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13 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. 1 Intro to Mandal Inspiration

    • 2. 2 Mandala supplies

    • 3. 3 Marks

    • 4. 4 Basic watercolor mandala

    • 5. 5 Watercolor wash and sharpie

    • 6. 6 Markers

    • 7. 7 Funky mandala

    • 8. 8 Coffee mandala

    • 9. 9 Bean mandala

    • 10. 10 Nature Mandala

    • 11. 11 Monoprint mandala

    • 12. 12 Weaved mandala

    • 13. 13 End

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In this class you will learn how to create a basic mandala.  You will also learn different techniques and mediums to get inspired to discover your own unique way in making mandalas.

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Vesna Taneva-Miller

Artist, crafter, DIY-er


I am a mixed media artist working mostly with watercolors, textiles and often with recycled materials.  My work has been published in over a dozen Stampington & Company publications.  I have taught kids classes at the Vision Gallery in Chandler, AZ as well as volunteer for Art Masterpiece at my kids' school.  For more about me here are some links: blog -  IG: @vesnatanevamiller  Etsy: 

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1. 1 Intro to Mandal Inspiration: Hello and welcome to my class. Mandala Inspiration. My name is Vesna. I am a mixed media artist and I currently live in Chandler, Arizona. In this class, I'll teach you how to make a basic mandala, and I will share with you Ah, handful of different ways and techniques to get you inspired to make your own. Mandel ist the word Mandala is a Sanskrit word, and it means circle in Hinduism and Buddhism. Mandalas are simple. Off the universe, they represented the never ending cycle of life and that everything in this world is connected. At first, look, mandalas can look very complicated and complex and perhaps even intimidating. But in this class, I will break down the process for you to show you that even though the very in product looks very complex, the steps to create me and a lot of very simple if you are able to hold a pencil and write , you can create, um you know, that's how simple this process is. So let's get started and get you making your own Mandel ists 2. 2 Mandala supplies: It's a real quick. I want to talk about supplies that will be using in this class you, For the most part, you won't have to go and get anything specially. You really can use anything that you have on hand in your house. I am using some card stock paper, Um, as well as some watercolor paper when I like. My Mandel is to be a little more sturdier, but any white piece of paper would really do. I'm using watercolor brushes. I do like to use thinner ones like size six and size zero. I am also using this portable watercolor brushes that have their own little tank on that you can fill it with water. There's a very handy to use if you're gonna take your watercolor set and some paper and go to the parking, create mandalas while being in nature. We're going to use a thin Sharpie and then some water colors. You don't have to have anything fancy. Any watercolor set will do. I have some kids water colors here. I really I have, um I really enjoyed this set that I got a Jerry Sarda Rama Onley because it's small and portable and it can put it in my purse and take it with me. If, um, if I wanted to create mandalas on the goal, I did pick up this, um, more expensive watercolor set again. I am not encouraging you to go get it. I really like the colors, which is why I got it. Um, I used my 40% coupon it Michaels to get it, but it was It was really splurging again. You don't have to use anything fancy. We're going to also use some cheap acrylic paint. We're gonna create Samana print mandalas. Eso any acrylic acrylic paint will do for that particular project. We are also going to use things that you find in nature. Like I have some seed pods here. Whenever I go on hikes, I pick up, uh, different seeds. And I tried to, um, pick up things that are interesting. I don't even know what they are. This I think this is juniper from a juniper tree, but it has like a nice purplish tint to it. So I really liked it. Um, again, just when you in nature be on the lookout and if you're not a hiker, bias it. Ah, bag off Pop ary, and you will find different little dry leaves and little seeds in there to be creating mandala with natural materials. We're going to be using things that you will find in the kitchen. I have some chickpeas. I have some beans. I have more beans here. Um, so just go through your kitchen pantry and find any dry beans that you may have on hand. We're going to also be using coffee. I am using system coffee here, but you can brew your own coffee. Just don't put any sugar in it. You can also use t. Just make sure that you use black or green something that it's a little darker T. And finally, we're going to be using some fibers. This is going to be any little leftover scraps of yarn. You can also use ribbon if you have some just little little skis with different texture. Um, that you have from leftover project, and then you will need an old CD, uh, to make mandala when we when we do the mandala with, uh, with the yarn. And also we're gonna be using Monta print. Um, when I'm using the city to make monitoring with the acrylic paint that I mentioned earlier . So let's get started and I get you making some Angelus. 3. 3 Marks: okay, so early. I said that if you can hold a pencil and draw a line, you can create Mandel ists. And I really meant that. So I just really quickly I wanted to go over the different strokes that I use in creating my own mandala. So you will notice that I am using I'm actually going to use black here. Just gonna show you I'm using ah, lot off this little circles that are kind of connected. So if you can draw a circle, you can make a mandala. I'm also using this little lines. Just a little strokes like that I am using circles would adopt inside, and I am using this Our GIs. You can also go back in the arch and fill it up with a smaller arch or the other way around . You could start with a smaller arch and build up on it. You can use a arch to put a circle in it in a dot I really just be creative and find your own little marks that you are going to be filling in the concentric circles circles off the mandala, another shape that I uses this petal shape that I really like. I usually finish my Mandel's without so just kind of going up and then a peak and then downwards. I missed that one up this way. Okay, I also you can go back in those little pedals and fill it up with a circle in a dot. So what I want to show you next is that, um, me Move my paper a little bit here. So, as I mentioned earlier, a mandala is concentric circles. So you're basically, if you think of us small circle and a bigger outer circle in a bigger outer circle, you're really feeling each of this circles with a different little designs that I just shared with you. And that is how my friends you create a mandala. 4. 4 Basic watercolor mandala: So whenever start my mandalas, I start with a piece of paper that square. It just for me helps me kind of center it better. But if you'd like to cut your paper circle to start what you can do that I end up cutting my man the line in a circle once I'm done in the square. Um, so keep in mind that Amanda lies concentric circles that each each circle it just filled with pattern. Um, so usually start with just a tiny dot I just tried to eyeball um, the center. Andi, I'm not always successful with eyeballing the center, but I do my best. You know, Um, well started. We'll just put a little dot in the circle, and then I kind of built on it. So I do a circle around it and then another tiny circled like a frame the 1st 1 and then I start building s So I think on the next you can I have to choose your own patterns what you want to do in each circle. And I tried to keep it simple. I really if you notice I use and reuse about three or four different patterns over and over and over. So in this next layer, I think I'm gonna do little tiny, uh, got any balls? Think that. And my brushes Kinda dry salt that you kind of watch me. And, uh uh, if if you have material sod, you can kind of go along if you wish. So once I'm done with this, uh, this, uh, finding little circles around around the circle, I kind of frame it again. Put another circle around it like a big circle on, and then I do 11 more, but just, uh, not too far away from this next one. All right, so then, for the next one, I think I'm actually gonna, uh, put another concentric circle, but I'll put it further apart, and I'll feel that area once I'm done making the circle. All right, so in this next one, I think I'm just gonna do little lines like that. And that's really, um you just keep on building, um, next circle and then the next and the next until you come close to the edges. Um, off in my case square. Um, I am using 3 3.5 inches by 3.5 Just gonna cut my own paper. Eso next layer. I'm going to, uh, just kind of put a circle. Not too far from my last layer. I don't know why I like framing it, but you really don't need to. You can just keep you don't need to have that. Spacey can just keep building the next pattern on top of it. All right, Eso next layer for me. I think I want to do tiny little archers like that. And, um, when I first started making mandalas, I thought that I had to keep my I didn't realize it could turn my paper. It took me a while. Monk, this is hard. How do I go on the side? And how do we make everything symmetrical if I don't? If I have to do it upside down, But by all means, please move your paper. That's that's easier for you. It's not supposed to be difficult supposed to. You know, you're supposed to have fun and not be frustrated with it. And, uh, can I get in the zone, get in the flow and keep going. And then, for this last layer I'm gonna use, um I usually close. My Mandel is, um, with this petal like sheep and what I do, I put one on top, and then it put one on bottom, and then I put one. I flipped my paper and I do top again and bottom for me. It kind of separates. It divides the circles. I can work more symmetrical. And so I'm just gonna fill in the blank in between pedals. I think I can probably squeeze three in here. It it helps me. As I said, it helps me divided and be able to work more symmetrical. Okay. And then for the last lamb, just gonna kind of close the space in between these pedals by being some arches like that and that I'm gonna use scissors to make it into a circular shape. And your Mandel is done. 5. 5 Watercolor wash and sharpie: Okay, So for the second motor color Mandala project, we're gonna do something a little bit different. We're going to create a watercolor wash. Um, so we're gonna cover the entire surface of the paper with watercolor first, and we are going to be drawing Are mandala with a Sharpie? So notice I am kind of using different colors. I start in the middle again using In this case, I used blue, but I don't know if you're familiar with Kandinsky circles, but basically creating a water call washed by using different colors. Eso smaller circle, different color outer circle and so forth. Eso just have you watched me? Um, do it and I'll see you on the other side. If you have materials once again, if you have your own materialists ready to do it right now, please go along and create your own watercolor wash on which will draw So once our watercolor wash is dry, I'm now going back with a fine Sharpie. And I'm doing the same thing that I showed you in the first example of watercolor Mandel's . I start in the middle by, you know, drawing a tiny little dot and then I build on a circle upon a circle upon a circle until I kind of come close to the edges and I'm feeling all of that with different patterns in once again, my patterns are very simple. You can you can come up with your own patterns and you can be a lot more complicated. But I'm usually using the little little circles. Little look, bulls. I don't know what to call them. Little balls and little lines pedal like shapes, little arches just building a circle upon a circle here to create my mandala so I'll just let you watch me. 6. 6 Markers: so if you don't have watercolors at home, you can use some inexpensive, washable markers. A bunch of them here from my kids. Um, but you can use those to create kind of like a watercolor wash, and then you can create your mandala Witter Sharpie. So I'm going to show you that next, and I'll have you watch me. - Okay , So once I've covered all that space with my washable markers that I'm going back with, Ah, watercolor brush and just going over all of the colors which will start making the colors bleed one into the other. And it will create this beautiful watercolor wash for you. So that way you can go. Um, once a dry, you can go later. Would a sharpie and create your watercolor mandala with a Sharpie? No. 7. 7 Funky mandala: So this technique that I am going to share with you now it's very similar to the watercolor wash that we made. Except I am not very specific about my colors or my circles being in such a concentric, I am using half circles off one color and then adding a different color for the remainder of the circle. Just basically putting paint. Just I don't have a white piece of paper. I'm just putting pain all over my piece of paper to create a kind of funky, almost like a snail watercolor wash. And then once I'm done and that's dry. Instead, off creating my mandala with concentric circles. I'm actually going to start by using or by or by drawing a snail like shape to create my, um, my outer design of the mandala and them going back inside and using funky little marks. I'm more loose and not as precise as in some of the previous videos that I shared with you . I'm using little triangles. I'm using little leaves, little circles. I'm the using little sticks with little circles On top of it. I'm basically just feeling filling up the space, the snail like shape, space with different little marks. Did Flynn little designs, the funkier the better. And again, I'm not being very precise in this process. For me, it's very liberating because I don't really have to think much. I just kinda go with the next shape that comes to mind, and I just fill up the space so once again, I'll have you watch me do that. 8. 8 Coffee mandala: So for this next Mandala project Ah, this one is actually fairly simple. You don't even have to have any riel art materials. All you need, it's ah watercolor brush. And I am using instant coffee you don't have to use instant. You can use any coffee that you brew at home. You can even use t. Just make sure that it's black tea or something darker. So your, um, color shows more. But in this case, I'm using instant coffee. Nescafe A. And, um, I deluded it in the powder, the powder coffee I looted in just a little bit of water, and I'm treating it as watercolor. So I'm creating my mandala with coffee. Don't put sugar, and this is just plain old black black coffee or black tea and just go at it. The principle is the same what I showed you in the beginning. You start in the middle, and then you build on it, just feeling every concentric circle with pattern. You can use what I'm showing you here. You can come up with your own pattern, but just fill that space that's going centric. ALS circle space with different patterns for each layer. So I'll just let you watch me from here. - No way 9. 9 Bean mandala: So for this next project here, we are going to be using some beans and seeds. Um, these are things that you can cook. Actually, I grab them from the book section of the store. But, um, you know, different kinds of beans that you can use to make a mandala shapes and colors would be very important because you want some contrast. And I'm also using a black piece of paper to lay em on. You can glue them. I don't I don't like, um, it doesn't have to be permanent. It's what I'm trying to say. You can make the mandala and then clear the beans and start over. Do another mandala with more beans. You can. However, once you're done, I take a picture of your project, and then you can print that and make that be the piece of art. But, um, for my purposes here, right now, I am not going to put them. I'm just gonna let him around on this black piece of paper and make a Mandel over them. I'm gonna have you watch me 10. 10 Nature Mandala: Okay, So one other idea that I can share with you in making me and delicious to use materials that you find in nature often time when I go on hikes, I am fine. See pods or seeds or leave sore. What? Not sometimes it's rocks that I that I like to collect. But even if you, uh if you're not collected them when you're going thinking what you can do is buy a bag of popular and use the dry stuff, dry leaves and dry seeds. And what is in there to make your Mandel off? So once again, I will have you watched me do Amanda, what with just natural objects or natural materials that I have found in nature. 11. 11 Monoprint mandala: it's another fun way to create a mandala is to create a monitor print with using an old city and some acrylic paint. This is a very easy technique and very inexpensive. You probably confined old CDs laying around that have been scratched and then some cheap acrylic paint. This doesn't have to be anything special any craft paint would do. The process is very easy. You will. Using a brush, you will cover the CD with paint and then using a Q tip. Or you can use the top part of an eraser or maybe even your pinky. You will lift off paint off the CD. You'll remove pain by creating a mandala design in equal centric circles. Quickly lines, straight lines, dogs. Uh, just the CD shape is already violence, so you're Mandalay's kind of halfway done there. You're just reading some designed by lifting off paint, and then you lay your paper on top of the city rub really well to make sure that the paint distributes evenly in your piece of paper. And then we lifted off and you get a nice little surprise off you. Monta Print. You're one of the one of a kind monitoring Mandala. Once you're done, um, you can use a baby, a Web, baby wipe, or you can use a paper towel. What paper tell to to clean the CD off the acrylic paint and then you're ready to reuse that seedy. So I'll have you watch me use some more and you'll notice that I'm using different color card stock here. And I'm using ah, contrast ing acrylic paint color to make that Mandela really pop. So to to contrast in colors that my paper and my paint are to consciousness colors to make that mandala really stand out and have a fun one of a kind design, so have you watched me do some more way? 12. 12 Weaved mandala: Okay, So for this next project, we are going to use, um, fibers and, um, some yarn. I have lots of leftovers. Little schemes that have made things. Or maybe I bought it because I like the yarn or just the tiny little bits off lift over projects that I've done in the past. So we're gonna use yarn and fibers and Cem, um, little beads. I actually, that's a pony beads here. Just whatever you have left over, this is not anything special. If you have to go and make a special trip to the store, just look around your home and see if you can find any leftover bits and pieces of yarn or even ribbon. Um, you can probably use fabric, and we're going to make a relieved mandala. So the other supply that we will need is an old city. You will need a yard needle, and of course it is. You can you can. So I'm gonna wrap some yarn around a CD, and then I'm gonna We've different uris around it. Okay? I'll have you watched me. It's a for weaving process up the raft. My yard around the CD. What kind of security in the back. And me too. Little knots. Eso not going to start using different yard, and I'm gonna start weaving around. So if you are not familiar with weaving, you're basically going, um, underneath on the next little post here, you will go over. So see how I went on the meat. That and I'm gonna hide this little tail here. It's gonna go under the rest of this. So what? Under that one. But I'm gonna leave this one over, and then I'll go under the next. Also, it's under over, under over, you know, to infinity. So again, I'm gonna have you watch me. And when I when I decided to change the yarn, I will stop and sure you have to change the young. Okay, so I didn't want to do about this much. And then now I think I will change to a different yard, and it's it's fairly easy. You just pick, defend yard, and I'm gonna try to make something contrasting story the next pelican Pop. I think I'm gonna use this. Um, but you're basically going to join? Um, Just gonna kind of cut. Got about this much about five inch steel from this one, and I'll join just a simple not no. You cannot make a loop on do that. And so at this point, you will hut the Knicks yarn and I usually cut about, I don't know about three or four feet because you don't need a whole lot for this project. So when I put yarn and I'm gonna re thread it, um, to my yarn needle on, we'll just continue weaving So the tail will kind of show up at some point where we're gonna take it on the need and no one will. I want to see it, but you're basically joining again. You're joining, they aren't and you just continue leaving the way you were doing before. So nothing, nothing complicated, nothing to do. Specials. I'll show you how we're gonna take it like I'm talking the tail right on the meat. It doesn't show anything at this point. I'm gonna bring out some games that go on. I use some of them depends on the base, like this is a wooden bead and they learn to kitsch inside and not want to go through. And my needle is too big. I Then it was too big for me to to thread it through something. I'm just gonna use a toothpick, which means that I'm gonna have to keep on re threading my but that's it. Me may be able to get away with just way. 13. 13 End: well, here we are at the end of the class, and I'm hoping that you were able to follow along and create some of your own. Mandel ist. If you did create your own Mandel's, I'll be delighted if you're able to share those with me for board crafting inspiration, you can check out my blogging at www dot stitch play in ese dot com. But you can also find me on Instagram on the best. Not kind of a Miller. Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed it. See you next thing.