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MOTIF MANDALA: How to draw mandala using simple shapes? - Step by Step

teacher avatar Abhiraami Thangavel, Architect - Artist - Entrepreneur

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials Needed

    • 3. Step by Step process

    • 4. Making Grids

    • 5. Drawing Motifs

    • 6. Inking Mandala

    • 7. Coloring Mandala

    • 8. Thank you and beyond

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About This Class

The class is about the step by step process of drawing motif mandalas and coloring them using water-based markers.

What is Mandala?

A mandala (Sanskrit for “circle”) is a geometric configuration of symbols. Mandala’s also contain geometric patterns which reflect and represent the geometry of the entire Universe.The circular design symbolizes the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected. 

What are the benefits of drawing / colouring a  mandala?

-Relieves tension, anxiety, fear and worry

-Relax and heal the mind body and soul

-Release repressed feelings and emotions

-Stimulate creative thinking and problem solving

In this class on Motif Mandala, we will follow a step by step process from drawing to colouring a mandala and I will be there to help you out from start to end. I have shared the tips and tricks I use while creating a motif mandala. You don't require a prior art experience to take this class. This class is perfect for beginners. 

The class is broken down into a few easy lessons.

  1. Materials Needed to take this class. 
  2. Understanding of Motifs and Step by step process to stack them in Radial Grid.
  3. Making Grids
  4. Drawing Motifs
  5. Inking Mandala

Colouring Mandala. We will be painting mandala using water based markers. We will create depth through colouring the mandala by using just one watercolour technique i.e. gradient method.

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Abhiraami Thangavel

Architect - Artist - Entrepreneur


Hello everyone. I am Shri Abhiraami. I am an architect, artist,illustrator and entrepreneur. I am currently based in Erode, a small city in India.

In my final year of my under grad, I started conceptualizing my brand - The Pixie Dust. Currently I am focusing on developing a range of products under my brand- The Pixie Dust, and also working on sharing my skills on Skillshare.

Check out my Online Store on Etsy and Instamojo.

I am also working as independent designer for Pixylz and Noun Project.

For me, art is fun and therapeutic. I really can't keep restrict myself to one style or medium. I love experimenting with different mediums. My recent obsession is Water Colour Florals.

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone. I won't bother with them moving the founder of an RDF being pinned up exceeded. I loved creating pectins and I love experimenting with different mediums. This is one such class where we'll be joined motif Mandela. I'm calling them using water-based markers. We be using the gradient technique of watercolors to colored motif murder length. First, what is Mandela? In Sanskrit, it's known as circuits. A Mandela is an artistic representation of higher thought and deeper meanings. It is dominantly configuration of symbols. It is also said that it convinced patent, which actually represents the entire universe. One, unless I've believed to represent different aspects of the universe. And it is also used for meditation and also a symbol of prayer in radius between tradition, the last may be employed as a spiritual variance to the circular design simulated the ideal of life is never ending and everything is connected. You must be wondering what are the benefit of drawing and guiding Almaden lab. It can actually delete you from ancient anxiety, fear, and worry. It relaxes the mind, body and soul. It releases the other breastfeeding and emotions to make creative thinking and problem-solving. In this class of motives, Mandela's, we'll follow a step-by-step process from joined to coloring on Mandela. And I will be helping new friend, the staff that you didn't require us previous art experience to take this class. This clock is perfect for beginners. I have shared a few tips and tricks that I use while creating a modest Mandela. Using all the step-by-step process and the tips and tricks I shed will be creating of beautiful Mandela in the end, as a class project, I would ask all of you taking this class to attempt and grow your own Manila, to actually experience how relaxing, growing, and thriving of Manila can be. This class is divided into few easy lessons. First, is the modulus needed. Second will be understanding the motives and learn how close tag them in a radian per, though is actually making the good foods, is drawing your motives in say, the liquid. And the first way be inking your motives. Sixth lesson, we'll be covering in Mandela's being be pending on Mandela, using a water-based market will be creating depth to our Mandela's desperate cutting them using one technique which is a gradient technique. These lesson we'll have a beautiful Mandela in our hand. So without any further ado, let's get started. 2. Materials Needed: In this lesson, we'll be seeing the materials that we need to take up our Mandela motifs glass out asap in case I have taken here mechanical pencil and officials print has been moved. This head series Benzer tend to be very hard and it leaves the left graphite on the people. Bravo takeoff to hedge Benton or a hedge. We've been delighted to be Bentsen. But then I want to make mail armor the last later. So I prefer you CMA, six head spins along before. We also be needing an eraser, could draw a Mandela grid. The next thing that will be leading is the compass or a full circle. And we're going to set up processes because it has all those so-called And also though, angled markings will also be needing us case. Once you've drawn on Mondelez using protocols gain pompous and benton 3B inking on Monday class. So we'll be needing find liners. I've taken two phi minus here, 1.5 m m, and now the one of 0.3 nm. These fine liners are waterproof. It's because in our bonus lesson, we'll read painting mandalas. I want to make that ink find meaning using this black ink pen to be waterproof so that he doesn't wash over. Ad is while we are painting, we reusing our cat in my office because they are water-based and they work just like watercolors. And I'll be using the cat and markers. If you don't have these water-based market, you can still use your watercolors and avoids class. What Afghanistan, or even the watercolor, the tubes, I don't think will work really well for our technique and how we are going to paint them on us. We'd also be needing a brush. Here. I have taken the silver black velvet 3 thousand S round brush of size four, because the tip seems very small and it will really work with intricate Mandela's. So I've taken off number four size brochure. You can take any brand less. It doesn't necessarily need to be silver black railroad measures will also be needing bound to carry water for I, watercolor painting. And also you're able to tap of all the excess water or the paint. I've taken a small bowl here because I'd be working with them. Brush markers. You can also take a bigger bones. You're actually working with the fan half band, although pain tubes. Regarding the papers, I'll be using the watercolor paper because in a bonuses and we'll be painting I'm unless you can also use normal printing paper. Seventy o hundred GSM. But here I'd be using this trap mood watercolor paper of 300 GSM. This paper has not, not mess of a texture and it's very good for whatever paintings before is working really well and gives a nice watercolor effect on our Mandela's fibro. I'll be using Astra mode color, but you can't actually use anonymous before aspects. This motives worksheet will be available to download in the results section, I'd be using this worksheet for the class. And you can actually print it out on a paper or use it on image to the right and see you in the next class. 3. Step by Step process: In this class, we'll be discussing roughly on how we are going to be drawing on more ticks. Manila. Manila. First thing that would be kneeling is Motifs. Motifs out are very distinctive features. May be are decorative design or a baton. It can be really simple. Acts like a socle. We, we like our triangle, diamond. Maybe like a tear drop will be using very simple motives and maybe some complicated one to create our motif Mandela's trial. Notice the second thing that we'll be doing, a stacking. I'll be explaining the importance of stacking now. And after stacking will be looking into how to place this tacking of modus radial Garrett. So these will be the three things that we need to look into in our motifs Mandela. So motifs can be really as simple as Triangle of diamond and a whole. Maybe SO cool. So taking these models will be seeing the next step, how to stack them, produce tagging. What I actually do is to imagine or line. This is a mirror line. Just laid out murderer. Or this either an action does is to reflect the things from this fatal to Paypal to onto this side. So if you draw a circle here in this directed with on this side almost at the same distance. And to draw call or this outcome, same thing will be the center on this side and another on the first curve. And this will get reflected from other sites. And to draw a triangle on this side, this will get reflected to be diamond. On the whole. Moving draw another triangle. And this will get deflected. So this may domain acts as o reflecting surface between the disabled the paper to this hair of the paper. If you actually notice that, I will be, I am actually drawing my motives with us, herding send-off gap between them. So this one mink are more dismal, glad, different from our normal Mandela. Usually in a normal Mandela, when you'll be drawing, you will be drawing it next to each other. And the only onset of gap between the next design. Our individual design for each features, we'd be very distinct. So deal how our importance of their own in the whole formula. So when we stack them, we tend to stack them next to each other. But the return gap in between them further actually drawing say, a comma, inverted comma. So this intermediate reflector on the other side. So you draw on the same good effect on the site. And that hollow middle-aged acts. So when we do a stacking it all either in the horizontal and vertical site. So inner medial grid, so orderly degraded fight. So in it it's good reflector and no. So chloroform it. We'll be seeing how to draw a radial grid and also how to draw def motifs along the radial grid. First to draw a radial fit will be needing these middle length. So I'm drawing tomorrow night and TDD angling between them, they perpendicular to each other. And you should also be remembering one more thing. So the closer the mirror lines are more intrigued. You have Mandela will be. So the father, though. My domain is the Mondavi that list intriguing. So for an example, I'm drawing to Father Monday, Meadowlands here for this intricate Marla note here in this glass. So I am taking a 45-degree angle dividing the spleen 2.5. For each one of these lines will add that homeodomain. Because you'll be doing a Mandela it actually radial pattern will be drawing concentric circles. These constant fixed alcohols. These concentric circles has really helped us as a guideline to draw off more desk Mandela's. So this roughly drawn around using a scale or a protractor out of compass here to draw, you can decide just a rough idea to give you an introduction on how we will be drawing a proper multipoint laugh. Okay. So I've drawn three concentric circles here and those Mura length. So if we were to draw a triangle here on this side, because of these middle name, this will get reflected around the under side. On this side. And these two mermaid begins reflected maryland total, everything will get reflector on this side. I'm just drawing a very rough diagram here. So if you draw of reflecting on this side. So you actually see, I'm drawing my mood between these content Excel calls because my concentric circles a very rough, you can actually see the distance between here. So discontentment, public notice aim here. This we have had on inaugurated. Oh, well, maybe that's the importance of properly constructing your grids using gain, compass and a protractor. So if we one can actually, again, draw mode is in-between and this IEP meetings and reflected on phosphates. I hope now you understand the step-by-step process of drawing our motifs marvelous. First is add important. These are Moody's and the stacking of our Moody's and how these more dishonor Dalian credit union or radiographic luxury noticed that we'd be having a gap in between art and law that we believe is a very tough sketch. The, the gap between these two tends to be a really big company into these two. But the whole idea of tagging our motives on the Nabeel. Good. So now let's dive into our next class. Where will we properly drawing up more? Mandela's using our compost keel and Protractor. 4. Making Grids: Well, like I said, in mosquitoes needed cloth. Policies both draw on one. Also, I usually drawing my Monday or no Squared baseline. So not this to be I'll be cutting into half. So I'll be taking the size of this length and then cutting it along. So I've got my paper, goddess grab before he could draw the Mandela in, this people will be using it for watching. First step is to get the midpoint of the whole paper. So what I prefer doing is the limit point of all this height and then connect them to get the midpoint of the people inside. They both won between 5.5. We don't know. Yet. I'm using my six Hedge pencil because I want to give my monologue drawing and all the guidelines and the mother lines. Or I'll be doing is I've taken my goal here and I'll be keeping it on the same boat. And now, well, how on the angle markings. I would like to draw a really intricate Mandela's. So I'll be taking 15 degree angle. I'm mocking been 304565 and IDs or be marked and will not find 1213565100 years old remark and not letting the people more. One thing, marking one, maybe five to ten, defined for the blue side is already marked. Should we all live of keeping the center point ib connecting all the midpoint. Now that we have drawn in the midpoint. And it's gonna be completely drove by what I'm drawing the motors actually even a feeling I need in-between. I'm redrawing as when needed because I don't want to I just want to go with the flow. Now let's get drawing on more depth within these. 5. Drawing Motifs: Now that be how are concentric circles at the guidelines and these Anglo lines, as our Meadowlands ready, will start growing motifs. So these supplemental Aquatab guidelines or are more TOEFL rewritten these circles and employee need as our green width, width will be drawing on other circuits as a guide length and this annual later health. But in deflecting our motives, I'm taking these poor muddling. My fast. We're just going to be our diamond and I'll get a diamond. Diamond fundamental length. I'm repeating a theme by Don along the first circles on this. For now, I'll be doing another motor counting these two concentric circles. Again, leaving a gap, are doing gap between furious moment of whizzes legal gap very acutely by measuring the diamond thing and just leave a gap is rendered and just draw the line and talk to the paper stagnant and keep forgetting your hand. I suppose my paper. Now that I do, I'm gonna keep this bind every little endpoints. So I draw a small circle. Keep it in the center and measured this length. I want to keep these points are so similar. Okay. Like I said, what I usually do is I just to find liaise one patent goes next, dried. And then I will draw the guidelines. Like I said, a gap between the mortars. Are motif Mandela different from LA. Okay, right. So this testing time and leave counting these two. See, okay. Okay. 6. Inking Mandala: Now I've punished drawing in the mortars at endothelial growth in Benson. So the next step will be will be drawing it at all with Ben IE laid to how many lines decode. So INBO NOW using 0.5mm, find later black pen, just waterproof. So now not know that they are drawn multiple length in some places. When you're drawing it over with Ben measure, they're going through the right lane. For even in this relinking, the Mandela's, I'll go from angle from center to the outer area. Yeah. Okay. The meeting Okay, yes. Wow. Now that we've completed our whole modus Mandela middle, needing this guideline for me. In the next lesson, we'll actually be seeing how to color these black and white Mandela N3 in depth. So we'll see you in the next lesson. 7. Coloring Mandala: Now that we have a black and red Manila, in this lesson, we'll be seeing how to use watercolors and create depth in a black and white Mandela. So I'll be using these markers. They are water-based markers. They work really well as watercolors. You can also use normal watercolor band or a motorcar tubes. In two of these markers. We'll be using one in one single technique. In watercolor, gradient technique. I'll be watching these colors to pick up the final 3.2.4 color that I'll be using in the water column Mandela. I also, apart from that I BET technique that we'll be using with these markers. I'm just letting few lines on the paper and it's going to land on the paper and now to give away rash. And going over the marker lines. If you can see here, then this part of the watch is quite dark comparing to this. So this is a technique that we'll be using that depth. Okay? Really you think this gradient technique, we will be drawing with the brush marker and then going at all with the brush on the bane thing to get this gradient f. So while collecting this Mandela, a few things that I usually keep in mind. I would like to share with you guys, I slammed that. I don't repeat the same color for the next two. Mondelez. And I then do give all gaps, is I'm actually going with lighter pink in the middle and this will be an archipelago, maybe a blue. And then the other one would be this thing and then the width. And then again, I can marry repeated the Tableu or maybe with a lighter pink but then not again with the same thing. So that's the whole idea. So once you do that, it actually creates a little contrast within the Mondelez itself with two colors and also create some depth. So whenever you want to create our depth over you onkeydown bold color. For a day you should go with all the Dockers stone and then make it lighter in the end. So I want to create bed in the middle right now. So I'm going over painting it with the marker. Then. Brash. And tone that down and make sure you stay with the black line. Okay? Okay. That's right. So yes. Okay. So okay. Okay. Now that we have completed our more desk, Mandela's using these four colors. I will show you. Other Mandela's that I've already done so that you could get some ideas from it. So this one is a small monochromatic, more dismal law that I've used all greens. And I didn't want to use any calls while drawing the motifs with just using normal length. I have done this Mandela. Another example for emojis wonder law could be this one that I've used for colors. The red, orange, green, and blue. So I hope this inspires you to create your own class project. 8. Thank you and beyond: I hope you had fun learning to draw a motif, went relaxed using simple shapes and more than a Florio world in the project and results section, and make sure you leave any feedback or questions that you had in the discussion board, item them regularly. You can find me on Instagram and doping theta by 80. If you're learning from them, that mean your creation. I would like to see them. You also use the hashtag clear, good. I'll be I don't use your Antoine and I would like to be to bear in mind that I'm floating. I include we remain a bit early them debate on case j. You can check out my other classes on thinking watercolor least, thinking easy and fun. Watercolor breathers. Co2 brought to predict Manila step-by-step analysis, how to draw Mandela on iPad. Go unplug. It would be a foster youth and shadow expedient or wanting to cloud. You could definitely penalty in compiling and improving on the upcoming flapper. Hope you had fire. See you in the next class. Bye bye.