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Drawing Mandalas to Unlock Your Creativity

teacher avatar Carolina Mendieta, Artist, Yoga Instructor

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Module 1 - Intro

    • 2. Module 2 - Materials

    • 3. Module 3 - Creating Guidelines

    • 4. Module 4 - Creating Patterns

    • 5. Module 5 - Creating Multiple Mandalas with Simple Patterns

    • 6. Module 6 - Creating a story with a mandala and final thoughts :)

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About This Class

Drawing mandalas are great for those who feel stuck or blocked creatively. It´s an easy way to strengthen the creative muscles, train your mind to work with symmetry and loosens up your hands for more creativity! 

In this class you will learn how to design your personalized mandala step by step with simple patterns using a compass, protractor, ruler, pencil and paper. But don't worry if you don't have materials handy! I've uploaded 2 practice sheets that you can download and begin your mandala journey.

You will learn how to create multiple mandalas with the same patterns, specifically for those moments where you don´t know what to create. 

For the class project you will create one personalized 6 sided mandala.


  • Introduction to Mandalas
  • Materials and setting an intention
  • Create symmetry through guidelines
  • Creating your own patterns
  • Incorporating patterns into your guidelines
  • Creating a story with a mandala, tips and summary of class.
  • Thank you!


This class is for beginners or intermediate level.  No experience in drawing necessary.

This class won't cover the theory of mandalas: it´s complete meaning, history or psychological & emotional benefits.



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Carolina Mendieta

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1. Module 1 - Intro: welcome to drive in Dallas to a lot of creativity. In this video, I will give you a brief overview of what will cover in class also how I got into Mandela's and what to expect for this class. This class, you will learn how to create a six sided Mandela, using simple shapes and figures and forms that you will create simple patterns that you will create as well. Using a ruler. Com. Pass a protractor on a pencil, But don't worry if you don't have these materials handy. I have also uploaded to practice sheets that you can use without having any materials at all. Just a pencil. Of course, you will also learn how to use intention to get the best out of the class and also to release any blockages that you have. So Mandela's a really good for this because they help us moves in her hands. It helps so spilled memory through the repetition of patterns and shapes and also proportion and symmetry. We work a lot with proportion symmetry with mandalas, and this just helps us to build memory internal memory, so eventually, within time you will learn how to make Mandela's very very easily and very simple, and this will also help you with your drawing skills or painting skills along the way. So my name is Carolina. I'm a visual artist, and I got into mandalas about two years ago. I got into art in general about two years ago. I never really went to school for art, and I was really, really blocked creatively. And I got into art in a moment that I was really depressed and anxious on had heard that painting was really good for this, but just the fact just the thought of grabbing a pencil or a brush to paint or draw just gave me so much stress on frustrated me even more because I didn't know what you mean. I didn't know what to draw. I was just really block. So I run upon this photo on instagram or article that I read about mandalas and how they really helpful for depression and all of these issues that I had back then. So I started to learn about them and I started to draw them, and within such a short time, I just saw how much I was improving emotionally, psychologically and also how I was learning more about myself with the demon Dallas, and also I would see how my skills were improving so much with drawing and painting in general. And it just became so much easier for me to just start drawing model because I really didn't have to think much of what to do. And then this is what you're gonna learn. This what I will teach you that even though you don't know what to do, you can just choose three simple patterns and you can make so many different Mandela's with that, and then you just color them or fill them with ink or whatever you want to do with them. So in this class, I will not cover the theory of mandalas are the benefits, but just a technique so that you can just start practicing and just start loosening off that creativity within you. Okay, so for your final project, you will create a six side of mandala using the patterns, forms and shapes that you will create on your own as well. So I encourage you to post a photo of your progress or any practice that you don and of your final project and share with me and the rest of the students. And if you have any questions along the way, please ask. And I would gladly help you. I really hope that you enjoy this class and I will see the next video. 2. Module 2 - Materials: Hello. Welcome back in this video. I'll show you what materials you'll need to practice and for your final project. So don't worry. If you don't have the materials handy have also bloated thes practice sheets that you can download and begin creating your patterns. And Mandela's, you know, for those days you don't want to spend time creating guy lines or when you don't have all the materials to draw. Okay, So for this class, we're going to need a paper. If you don't haven't downloaded the practice sheet, we're also gonna need a pencil and ink pen. And this is optional if you want to. Also, we're going to need a ruler, okay? And we're also going to need a calm pass. A small one or big one, whichever you have. And a protractor. Now they sell these either 3 60 all the way. All the circle or half. Either one is great. Okay, so after you have your materials, we're going to set an intention for class. Okay, So this is your intention is what you want to get out of this class at the end. Instant intentions are statements that help us have an objective. It clear vision or gold at insights action. It helps our mindfully focus and bring Oliver attention to the specific outcome that we want to experience. Therefore, when we're drawing mandalas, we can work on our creative intuition, our emotions, our psyche and our creativity. So all oh, intentions air. Welcome, for example, I'm writing. My intention is to express my creativity and free my emotions. Since this class is about unlocking our creativity right and look in your fortuity. Also, another example could be. My intention is to fully express my creativity or my intention is do a lot of opportunity or my intention is just to have fun and have joy. Whatever intention you have, just write it down. There's power in writing. So take your pan or pencil and write it on the top of the page where you will draw your Mandela so you can remember your intention as you practice and as you do your final project 3. Module 3 - Creating Guidelines: Hello again. In this video, we will start creating guidelines for our Mandela's. I will teach you a very basic guidelines so you can get started. We will create a six sided Mandela guy line. But first we must know that Mandela's are composed of layers and divisions. Layers are multiple concentric circles growing outward. So think of a cake with its multiple layers. Me now divisions are sections of the same size of a circle. Now think of a pizza cut in the same size. Yummy. That looks good, by the way. Okay, so you can create multiple layers and multiple divisions that is up to you. However, the more layers and divisions you create, the more complex the Mandela and the longer it takes for you to complete. Now, for this class, we will create very basic one. So don't get confused with too much numbers and math, which I will leave for future classes. Okay, so we will begin, um, with an easy guy line six sided. Mandela. I like to think of it as connecting the dots where we're creating guidelines. So the more you practice, the less you will need these guy islands. However, most people that drama Dallas still use them as it really helps them to keep everything symmetrical and in place. So for to start, we're going to put a dot in the center of the page and we're going to divide 360 which is the circumference of the circle and the circumference of your tractor into six. Okay, so 3 60 divided into six gives us 60 so we're going to make a mark in zero, and then we're going to make a mark in 60. Okay, that's the size of our division. And then we're gonna add 60 plus 60 is 1 20 plus 60 again, It's 1 80 and then so forth. So we'll keep on connecting, um, the dots And there we go. We have our Marx already. Now we're going to take a ruler, and we're going to connect the dots. Okay. So always making sure that the line goes through the center. Okay, so we make a line from top, but center to bottom dot OK, and then we keep on doing the same thing on the other side, and then we're going to do one more, and that will be our total divisions. Okay, so we have a six sided division now we're going to do the layers. OK, so we're going to put the tip of the compass in the center. Okay, press it very much and press it with your two fingers on the top and make an inclination of your compass just slightly, always pressing down gate and then begin to make the circles. I explained this part and I know it sounds, um, pretty obvious. Right, But in my workshops, most people have a hard time using compasses. So make sure that you press down with your index finger and your thumb. Okay, so you're gonna get the tip and press down and then just slightly inclined making inclusion of your compass and just begin creating the circles in minima tic practice. For some, it's easy for some it's not OK, so we're going to make a total of five circles, and the division of each circle depends totally on you. I like to create ah small one in the center. And as I grow out, I make the separations bigger and bigger. OK, so there we go. We have are excited. Mandela guideline 4. Module 4 - Creating Patterns: Hey, welcome back in this video, I will show you how to create patterns for this. I suggest downloading the graph paper I have attached or get a graph Paper notebook graph. Paper helps us keep our patterns proportionate, and it's a great way to build memory by repetition. So if you can see here, I've created a few ideas in the graph paper that you can use or you can get inspired with anything you like. So right here making circles. So these air basic shapes like circles, triangles, you can add some squares, rectangles. Anything that comes to mind is great for Mandela's. Another very basic shape is pedals. There are different kinds of pedals in different forms in different ways, so just flow with your creativity and just put in the graph paper, any shape, form or figure that comes to mind. Okay, so here I always tell my students, they have complete freedom to use your curative ity, get inspired with nature, get inspired with the city, get inspired with architecture. You can get eggs inspired with animals. You can get inspired with the universe anything basically So, for example, come quite obsessed with space. So I like to create different shapes. Like suns, moons, stars, spirals, etcetera. Right. I will show you how to incorporate thes later. Okay. Um, also, you can get inspired with flowers, petals of different sizes and anything. Basically. So put it down. I would suggest you keep this graph paper. Um, handy with you Any time that you need inspiration, just you just come to your pattern sheet and just get a couple of different patterns that you will incorporate two different Mandela's. Okay, So go ahead and begin creating your patterns. Begin by doing the circles first. I have made a little bit of shading of each shape so that you can just start getting the hang of it and started moving your hand and no starting to memorize all of these shapes and patterns, right? Eventually, you won't need this sheet to create mandalas. You will be so used to all of these patterns and you remember in your mind will memorize all of these that it would just come natural to you. And trust me, this is what happened to me and for didn't know what to create and know what shapes to add to my Mandela's But if I had a reference sheet, it was so much simpler for me to create different Mandela's and, you know, just have more creativity. And once you start creating mandalas and just start buying them automatically, your mind your you know your creative intuition just starts to download information and you start adding more things to your Mandela. So don't be afraid of adding any shape and any thing that comes to mind. If you have started using the pattern sheet, please share it with the students. Share with me, and if you have any questions as well, just feel free to ask. But this is very simple. There are no no right or wrong, you know, patterns or shapes. Everything is accepted here, so don't be afraid. Just flow with it. You can make lines. You can make thick lines, thin lines, anything basically. So just try to do it all and complete the whole page. I would suggest that so that you can. As like I said, you can have more repetition, and this could be ingrained in your mind so that eventually you don't need to come back to see the pattern sheet for reference right So here I'm going to pick four different shapes, and I'm going to add them. And this graph that I created in this page that I'm going to do the mandalas. Okay, So in the papers that I attached there guidelines And also there's graphs where you can just pick some shapes from your pattern sheet and just at them there and just, you know, started practicing. And then you can start incorporating them into your Mandela. Okay, So begin doing that. You can pause the video if you want to or just, you know, practice any time you can do Ah, couple while you're you know, it's like a sect doodling so you can do it any time that you're bored or just want to, like start, you know, memorizing all these patterns and just getting the hang of it and practicing. So go ahead and then we'll see you else. You in the next video to show you how come wreaking incorporate thes into ERM in Dallas 5. Module 5 - Creating Multiple Mandalas with Simple Patterns: Hello. Welcome back in this video, I will show you how to incorporate the patterns into the Mandela. So to start off, we pick one pattern and we're gonna put it inside one of the divisions within the first layer. Okay, so we're just going to repeat the same thing as you can see in the video, the same pattern over again. Okay. Now I am starting with the second layer, and I started in the center of the paddle, as you can see, So I just repeat the same thing the same pattern over again within the same layer, okay. And and just flow with it. And I decided to you only do three patterns now because I wanted to show you how easy it is to make different Mandela's with only three patterns. But I would suggest that you start off with 3 to 6 patterns just so that the Mandela can look cohesive and that everything can look connected. Okay. Eventually, you will start, just, you know, using a lot of patterns. And the Mandela's will look more complex. But to start off, just begin with simple patterns. We couldn't get the hang of it, and then you can start with you. No more complex ones. So as well as I told you, you can start within that the center of the pedal, or you can start where the division starts. So now I'm starting with the pedal ends and I'm connecting the dot all over. You know where the division starts. So that is totally up to you. In the next video, I'm gonna show you how we can use figures that are not connected. Like if you can see here, I'm connecting everything. All the pedals are connected to the divisions and everything is connected, you know. But there's also different ways to do Mandela's without actually having to connect the dots are having or anything be connected at all. So I will show you that in the following video. But for now, I'm just, you know, just getting the patterns and just repeating the same pattern as you can see em. Just repeating this pattern that I did in the beginning and the first layer. And I'm just repeating it and putting it somewhere where I feel it might look nice. And now here I'm just ending with the same pedal, the same shape of the pedal I used before and just repeating it all over again until I finish with my Mandela. So I like to make the structure first. And then as I am drawing it, I like to add more details. So I will suggest you can You can do that as well. Now, here, I'm going to take my ink pen. I'm just gonna, you know, draw over it. I usually don't use the pencil anymore because I have practice and everything, but I would suggest you use the pencil first in case anything you go goes wrong and then you just get your independent. Just draw over it. That would be something easier for you to start with. As you can see, I'm just, you know, drying over it. And once I am done, I start coloring and filling in the parts that I want to shade or, you know, having black. So I'm done with the first Mandela and now I'm going to work on the second Mandela using the same shapes. Now I'm going to start with a different shape. So I picked the same three shapes that I use in my previous Mandela. But I'm going to start with a different one. So I'm starting with a triangle here and now I'm using the ink pen. So that is up to you. You can start with an ink plan, even if you miss up. Don't worry. Remember, this is only practice, so try not to stress. That looks perfect. It doesn't have to look perfect. Trust me, it's all about the process. At the beginning, we're always very self critical, and that is something that happened to me a lot of times and it still happens. Trust me, I don't think that goes away or, I don't know, maybe it does. But please don't be self critical. That's like the worst thing you can do to yourself. Especially if you're if you want to release any blockage. And if you just want to get creative, think of it as having fun. Think of having fun. Think of something new. Be excited about drawing. Be excited about learning this. Okay? So don't be too stressed of the outcome. Nobody's gonna watch it if you're gonna show it to someone you know, Show it. But just don't expect people to love it, okay? Just and not even you you don't really have to love it either. Just do it because how it makes you feel at first, okay? And even though you might think it doesn't look nice, it actually does look nice. So we really can't go wrong with in Dallas, like Mondays are just beautiful. They're just beautiful, however. They're created, you know, and they just remind me of flowers. And no flower is exactly the same. Like everyone follows. The same pattern, like every flower follows a specific pattern, but no flower is exactly the same. So it's the same with Mandela's. No, Mandela is the same as the next one you create, so just honor it first, its uniqueness and in front for what it's trying to show you, OK, and just enjoy the process while you're doing it. So here I am, almost done here, creating the second Mandela. And as you can see, it's looking pretty different than the than the previous one, although it does look similar because obviously I'm using the same patterns, so they both look very cohesive. Okay, so now here I'm doing the 3rd 1 and just exactly same. I started with a circle, so another thing that I would recommend when doing Mandela's is that you can choose to use the layers as part of your Mandela and also the divisions. If you want to keep the divisions, go ahead and just, um, outlined them with your bent or their pen. If you don't want whatever you don't want to use, just keep it in as a pencil. Okay, so that you can raise later. And I'm just like doodling just things that are coming up in my mind. If you ever don't know what to add next, just use the same patterns. It's so easy and just you know it. Put them in different ways, and you'll see how it's something really beautiful. Comes out with just three different three simple patterns. All right, so here it iss the three Mandela's 36 sided Mandela's with the same shapes completely different. So if you have started with your Mandela, please share it, share it with us, sure, with the other students share with me, and if you have any questions, please let me know along the way. So in the next video, we'll show you how incorporate figures into your Dallas 6. Module 6 - Creating a story with a mandala and final thoughts :) : Okay, So in this video, I'm going to show you how to incorporate figures into our Mandela's. So, as you can see, a have some figures that I created about space since I really love space, I made some stars, moons, planets and suns. And I'm going to incorporate it in this guy line and the same sex cited guy line so that you can see that we don't necessarily have to connect each figure to the guidelines, okay, or connect them overall. So I'm starting with a diamond shape, and I started it in the center. But you can always start from the second layer if you want. Okay, so there are no rules or anything. You can do whatever you want. Basically, if you want to put a circle or a dot in the center of that division, you can do that as well. Okay, so since the form in the shape is a diamond shaped kind of connects with the rest, but as you can see here, I'm creating a moon, and I'm just creating one in that specific division of Ganges, repeating the same thing all over again in the next division as well within the same layer and you can rotate the paper so that you know, everything comes out straight and it looks it looks very symmetrical as well. So now I'm going to add a son in the division where it starts. So this time of Mandela is really good. If you want to tell the story, so pick a story that you want to tell and always begin from the center. Okay, So the centers considered to be the beginning and as it grows outward, is you know, every layers, like a different challenger. Every layer is like a new chapter. So just think of whatever you want to communicate through your Mandela and then figure out a way of making that message into small shapes and figures and forms that you want to incorporate in the Mandela. So if you can see in the master and the mast ICS in the asked eggs and then the Mayas, you can see that their calendars are mandalas as well. And they were communicating all of this important information for us and for us to know when to keep for thousands of years. So Mandela's are really sacred, and they're all over the world. and they're all over nature all over our creation. And if you look very closely to things, you will notice that Mandela's are everywhere, basically, so treat them with that sacredness. And sometimes Mandela's just want to communicate something with you. So they're just a message. You know, they're just something that the creator wants to communicate or what the Mandela wants to communicate to the creator. So there it ISS. I'm quite happy how it turned out, and once we raised the guy lines, the Manila will look like it's floating, and that's K. That's what we want, but it will still look connected and and cohesive and very symmetrical as well. So as you can remember in previous videos, I told you about filling in your Mandela with ink pan or colors, so either one looks beautiful. I love how it looks with colors, but I prefer more black and white, and this is totally up to you. This is your preference. When I do back in white, I always interpose the colors, so if I start with white, the next layer will be black and then the next layer will be white and so forth. So if you can see here. I'm just creating more shapes within the same shape just so that I can add more detail. And this is a tip that I would recommend every time that you if you feel that your Mandela is very plain and simple, just keep repeating the same patter within that pattern, okay? And that helps to look that helps it to look more, you know, filled and with more details. So I like to add a lot of black to my Mandela's. But you can change this, and instead of, you know, putting black where I put it black, you can leave it in white and then just the tiny details. You can add them in black, and that looks beautiful, a swell. So just practice, however, way works for you and and see which one resonates with you as a while. So if you can see, I've completely filled in my Mandela with black and just play around with whatever you lie , whatever you prefer and see what resonates with you. So this is it, Guys, thank you so much for your patients for being here. We did all of these Mandela's, and I'm sure you did great. Please share your project with me. Share with the rest of the students. And if you have any questions or if you have specific requests for me to do for future classes, please let me know and I will gladly do it for you. So thank you very much. I really hope that you enjoy this class and that it helped you not only learn about Mandela's, but learn more about yourself and that your creativity just flows and you can create amazing things in the future. So thank you very much and I will see you in future classes.