How to draw a mandala from scratch | Valentina Raventos | Skillshare
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9 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Being creative and 4 benefits of drawing mandalas for our creativity and self growth

    • 3. The B.O.E Principle and basic tools needed to draw a mandala

    • 4. Pizza Quadrants: Drawing the outline of your mandala

    • 5. Oval or rounded petals

    • 6. Pointed or sharp petals

    • 7. Mixed petals

    • 8. Decorations and filling the rest of the mandala

    • 9. Class Project & Final thoughts

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About This Class


In this class you will learn the basic steps to create and draw your very own mandala from scratch.

Don't worry, this is not an exclusive class for artists. You don't even need to know how to draw. In this class EVERYONE IS CREATIVE, and that includes YOU!!!

We each have a unique style that comes out in different colors and designs. We need to re-learn to see the beauty in our creativity, instead of always comparing ourselves to others.

Your unique inner creative potential has a message for you, and it's time you started listening to it and exercising with it, so you can benefit from it.



Mandalas are typically used as an art therapy tool for calming the mind and nervous system as well as an active meditation tool that helps channel and transform different states of emotion.

Mandalas are an excellent way to exercise your inner creative potential, which we use (or tend to underuse) in almost every action and activity of our everyday life.



With this class you will explore your subconcious and tap into your hidden or rusty potential to develop your creative mind and being, so you can apply it in your day to day routines.

Starting from basic steps, you will unravel a whole world of possibilities through your own creativity by creating and drawing your very own mandalas.


LESSON 1 - Introduction

LESSON 2 - Being creative and 4 benefits of drawing mandalas for our creativity and self growth

LESSON 3 - The B.O.E Principle and basic tools needed to draw a mandala

LESSON 4 - The Pizza Quadrants: Drawing the outline of your mandala

LESSON 5 - Flower theme - Three kinds of petals: Oval or rounded

LESSON 6 - Flower theme - Three kinds of petals: Pointed or sharp

LESSON 7 - Flower theme - Three kinds of petals: Mixed

LESSON 8 - Decorations and filling the rest of the mandala

LESSON 9 - Class Project & Final thoughts

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Valentina Raventos

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to my class. How to draw a Mandela from scratch on Valentina on my writer on artist on an explorer of creativity, I will teach you step by step. What do you need to know to draw on? Create your very own Mandela from scratch. And don't worry, this is not an explosive class for artists. You don't even need to know how to draw in this class. Everyone is creative, and that includes you. If you want to be more creative, just need Twitter. Such a great agility muscle. On one way of doing that, it's like drawing Mandela's. Mandela's are typically used us an art therapy tool for calming the mind and nervous system , as well as an active meditation toe that helps channel and transform different states of emotion in Dallas on excellent way to exercise your creativity, the more Mandela strong, the more you reinforce and develop your creative muscle, a k A. You will be expanding your ability to be creative not only in the drawing department but in your daily routines as well. In this class, I wonder to relearn, to see the beauty in their unique creativity. And yes, we will also learn how to draw two types of flour and Dallas using an easy to follow technique. But the important thing will be that no matter what the results, they won't be beautiful because they will have come from you. So joining and tap into your subconscious to rediscover your in a creative potential and along the way also enjoy one of the most popular active meditation on our therapy tools in the world. See you in the next video. 2. Being creative and 4 benefits of drawing mandalas for our creativity and self growth: welcome to listen to. The first thing I want to do is share with you my definition off what it means to be creative. And then we'll go over the benefits of drawing me in Dallas so onto the first thing to be created doesn't mean you have to have an artistic ability to be creative means that you have the ability to create to create your reality From the moment we wake up in the morning and choose the clothes that we are going to wear to preparing in choosing the meals that we eat to establishing relationships with others or even the way we manage and solve specific situations, we are all creative because we're always creating every decision that we make and every action that would take our creative acts. And it's about time that we are conscious about it. So where the benefits off join a Mandela for creativity? Benefit number one. Mandela's are inactive meditation tool. There are more ways to meditate than just sitting still and concentrate on your breathing. Mandela's help. You meditate while you draw on color. That's why it's call an active meditation to because thrown activity in which you are moving or doing something. You focus on your task, a k a. Your concentrating in the here and now. Benefit number two. Mandela's help You connect with the here and now Moment. What does this mean exactly? And why is it important for daily routines and our creativity? To connect with the here and now means the your awareness stays with the present moment. The moment you are experiencing right now, our thoughts turn to remind us of things that happened in the past, or they make us focus and things that haven't happened yet in the future. Mandela's help you keep your focus in the test that you're doing by making you choose colors and forms to bring to life you're drawing. This practice creates a state of awareness to the details of our surroundings, as well as our inner feelings, desires and thoughts. And this awareness is what helps us create not only a Mandela but our reality in our everyday actions. Benefit number three. When Dallas help us connect with their inner creative potential, remember, there is a difference between having an artistic ability and being creative. We are all creative on. We just need to exercise our creativity. Muscle. Mandela's are an excellent tool for exercising your creative muscle. They help you develop the awareness to stay focused on the here and now on by selecting on applying colors and shapes to you're drawing, you're connecting with your inner creative potential. Your inner creative potential is the one that helps you design possibilities and alternatives to the activities and task that you put your focus on, even on a subconscious level. The more you exercise your creativity with Mandela's, the more you will connect with your inner creative potential. Awakening also the wonderful power off your in tradition. Benefit number four. Mandela's Help us observe and filter our thoughts and emotions. Imagine. It's like cleaning your closet where you let go off all the unnecessary things. If you make space, you go let new things in through drawing a Mandela. You are allowing your excess off thoughts to go out of your head so you can make room for some new fresh ones. The same with your emotions. You need to express the ones you're having or even stuck with, like anxiety into colors and shapes, so you may allow a new emotion to take its place. This is how your subconscious can put order into your inner chaos and in return that's how inspiration strikes and new ideas air born so observed your thoughts and feelings assigned colors or shapes to the ones that need to come out on. Be open to the new possibilities your head and your gut will throw at you because they will be letting you know how to do things differently. In the end, your creativity expands when you let go and enjoy the process. So this is it for lesson to say in the next video. 3. The B.O.E Principle and basic tools needed to draw a mandala: welcome to lessen three. In this lesson, we will go over what I call the Bowie principle or b o e. Breathe, observe, express principle and how it is essential to draw Mandela. And then I will outline the basic tools needed to draw Mandela from scratch. So let's get on to the boy principle. Breathe observed. Express the essential guides in the making of a Mandela. I agree. Breathing allows oxygen to go into her brain, which in turns signals the nervous system to come down whenever you start to feel stressed or frustrated. Drawing door Mandela. Stop and breathe deeply. Excel slowly and repeat the process. Do this as many times as it is necessary and continue to draw even if you don't have a clear idea off what you want to paint next up served. To observe your surroundings gives you an idea on the things you can draw, like observing nature on the season. Urine also observed your thoughts and emotions. How would you represent them in colors and shapes into human Dalek Observation is key for expression. Express expressing paper, your thoughts, emotions and the observations off their surroundings. Using lines, shapes, colors, The thing is express Express Express Express a paper. Don't over think it. And now let's go over the basic tools needed to draw Mandela from scratch. To draw Mandela, you will need a piece of paper, a compass. But if you don't have one, you can also use around glass or any object with a round shape that you can trace. Think tip markers or color pencils and a ruler. So gather your basic tools and breathe observed and express your thoughts and emotions into drawing your Mandela. This is the end of Lesson three. See you in the next video. 4. Pizza Quadrants: Drawing the outline of your mandala: welcome to lessen. For in this lesson, we will go over the steps off heart traced the outline on inner guides of German dolla. Using what I like to call the pics of quadrants, you will need a compass, a ruler on a pencil to draw the outline off human Dallas. Let's get started with your compass. Drew a circle in the center off your page. This will be the outer border off your Mandela. Then narrow the opening off your compass to draw another circle inside the outer border. Repeat tour three more times, until you almost reach the center of the Mandela. Now grab your ruler and your pencil and draw Ah, horizontal line to cut through the middle of your Mandela, then, ah, vertical line toe. Also cut through the metal you will have your 1st 4 slices of pizza finally dropped two opposite diagonal lines that cut through the your 1st 4 slices in half, so you end up with eight slices in total. Your picks a quadrant outlined will allow you to work with symmetry, going from top to bottom, right and left as well as diagonally and working your way from the centre outwards remember , if you do not have a compass at hand, you can always use any object with around edge, like around water glass to drop the outer border off the Mandela. Even though you won't be able to draw the inner circles, you can still divide your Mandela into your eight pixels, slices or quadrants with a ruler. Your best guide world you focus on drawing symmetrical patterns is going from top to bottom , right and left the diagonals as well. A starting from the center and working your way outwards. There are no excuses. Even if you don't have a compass or a ruler, use any round object to draw your outer border circle. Although you won't have the picks a quadrants to guide you, you still can draw your Mandela starting from the center, going from top to bottom, right and left, as well as the diagonals and working your way from the centre outwards. This is an exercise to express practice on developed your creativity. It doesn't have to be perfect or even pretty. You just need to let out your thoughts and emotions through colors and shapes into your Mandela. This is the enough listens. Four. See you in the next video 5. Oval or rounded petals: welcome to lessen fight. In this lesson, I will demonstrate how to draw a basic flower starting from the center of the Mandela. I will do this demonstration over the course of this and the next to videos so that you may get the general idea off How to draw Very in Beautiful Flower Mandela. Just so you know, you can always choose your own thing and experiment following the basic guidelines with the flower. 13. You have a starting point from which to practice so you can later on expand and create whatever your imagination throws at you. But for now, let's concentrate on the flower theme. We will go over three kinds of flowers. They're ones with oval around ages, the ones with pointed or sharp edges and the ones with mixed metals. You will need the authentic markers. Thes are 0.4 millimeters for your color pencils, or even just both in German Della as well as your picks. Apartment outlines drawn in three or more pieces of paper so you can practice the different kinds of pedals, slush flowers that I'm going to show you next. Let's start with the pedals that are oval or with around edge with your picks. A quadrant outlined draws small dot or circle in the center of the Mandela to sending color you like for the dot as well as for the pedals. Then using the top bottom right left reference. Start with the first pedal at the top, making an oval shape and reaching the first inner circle. Repeat at the bottom on, then to the right and left off your Mandela to continue your flower. One idea could be to close the gaps between the 1st 4 pedals, using semi circles around mines in the diagonals den, taking us a guide. One of the fixes slices and the following inner circle draw new panels with a semi oval shape. You can even select a different color. Do this around all the pixels slices until you complete your pedals. 1/3 idea to continue making rum perils for your flower is to fill the gaps between the second row off pedals with a new a longer version off the oval. Shape like a day si pero, or a water drop until all the gaps are filled. As you can see, we're working our way from the centre. Outwards are not a way to Roger Mandela, instead of starting from the top than bottom right left is to use the Texas license off your quadrant and each space generated within the inner circles. Try making an oval shape on the tip off your picks, a slice and then go around the quadrant, filling all the tips off your pics of slices. As you can see, you can have a first flower in the center of your Mandela. Now, for a second layer of pedals, find the anchor points to draw your pedals. An anchor point is the natural spaces that will appear in your drawing, combined with the inner circles and horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines off your Mandela. Keep in mind that you can consider an anchor point the middle off the outer edge of your pedal, for example, and from there you can draw on oval shape to the middle off the next pedal. Haven't a so limit or anchor point the second inner circle and one off the lines that cuts the Mandela in half with a second layer of pedals. More obvious, anchor points will appear along with gaps that you can feel in different ways. For example, you can use this space off a picks, a slice to make a new pedal, like the petals you started with, and then combine and change the next pedal to fill the inter pedal gap with a long day. See flower petal. Try to fill the new gaps with more pedals with a curved line or oval shape. I encouraged you not to make a draft of your drawing. Use in first pencil and then color on top, because one of the purposes of this exercise is to let your creativity and subconscious express themselves, however they see fit. And sometimes that means in perfect lines or shapes. Practice making around petal flower as many times as you like, experimenting on different outcomes so you can create a different flower with the same type of paddle the oval around it kind. This is the end of Lesson five. See you in the next video for the next type of pedal on flower, you can drawing your Mandela 6. Pointed or sharp petals: welcome to lessen. Six. In this lesson, we will go over how to draw a flower with the pedals that are pointed or half a sharp edge . Start again with a small thought at the center of your Mandela on Let's copy the first steps off one of the exercises off the run. The pedals. Let's use the pictures licenses a guide on concentrate on making pointed peddles inside each big slice. This time, instead of making the pedals, which the first inner circle, we're going to make them reach the second inner circle to have a clear anchor point. Make a mark at the center off each Texas lies where the second inner circle is. Then draw pointed petals starting from the dot in the center of the Mandela with a curved line that which is the mark at the second inner circle, and then from the mark to the center to close the pedal. Do this all around the picture slices to draw your first round of pedals. Don't worry if your first pedals aren't perfect, I must admit that my eye twitches a little when the symmetry is a little wonky, but I have learned to trust the process and myself. It's the only way to make a Mandela that speaks to you Now. In this example, you have visible gaps between your first roll off pointed pedals. Let's use those caps to our advantage because the diagonal, vertical and horizontal lines run through them. We could make this a convulsive pedals reach the second inner circle to match the height of the first pedals. But let's go on inner circle further as well as changed the colors. Used diagonal lines to make the new pedals, skipping the gaps in the vertical and horizontal lines. Juice another caller and finished the missing gaps with it. Now let's feel the new gaps. There are in the picks, its license again and just yet another color. Don't overthink it. Just grab another color. Choose your next set of anchor points and draw your pedals. In this case, thes petals are shorter and chubbier because I decided to draw them, reaching the same enter circle as the last pedals, filling all the gaps. Remember, this is just a example of what you can do. Okay, so let's finish off this flower with get another color and choosing us anchor points the tips off our last pointed pedals, as well as the vertical diagonal and horizontal lines off the fourth inner circle. You can choose to make your pedals as wide or thin as July, and don't be afraid to use many colors. Remember, experiment and even go a little bit crazy. Let's do another example off a flower with pointed or sharp edges starting again at the center of your Mandela. Draw a small dog, then go on to draw the first pointed pedal on the top, using the vertical line that cuts them and Ellen half as a guide. Draw a curved line that starts at the center dot and make it reach the first inner circle, stopping at the vertical line. Then draw second kerf line from the vertical line to the center dot To close your first pointed pedal. Repeat the process at the bottom and to the right and left. Then to continue your flower, draw a second layer off the same pedals on top of the first ones, leaving a small gap or distance used to diagonal, horizontal and vertical lines. As your guides repeat the process in the other gaps. Now let's make a second roll off pedals with a different color. Remember that the trick is to find or create anchor points from which to draw new lines that will make up a new shape in this case, the pedals, which in turn create the flower, draw the new pedals starting from the inner circle and making the pointed edge reached the diagonal line. Repeat the process in the other gaps, right, as you can see in this scenario, the gaps between pedals have two diagonal lines as a center of guide, using the new pedals in the diagonal lines as anchor points drawn new pedals on top and make them reach the middle. Off the space between the second and third inner circle, a k A. Create an imaginary anchor point that will be the pointed edge off the new pedals. Repeat the process in the other pedals. Keep finding anchor points between the perils. You have already made. The inner circles and the horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines of your picks acquired. Want to continue your drawing? Trust yourself in the process. Experiment. Try something new. Just draw your way through the Mandel Don't over think it and Express Express Express This is the end of Lesson six city in the next video for the mixed petal flower example that you can drawing your Mandela. 7. Mixed petals: welcome to lessen seven. In this lesson, we will go over how to make a flower in your Mandela using around that an pointed pedals. Okay, so let's start the center as usual, drawing a small dot and then using the diagonal lines is guides. Draw rounded petals that reach the first inner circle, taking up the space off to pics of tips. Repeat in the other day annals until you have drawn four rounded petals. Then keep using the diagonals skies and draw pointed perils on top of the rounded ones, making them reach the second inner circle. Repeat in the other three pedals. Next used the vertical and horizontal lines for the following set of pedals that will cover the gaps between the previous pedals used around it. Daisy petal kind for this and make them reach the second inner circle. Let's draw pointed pedals on top of her daisy petals, drawing first a small mark in the middle off the second and third inner circle. To use the Sankara points. This is just in case you need it. Your other to anchor points will be at the first inner circle and the edge of the 1st 4 rounded petals proceed to draw your pointed pedals. Keep going and make the same point of pedals on top off the ones you just made. Living a small capper distance and making the tip off the pedal. Reach the third inner circle. Repeat in the other pedals. Now you have new visible gaps in your diagonal lines. Again juice another color and repeat the pattern off pointed pedal on top of pointed pedal you just made before but draw them in the diagonal lines and gaps. Don't worry if there are pedals that, for some reason don't have a lot of symmetry. This type of thing will give your Mandel a unique touch and can even bring your flower to come more alive later on. Your flower can be a speak or small issue, like in this case, I am going to make two more rounds of pedals to keep showing you examples of what you can do. Juicing the vertical and horizontal lines again. You can draw big around the circle perils on top of the pointed ones. They don't have to be perfect. Your purpose will be to make them different in this case like rings to finish the outline off your flower, filling us many gaps with grounded days like pedals to cover the fourth inner circle. Remember, you can draw your flower as you wish. It doesn't even have to be symmetrical. If you don't want to let your subconscious guide you breathe. Observe. Breathe again and listen to your intuition and your desire to draw a specific pattern or line. Let yourself go and just create. This is the end up. Listen seven. See you in the next video to go over some filler techniques to call her and finish your Mandela. 8. Decorations and filling the rest of the mandala: welcome to lessen eight. In this lesson, I will show you how to fill the rest of your Mandela with decorations, lines and or solid colors to color, or fill the pedals off your flower. First, erased any pencil outline that maybe inside the pedals. Then, starting from the center, fill the first round of pedals with lines. This is just a NY idea. You can mix them up however you like, and come up with your own kind of Flynt's. With the second runoff pedals, you can switch to color pencils. This will allow you to play with shadows. And if you've never applied, shadow in a drawing is the perfect time to experiment and practice. Remember, no excuses. Don't get frustrated either. Wait until you finished your Mandela and just observe your thoughts and emotions while you try an experiment with new things. Keep using lines and solid colors to fill the pedals off your flower. When you have finished with all of your pedals, a k a. Your flower, you will have a new challenge to fill up the space between and all around the flower and the outer border off your Mandela. Here are some ideas but keep in mind that it issue who decides at the end how on what? To drawing your Mandela with the flower thing. I love to draw stands and leaves all around them and l for this specific flower. I get the idea to draw thick green stamps using US guides the vertical and horizontal lines , this device, the Mandela and four. But I could have easily drawn the same thick stems on the diagonal lines. A swell. It is up to you and your creativity. You can keep drawing stands and leaves all around your Mandela, choosing a different shade of green as well as making the stems within lines that spread like branches on the four quadrants. Remember what I said in the boy principal lesson that you can express in your Mandela the things you observe in your surroundings. For me, this Mandela inspired me to express the sunset. So with my color pencils, I decided to finish covering all the white spaces of my Mandela, trying to express my version off a sunset. The point that I'm trying to make ISS that your Mandela will become more beautiful to you each time you see it. If you express in it things that inspire and move you in some way. To finish German Dalla, put more shadows or darker callers in specific sections off your drawing as well. A sri trace Any line that you consider should be reinforced. Now let's do another example. But this time on, Lee used in the thin tip markers on the flower with mixed petals. I personally love using lines that accompany the flow or direction off the shape in some way. Remember, there are also wavy lines, spirals and other types off lines, which I'm not using in these designs to try and keep it simple as to give you a general idea. With your markers, you can also color spaces. In this case, I recommend you to spaces that don't require a lot of ink, so you can better manage the feeling with the pointed pedals. I like to make a splash Shadow. Feeling for me is like putting banks on the shape or like making wild grass grown the prairie, depending on the direction of the splash shadow. Darts always come in handy in filling up spaces and indecisive like this one. They give it a touch of elegance off course. This is, in my opinion also. If you feel you want to create a new shape to fill a pedal or an existent shape, you are welcome to do so. Your Mandela, your choice. Keep filling up. The space is off the pedals with thoughts, lines, splash shadows or more shapes and wants to finish with your flower. Proceed to come up with ideas on how to fill the space left between the flower on the outer edge of the Mandela again. Remember the boy principal. Breathe, observe, express fine ankle points and combined them with the vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines to make new shapes. Experiment and create and, above all, enjoy the wonderful potential off your creative muscle. Let's get on to the last video to review the class project on some final thoughts for the class. This is the end of Lesson eight 9. Class Project & Final thoughts: welcome to the final lesson off. The class in this lesson will go over the class project on some final thoughts for joining a Mandela from scratch. But first I want to thank you for viewing all the lessons and taking the time to experiment with your creativity, even though I have given you guidelines and ideas on what to draw on your Mandela with the flower thing. My real purpose is to get you to dive in an experiment on your own themes and ideas for drawing them and out. So if you find the during this course, you get an inspiration to draw something different and a flower. You're welcome to do so, and I encouraged you to share it in the class project section so we can all enjoy it now for the class project. Remember all the steps and recommendations given through all the lessons, starting with the boy, Principal Ellis and three. Remember to always breathe, especially if you're feeling stock or frustrated, observed observed your surroundings and interstate because they're the ones that will give you ideas on what to draw and express expressing paper what you think and feel doing so with colors and shapes, along with using the boy principle. Don't forget your picks. A quadrant outlined, which will divide your Mandela intersections and thes sections, will serve US guides to draw a move forward from the centered outward, expanding from one inner circle to the next until you reach the order Border. The pigs a quadrant outlined will also help you with symmetry, going from top to bottom, right and left as well as the diagonals. And remember that if you don't have a compass or a ruler, you can still draw your Mandela, letting your creativity guide you from the center outward on your own unique symmetry. Stop bottom right left and the AG annals. So for your class project, draw Mandela with a flower theme from scratch. You can use as many colors as you like. You can draw just one big flower that grows from the center, or you can draw a smaller flour and create leaves and other details are on your flower. Experiment with the types off pedals, doing a flower with only one type or a flower with mixed pedals. Share a picture of your finished flower. Mandela in the Project Calorie section of this class. And if you want, you can also share pictures off the process as well as a written experience of how you felt for our final thought. I just want to remind you that you're Mandela will be perfect and pretty whichever there were sold. With the exercises from this class, I hope to start appreciating your unique creative potential in style. You are creative, period. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me in the community board off the glass as well as you can follow me on Instagram through my profile at Valentina. Mementos on watch the intricate the signs them and creative muscle makes when he gets an idea that it wants to express. If you have enjoyed and learnt with this class, please leave a positive review and share with your friends and to an I just want to say I can't wait to see your beautiful flower mandalas in the class project and be creative by just enjoying on experimenting. Thank you so much until my next glass