5, and there it ISS zoom in just a little bit. There is our seven color Mondal a with a black background 14. Final Thoughts: Hello and welcome to final Thoughts. I hope you enjoy this class. I really enjoyed teaching it, and I hope you enjoy making a class project and sharing it with me. My contact information is that ari north dot com and I also hope that you get to spend lots of time playing with Adobe Illustrator and creating your own mandala designs.