Soothing Symmetry in Patterns: How to Draw Mandalas | Sara Al-Kindy | Skillshare

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Soothing Symmetry in Patterns: How to Draw Mandalas

teacher avatar Sara Al-Kindy, Software Engineer | Pattern Creator

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Hello!

    • 2. Project Introduction

    • 3. Tools

    • 4. Pattern Worksheet Practice

    • 5. Drawing the Grid

    • 6. Sketching the Mandala

    • 7. Inking the Mandala

    • 8. Ending Thoughts

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About This Class

Explore the world of intricate patterns within Mandalas and the soothing qualities it can introduce into your life. 

My name is Sara and I am happy to be sharing with you the art of drawing intricate Mandalas in this beginner friendly class. This class is for everyone and no prior skills are required in order to complete it. 

Meditation and mindfulness is a necessary need in our current world. Drawing the structured patterns is an incredible way to become lost in the process and enjoy the beauty that is being created by your hand. It is an amazing form of art therapy. It will inspire your creativity and help you reconnect with yourself.


In this class you will learn: 

  • The tools needed to draw a Mandala
  • Step by step guide on how to draw certain patterns
  • How to achieve symmetry when drawing your patterns
  • Pattern inspiration to create your own style
  • Tips on what it means to be able to create art for yourself


At the end of the class you will have the skills needed to start creating your own beautiful intricate Mandalas. 

If you have a love for pattern design and would like to learn a new hobby that is soothing and calming then grab a cup of warm tea and let's get started

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Sara Al-Kindy

Software Engineer | Pattern Creator


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1. Hello!: Hi, my name is Sara Al-Kindy, and in this class, I will be teaching you how to draw a mini Mandala. I'm a software engineer by profession, and I enjoyed drawing Mandalas as a hobby to distress. I find it helps to ground me after a long and hectic day because I focused on nothing but the lines being drawn, the beautiful geometrical shapes emerging. It is a wonderful hobby to practice, to promote mindfulness and calmness. I have since turned this hobby of mine into a side business where I have drawn commissions as well as have drawn mandalas and mandala inspired artwork and turned them into stickers, which I sell on my Etsy store. I'm so happy to be able to share the skill of mine with you. Here's the course outline. Please share your mandalas in the class gallery. I would love to see them. Let's get started. 2. Project Introduction: And this class, I will be going through a detailed step-by-step instruction on how I drew this mini Mandela. And throughout the lessons I will also be talking about the theory of drawing Mandela's and why it's so good for mental well-being. By the end of it, you will have your own beautiful Mandela. Please be sure to share it to the class gallery. I would love to see them. See you in the next lesson. 3. Tools : In this lesson, I will talk about the tools that you will need to draw your Mandela. A protractor, an eraser, a pencil, compass, sucker. Mom, my content, I tend to always use 0.5. for drawing and 0.25. detailing. If you don't have these particular brand, you can use any ultrafine tip pens in black, a mechanical pencil, and a ruler. This is my favorite drawing pad. I tend to draw many. Mandela's quite a lot and it's a perfect, it'll square for that. It measures six inch by six inch. It's Bristol paper with vellum surface and a weight of 270 GSM. If you can't find this particular drawing pad or paper, you can use any good cards, talk and cut it into six inch square. I've used watercolor sheets in this way before. And the next lesson we will practice pattern growing. Okay? 4. Pattern Worksheet Practice: I have provided worksheets in the classrooms or sections. I would recommend printing them out and practicing the patrons before moving on to the actual Mandela, we will be using each of these patterns in our actual Mandela drawing. The drawing section of each pattern shows the steps taken and drawing it. We will practice the steps here. The pen I am using to practice drawing the patterns is a micron 0.5. with pattern one, we first start with the outer arch, then arch. And color in the enter arch. With pattern two, we draw the outer circular triangle first, then thicken it by going over the lines again. Next, draw the inner circular triangle. And let till semicircle at the base. And then detail that enter circular triangle. Here I am using a micron 0.01. for that, you can adjust the thickness of the outer circular angle as it fits your drawing, as well as the width. Width pattern three, we start with a semicircle that's colored. Draw another semicircle close to it. Then another with more distance. You can vary the algae semicircle based on how large you want this pattern to be within your own drawing. Finish up by drawing lines within the outer semicircle. Pattern four is one of my favorite patterns to use within my drawings. Start with the outer circular triangle and thicken its edge. Drawing enter circular triangle. Now draw a petal on the center of the enter circular triangle. Draw two petals along each edge of the center petal. Colored in any gaps between the petals. With pattern five, we start with a colored n semicircle followed by another one lining it, just like with and three. We follow that by drawing small petals along the edge of the semicircle. Finally, draw large petals on the outer edge. If invariant as size of these petals based on what works best for your drawing. One neat trick that will really make your Mandela's part is the importance of drawing separate your lines between each row of pattern. The separator lines creates a negative space between your patterns, where your patterns are the positive space. When used together, it will compel viewers of your art to focus on the beautiful intricate patrons within your drawing. Finally, we can practice all the patterns drawn together row by row and using separate your lines. Use the grid provided to guide symmetry of your patrons. Add details using a micron, 0.01. pan. Okay? Okay. I have provided the shape of patterns to be used as inspiration for your own future drawings. Feels free to experiment with these and you'll share your drawings in the class calorie, please. Here or here, my many Mandela satire I've drawn. You can see lots of use of pattern one and patching three in this Mandela. And here's a botanical inspiring Amanda will then enter rings of leaves. This is another botanical inspires flour and Mandela. Large culture petals. I was actually inspired by space for this Mandela, particularly the supernova explosions that happens when a star dies. I've used a technique here called stiffening, where I shade the petals using dots. I hope this was informative and a fun lesson. And the next one we will start drawing are great. 5. Drawing the Grid: In this lesson, we will be trying our ratio of credit. One thing to keep in mind is to draw your ray TO grit with a light hand as we will erase it later. With their mechanical pencil and ruler start by marching the center of each edge of paper. A straight line through opposite sides. K sub retractor on your paper and align it to the vertical and horizontal lines you chew. So it's centered. Mark every ten degrees on the circumference of a protractor. Turns out paper around and repeat on the other side. Create the guidelines by drawing a line through the entire paper. Do this by aligning the rule that are with opposite markings. Repeat this for all markings until you have here the actions. Mark the center and it will start drawing the circles integrate. On year ruler measure one-inch, 1.1. edge, 1.5 inch, 2-inch, 2.5 inch, 2.6 inch. Here radial credit is ready. In the next lesson, we will start sketching out our Mandela. 6. Sketching the Mandala : Before we start sketching out our reminder, make sure that you take a few seconds to ground yourself. Have no distractions close by, are popping up so you can focus on it. As I mentioned before in a previous lesson in order for us to enjoy the process, we're firstName the foundation in a plan. The first part of the plan was drawing the grid. The second part, the sketching alter Mandela. This way we can keep our drawing rhythm going once we start using ink. Note that I have spent myself sketching the patrons. I'm actually drawing at a snail's pace, but sped it up. So the lesson doesn't end up being an hour-long. Take your time sketching out the patterns. I will be drawing the patterns that we practiced in the worksheet. First sketch out pattern one. Use this section to guide the essay. All have the same dimensions which will contribute to the symmetry of the Mandela. And now draw patching to, again, be sure to use the grid to guide your drawing is same here. I will sketch out one corner of the Mandela and the lesson that you can continue sketching the rest of patron to along the circumference. Before moving on, we draw a separate relying on the outer edge of patching too. The drug touching three, a separator line and then Patreon for above it. Repeat this throughout this your conference of the Mandela. And now we will draw, catching fire on the outer edge. Almost forgot the separator line. Draw the separator line asked her passion for and then finish drawing, patching five on the outer edge. And here's our sketch. In my case it's one quarter. We will incur ten in the next lesson. That was fun. 7. Inking the Mandala: Here is the full Mandela's sketched. It looks good, but it will look better. Actin. Start by carefully drawing out the innermost two rings and coloring it in. Now start inking any earsketch. Take your time with it and enjoy the process. I will be inking one corner is my sketch, but in your case, just continue inking in each pattern before moving on to the next. As you and can your Mandela, I would like you to be aware of the motions your hand is going through as it produces beautifully intricate patterns. The repetitive motions are wonderfully soothing and relaxing and they're amazing for grounding you and making you mindful of what you are creating. When looking at art that is very intricate, repeated patterns. One might think that it is stressful to create when in reality it is the complete opposite. Laying the groundwork in our previous two lessons by drawing the grid and sketching out the patterns is an important foundation creating the intricate drawing. Enjoy that process of growing your Mandela and don't get hung up on any mistakes you make. It is in my view that many people stop being creative in their life because they get too hung up from the perfection of what they're creating, that it ends up burning them out. However, keep in mind that perfection is subjective and that's what looks good to you and makes you happy is all that matters. In the end of the day, you are creating art for yourself and no one else. I will use a micron 0.01. to add some details to the Mandela to make it caught. Lines and dots on the petals. Shading here. And again lines on the small petals. And here's one corner completed. I will finish inking and the rest of the Mandela and superfast speed. Now when reality I'm moving really served. Okay. Carefully erase the pencil lines. And here is the completed Mandela. You concur in the center or black here would like to keep it as it is. I later decide to color it. In. The next lesson, I will share with you my ending parts. 8. Ending Thoughts : If there is one thing I would like you to keep in mind when drawing your own Mandela is to go slow, Take your time, draw the lines, and just enjoy the process. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it. Just keep going. The whole point of joining the Mandela's to be able to practice mindfulness and calmness. And the more you draw the vector you will get at it. We have reached the end of this class. Please be sure to share your own Mandela in the class gallery. It would bring me so much joy to see them. If you have any questions, please reach out. I'm more than happy to answer them. Thank you for watching.