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Create a Mandala Using a Template

teacher avatar Sacil Armstrong, Calm Creator & CZT

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6 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Anyone Can Make A Mandala Using a Template

    • 2. Intro

    • 3. Tools & Shapes

    • 4. Create Your Mandala

    • 5. Variations

    • 6. Wrapping Up Your Project

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Do you want to draw a mandala but feel intimidated by a blank page? Or do all your mandalas tend to look the same? Use one of the templates provided and some simple shapes to create your own personal mandala. The template will provide a guide for you to fill in with repeating patterns, creating a beautiful piece of art to color or shade. Although we’ll all use the same templates, our completed mandalas will look completely different!

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Sacil Armstrong

Calm Creator & CZT


I am an accidental artist. Growing up, I always wanted to be creative, but I didn't think I had any talent. I started beading in college and gained a whole new perception of myself! I loved weaving with tiny seed beads and making abstract beaded tapestries. 

A beading friend introduced me to Zentangle, abstract art as meditation. I did it on my own and loved it. Then I took a class and found out I had only been doodling! I had been missing the "Zen." I loved The Zentangle Method so much that I flew to Providence, RI to be trained as a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).

Now I combine my love of Zentangle with other forms of art and meditation to help people find their Calm in the Chaos. Letting go of the fear of making mistakes opens up so many possibili... See full profile

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1. Anyone Can Make A Mandala Using a Template: - way . 2. Intro: welcome to creating mandalas using a template. My name is Cecile Armstrong or Bahamian Girl, and I am a certified sent tangle teacher. Mandalas and sent angle have several things in common. They're abstract, meditative and use repeating shapes to create intricate and beautiful patterns. Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means so called and represents wholeness. Traditionally, mandalas represent an individual's connection to the universe. However, it's OK to create one just because you like it. A man dolla is composed of concentric layers of balance geometric shapes. In other words, you start with the shape in the center and then add shapes to create larger and larger rings around that center shape generally man dollars. A circular. Although I have seen square and triangular man dollars, there are several ways to draw a mandala. You can drive them freehand. You can create, agreed to draw what I call structured mandalas. You can use my favorite method what I call semi structured mandalas where you draw circles with a compass and then freehand draw your patterns and you can also use another of my favorite methods, which we will cover today, creating a mandala with a template 3. Tools & Shapes: Welcome back for this class, you only need two things. A mandala template and a fine felt tip pen. If you click on the class project button, it's grow down to the bottom of the screen. You will find three templates available for download. This 1st 1 is a circular pattern with five sections. Then there is this flower template, and lastly, there's this Ah, flower encircle template East design includes two pages and three sizes for each template is one that fills a letter sized page, and then Page two includes two sizes. The circular one is the size of his entangles and doll. Oh, and then the 2nd 1 is the size of a traditional is entangled tile a 3.5 inch square. If you like these, you can find more free downloadable mandala templates on my website at my creative mischief dot com. Before we start, I'd like to review the basic shapes those of you familiar with entangle are going to recognize the faiths. These basic shapes that I'm going to go over can create almost any pattern almost any faith that she would want to use in a mandala. And those shapes R dot a line and s see and an orb. Now, with these five shades, a dot is always gonna be a dot It can be having how whatever size you wanted to be. A line is a basic shape that can build square. A triangle can just be drawn parallel to create a pattern and s used as a shape and not as a letter can create. Wavy lines can be used squished together can even crisscross if you take it to extremes A C seen as a shape and not a letter can be drawn very wide, very shallow can be squished and drawn very narrowly and or not a perfect circle Justin orb can be squished into an ellipsis Very tall Louisville can be squished flat and be turned on an angle. So if these five shakes, you can create almost any shape that she would want to use in a mandala. Even if you're just doing like 1/2 away fish right here the shape that you will find in many traditional mandalas. However, this is just half of an s shape. So just keep this in mind that you don't have to use very complicated patterns. You can use very basic shapes to create your man doll. Oh, 4. Create Your Mandala: Welcome back. We're going to jump right into filling in our template with patterns. I am using the third download available in your class project section. It's called Template Number eight, and I am going to fill in 1/4 of this mandala template and then show you what the completed template looks like. I'm going to use boards and tangle patterns for this project, and if you're looking for more pattern ideas, you can always check outs entangled dot com in their newsletter section, where they published their official patterns. You can also check out tangle patterns dot com where you can find mawr unofficial pentangle patterns. Okay, I'm going to use for patterns like I said, and the 1st 1 is called Knightsbridge, and this is basically a checkerboard. So I'm gonna draw two lines down and divide this into three sections and you can see that my lines are a little bit curved because the pedal is kind of curved, and I'm gonna curve thes lines as well. Because this line down here is not flat. It's curve, some kind of follow in the pattern, and my lines are not exactly street, and that's OK because I'm doing this for fun. If you doing it just for fun and to relax. You don't need to beat yourself up about your lines being perfect. Okay, Now, to complete the pattern, you just fill in every other block and you will have your checkerboard pattern. And that is a basic Knightsbridge. And for this pedal, because I want the backpedals to alternate. So for this pedal, I'm going to do a similar pattern. It's called Jonquil with a J. And again I'm going to divide this pedal into three sections. And again, my lines are slightly curved. And for this one, rather than doing straight lines across, the lines are going to be a little slanted and it's going to create a Chevron pattern. And so, for every slanted line that I do, I'm gonna try to keep the angle about the same as the lines before. You don't have to keep your spacing exactly the same. Between your between your slanted lines, you can do some of them closer together and then go wide again just to kind of give it a different look or to give it more interest in this. This is junk will. Now you can go in and fill in spaces like you did with Knightsbridge if you want to. And so for this one, rather than filling it in black, I'm just going to draw, draw some stripes and then for this opposite one. I'm going to drama stripes in the other direction. And so this is nice bridge, and this is junk wall. So we've already filled in two of our leads. Now for this main leaf, I'm going to do all six of these main leaves the same. And so the pattern I'm going to do on this one is called between and for this one, I need the point of the pedal pointing towards me, and so you could draw kind of a curve line and then have, like, a little to your drop at the end, and you're gonna end up with a woven look. But I have in the little dots at the end, it gives it a little more weight and a little more interests than just doing just plain straight lines Go, you know, being woven together and you'll notice that I'm turning my paper. And that's because it's easier for me to draw if I turn my paper. The paper doesn't mind moving. My wrists and hands would be all bent out of shape if I was turning them around trying to get my get the angle right so I could draw these lines. And again if your lines are not exactly straight, if they're a little wobbly, that is quite all right. Point is to enjoy the process. So to slow down, remember to breathe and enjoy making your patterns. So I'm almost done with this big leaf, and that is between I think I want to add one more. Yeah, that looks done. And so I'm done with my leaf patterns. And so now I need to fill in my circles. And what I want to do with those is use the pattern called Tripoli, and I'm going to do it two different ways. So Tripoli is on a one of my favorite patterns. I just like I just like the way the triangles off it together. And it's a good one to do for for our circle and so gonna trace part of this circle. And then I'm gonna come towards the center and then come back up still have my triangle and we're going to do, like, six piece of slices around this circle. So I'm going to start here on this one, and then I'm gonna trace set line. Now, since we're doing six triangles or triple leaves, I know that I want to have three of them on 1/2. So I've got to. And so for this 3rd 1 I'm gonna follow this line out to the edge that I can parallel that line and then trace Ma outside of my circle. And I'm going to continue to do that, follow this line, and then I'm gonna parallel the lot next to it and then trace my outer circle. And then again, I'm gonna follow that line. Parallel that peace in Trace my outer circle. And then for this last one, I can just parallel both of the triangles that are already there and trace this outer circle. And that is your basic Tripoli. And so I'm going to do the same thing on this one, and then once I have Tripoli on both, I'm going to do some different designs on the inside because I'm gonna want these to be a little different rather than having 12 of same circle going all the way around. We'll have them alternate the same way we did with the little leaves. Okay, So I have not basic Tripoli in both of the circles. And now I'm going to go in and make a different pattern in each one of these circles. And so this 1st 1 what I'm gonna do is a little arc from corner to corner. And this is another pattern that's called Crescent Moon. Crescent moon is basically a a C shape or 1/2 circle. So I'm going to do it on each one of these little triangles and that breaks up that triangle space and gives me another place, The color. When I'm done, it has a little bit more. A little bit more interest to my pattern so that I don't have one one huge, empty space. Okay, so that's one section. And now for this very last Tripoli. What I'm gonna dio is just you a line and a dot towards the center of the triangle. Going to do that for each one, and that's gonna make this circle with Tripoli look completely different from the 1st 1 This is the final one And so that is your basic 1/4. And we filled it in with four patterns. Knightsbridge, John quo between in Tripoli. And once you've done that all the way around, this is what you're mandala would look like. And so this is just your basic line drawing and ah, completion of your actual line are for your mandala in the next section. I'll show you different ways that you can use this template toe create different looks, so I'll see you in the next section. 5. Variations: Welcome back. We left off with our template filled in with our line drawings of our patterns. And this looks great. It looks like a great coloring page. Um, it doesn't look complete to me because there's so much white space, but it looks like a great piece to color. And when you get to this stage, I highly encourage you to make several copies. That way you can fill it in several different ways. You can color it different ways, put different designs within your designs to make your a mandala several different ways, and I'm gonna show you the process I went through to fill this in in black and white. The first thing I did was filling black where there was a lot of white space, and you could see that I filled in these little triangles in between the main leaves. And it looks like a circle behind those leads also filled in the center of the Tripoli with the crescent moon. And then where I put Crescent Moon in the center, I filled in every other one so that it looks strikes and adding this black anchors this piece and makes it look more solid with the next stage. I went in with a soft, leaded pencil and added some shading on the edges of the leaves, all of them, the front ones in the back once, and I use the tort Ilyin or smudge stick and just smoothed out my pencil lines so that it becomes shaded. And I did this with several layers to get this look. The other place where I did the shading and use my torch. Really a nurse, much sick is with the Tripoli. I did the pencil around the edge and then used to smudge stick to draw the graphite towards the centre. But I left the center white and I also did it in the center of the flower, around the edge. And again, I used must much steak and drew the graphite towards the centre and left the center white. But adding the shading makes this peaks look more three dimensional. It kind of pops off the page. The only difference between this one and this one is the pencil shading, and so you can see the difference that it makes on another copy. I used colored pencil, and so with this one, I used to shades each of green, blue orange. And then I used a pink into red together like bright colors. And so I really like how this came out. And again. I want to encourage you to make several copies of your Leinart so that you can experiment with different ways of filling in your mandala. I'll show you the black and white and the color next to each other, and they look totally different. I like them both, and so I'll look for you. In the next video. We'll talk about how to upload your project and possibly posted on Instagram. 6. Wrapping Up Your Project: When you've completed your template, please scan or photograph your mandala and upload it to the class gallery by clicking the Blue Start Project button on the right of your screen. Make a few comments about the process and your finished product. You can edit your project, so feel free to upload more than one mandala or show off the process. Once you've uploaded your project to the class gallery, feel free to post it on instagram with the hashtag mandala mischief. Be short, attack me at my creative mischief.