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Tangle a Mandala With Khala Pattern - Mindful Drawing Class

teacher avatar Zen Linea, Certified Zentangle® Teacher & Jeweler

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Background Preparation

    • 4. Tangle 1: Khala

    • 5. Tangle 2: Verve

    • 6. Tangle 3: Diva Dance

    • 7. Final Pen Details

    • 8. Shading Khala

    • 9. Adding Color to Khala

    • 10. Highlighting Khala & Shading Verve

    • 11. Shading Diva Dance

    • 12. Highlighting With White Gel Pen

    • 13. Finishing Touches

    • 14. Project Time!

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About This Class


In this class you'll learn to:

  • How to draw a celtic knot inspired pattern Khala
  • Use Khala as a focal point of a mandala
  • Combine it with several different tangles to draw a balancing composition
  • Shade and highlight your drawing
  • Practice mindfulness and relaxation while creating wonderful art by drawing patterns

Whether you are a beginner or a skilled artist, you are the right fit for this class - it is designed for anyone who is able to write four basic letters used to draw any pattern: I, C, S and O. However, Khala is best suited for intermediate level artists, although beginners can finish the project with the guidance from video instructions and the accompanying handouts with illustrated step by step guidelines (you'll have to log in to Skillshare through your PC to be able to download attachments from the Projects & Resources section)..

Remember that you can stop the video at any time to finish what you do at your own pace and you can also watch it at 0.5 x Play Speed if you prefer slower rate (the option is in the bottom left corner at each video).

This is a rather long lesson but you can use the fragments that you'll find useful as the class is divided into smaller chunks, for example:

  • Preparing the background with a watercolor wash
  • Drawing individual patterns - Khala, Verve, Diva Dance
  • Shading with graphite, watercolor pencils or grey marker
  • Highlighting with white pencils and gel pens

Make sure to download the attachments, join the project and come back with the project photos, questions or comments. I'd love to hear from you!

These drawings were inspired by the Zentangle® Method - an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Follow me on Instagram to see hundreds of drawings, process videos or check out other links to see what's new. 

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Zen Linea

Certified Zentangle® Teacher & Jeweler


Hi, everybody!

I'm Anica Gabrovec, a Certified Zentangle® Teacher and jewelry maker from Croatia. On social media I mostly use my alias Zen Linea, which became the formal name of my small creative business.

After working in finance for 20 years, in 2019 I decided to make a big shift and dedicate my time to creative pursuits, which is what really sparks my joy. I've been making jewelry on and off for 15 years and last four years I've been totally into drawing, powered and inspired by the amazing Zentangle® method. 

I can honestly say that creative work has changed my life and my mission is to spread that creative virus to as many people as I can. My biggest reward is when I manage to change other people's preconceived&nbs... See full profile

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1. Welcome!: dear friends, Welcome to my New Orleans. Plus I'm an It's a jewelry maker and the certified sent angle teacher based in Croatia, also known as Zen Lee. Now, today we'll explore a kind of a Celtic knot inspire tangle, which I deconstructed, made a step out and called it color after our German speeds. Duggal girl I admit that this ruling might be challenging, for some of us are invited to try playing with it. Maybe take us sheet off regular paper first for practice, but just dive into it without fear is always. The goal is to find joy and relaxation. In this creative process, the tangle color is constructed like a star with a number of points stemming Radio Lee From a center, it actually has doubled branches outer and inner. You can draw many varieties like a three point collar by starting the drawing with at least six dots around the center 45 point color, and today we'll draw a six point color. Please check out the attached cheats with step by step the constructions, which will help you in these drawing process 2. Supplies: to start this project will need around paper tile is in dollar buys entangle in the triangular three Tzeitel, which will use just to help us with sketching the string, a black pen and the pencil, and to equal line leak with watercolors, both with light colors so we can do more wonders with shading and regular sprayed bottle with water. Later will use watercolor pencils, wide charcoal pencil and gel pin and the great alcohol marker. Don't give up if you don't have some supplies, just create with what you have, and I'll suggest some alternatives in the attached document. This ruling is based on and inspired buys, entangle and easy to learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. The method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. If you want to learn more, please visit is entangled dot com. 3. Background Preparation: I'll start preparing the background by spraying the paper tile with water and dropping some color on it. These tiles are not made off watercolor paper they use for reality a polo, which is intended for very sprinting techniques. And by wetting and drying them, the paper surface will actually become more firm, sort off like canvas. You'll see that there puddles of water. We child dry with cotton Q tips to remove what seems to be too much. The paper will bend when it's red, but I'll use a blow dryer to dry it. Turn. It's from side to side, and it will get straight. If you work with water colors, you know that there is only so much of control you can have over the process. How the water spreads. There is always an element of surprise because the water will find its own way to spread. So you have to surrender and let it guide you, maybe even more than you guide it. After drying. Now that I see what it looks like, I'll try to get some more variety in shades. By waiting the paper again and adding some more color, you can always pick up some of the color with a Q tip or spread it with the brush, blow some air in it so it spreads and blends. - And again I'll blow dry it so that I don't wait for it to dry. Naturally, I'll say this triangular paper tile to draw string or to sketch the area in which I will place my pattern. I'll end up with six point shape. For this, I'll mark the three corners, but also around the middle part off each side, just for orientation. The next step is to turn the triangle around and try to place the corners, same with which is around one centimeter from the edge of the rounds in dollar X. Now we have a shape to start with, and I will try to trace the middle line on all three sides to hopefully establish where the centuries it doesn't have to be precise, but it will be good enough to guide us. We need the center because we'll start the process by joining the central circle 4. Tangle 1: Khala: I'm going to grab my Micron PN pen and I'll draw the circle. Just take a deep breath and draw it as imperfectly as everything in life is now, it's time to dive straight to drawing the points of Collett angle. I'll mark small dots in these six triangles, and I'll try to place them evenly because we'll draw the branches around them. We'll start with small marks because they'll end up being painted black and we can always make them bigger, but we can't reduce them. What L do is Al use six of these dots to form each point. We can, alternatively, drop points with four dots in the base, but by choosing six will get wider points. I'll draw a line around the third dot on the left from the middle, where the tip of the point will be. The line will end up a bit further down from the tip, so it's easier to finish it later. And I'll repeat six times as we draw around the paper tile. Starting after each second dot All the time, I'll rotate the paper and Joe almost without moving the hand, because this way, I'll keep my hands rested you can see at this last point that there was a time when I haven't rotated the tile as much as I'd have to. So I have a shaky line, but no worries. At the end, you won't even notice it. Next. I'll Jodi inner part of the branch, starting from a dot that I'll place on the top part and the branch will get thinner as I approached the bottom that let me remind you that we're not aiming for precision here. Just breathe andro six lines. - Our imagined middle line is after the third left dot so we'll draw another side off the point. Also around the third daughter on the opposite right side. This time, I'll Joe dinner line immediately after the outer. But you can do it either way. Just make sure to turn the paper as you go along. - If you follow me on social media, you might notice that this is a bit different from the previous color verses that I drew on the step Oh, that they published before I was using four dots to draw 1.2 on each side of the Imagine middle line in the attached file AL Job both variations and you can practice boat. So this will actually be an extended version off the color Step out. I always try to prepare some useful materials and attach them, so please check those out. I really believe that they will be of help. - How will outline the Inter branch by starting again from a central point itself and going down and around the dot Then I'll do the same on the other side of the same point. After that, I'm going to repeat it six times and you see what I'm going to do with these dots. I'm going to form these drops and color them black. And right now is the face when you might think Oh, no, it's not symmetrical. This is not going to work. It will not look nice enough. But actually, when you color it shaded, give it more love and finish it. Believe me, it's going to look great. So we're going around the circle drawing these inner branches, coloring jobs and these little triangular inner shapes because of the fact that we drew small dots. Now we can make the drops more even looking similar shaped. - Oh , and when we finished it does look better and symmetrical. Don't you think so? And with that, we're finished with the basic shape column. 5. Tangle 2: Verve: Now it's time to decide what to do next. I'm joined this without a plan, so I think I'll Joe three circles keeping the next space. Andi. After I drove them, I'll decide whether AL use the same tangle three more times. Or maybe l chose another for these Stengel, which is gold verb al Joe and almost s shaped line from the circle to the central pattern. Rotate the tile and repeat three times and then at those same lines. But this time going from the circle to the edge of the tile. This is the base for the world, and we'll finish it just by adding parallel lines on both sides. You decide how many lines you lead, and I'll add some 5 to 6 pieces. The more lines you read, the wider that's angle will be. We're not looking for symmetry here. We're striving for nice balance. You probably heard the term sacred geometry and believe me when I say that I love geometry , but it does not have to be perfect like we had to draw it in school. So here I will teach of the dim perfectionists sacred the nuances and specifics that will make our joins unique justice. Every one of us is unique and imperfectly 6. Tangle 3: Diva Dance: on the remaining three sides. I'm gonna go with the tangle, cold dividends. I'll start the line that will connect the middle off Collis side with the paper edge. Then I'll add some bumps. And after I had the bomb poor, too, I'll add an order online on each side, which are just parallel lines to the line that's already there, so I'm kind off outlining what I already do. As I go further, I'll just repeat the process, and it bumps or blobs off black color and outline until the shape is as large as I want. You'll add black ink wherever it seems that you need some more weight or contrast. - After you're done with one shape, you just rotate the paper and continue with joining the same shape I'm going. Teoh draw curvy lines because it's certainly much easier to draw a wavy lines than straight . And in addition to this, the curvy lines seem more organic and natural, and this is what I want to achieve in my drawings. You might be the type who likes straight lines and geometric shapes. If you are, then I don't think the this exact angle is right. One for you, but you might use another tangle here, like a frame that you will find in my German dollar class or one off. Many tangles developed either buys, entangle incorporated or other tangle. Er's. - We have the last third side left, and again we start with same central, curvy line, and we spread the shape to both sides. Take your time and don't forget to breathe Whenever you need a break, At least just relax in the chair and take several deep breaths. Remember that whenever you feel tense or uneasy, you can always come back to the tranquility off your breath. There is one thing you can control in your art making process. Remember that we're not here in competition. We have time to finish this, and the whole point of drawing is not to make it perfect or finish it within a certain timeframe. It's to enjoy the process and relax as you're doing it off course. There are those days when we have many things to do, and on such a day we won't approach a project like this one. But what we can always do, even when everything's really hectic, is try squeezing in a 15 minutes break for basic old schools entangled drawing, just say, three basic supplies, which are paper, pencil and pen and breed while drawing some lines. This makes wonders, and it honestly helped me get through some rough days in my corporate finance career. 7. Final Pen Details: Votel to now is I'll add some lines to the small spaces knew the central circle. First, I'll connect the middles and then add some more lines on the sides. It actually depends on what you want to achieve what you like or find more relaxing. You can simply color them black if you want more contrast or color them blown gray, purple whatever you prefer. If you don't like the lines, you can always calorie black. - Now if I look at the whole drawing, I'll try to decide what to do on the outer edges. I can see that I have these small nukes here between singles, and I'm going to feel them by inserting these nice circular shapes. That's actually my go to solution. And if you follow my work, you have surely noticed how, like adding them. They won't all be the same size or position at the same place. I'm also coloring the small spaces left in the nooks. Some are a bit smaller, depending on how why the spaces? Just another reminder. We are not aiming for the symmetry. We just want to relax, enjoy a nice, balanced Mandela, and what I like doing is feeling these small spaces so that they're no spiky gaps. And by adding this, it will almost locus, though we have small balls that are encapsulated in these nooks sitting in a thick liquid. If you let your imagination go wild, who knows what you'll see in your drawings? I'm pretty fast to doing anything, including drawing. But if you need more time, just let me remind you that you can pause the video at any time and take her time. You can also slow down the recording, especially if you want to laugh at hearing my distorted voice at the end. I'm just ordering these shapes, outlining them by drawing a parallel line which will, I believe, just complimented, drawing beautifully. And then, in the end, we can decide if we're going to feel these outer spaces with some tangles or some color, or just leave them as they are. What would work really nicely, I can already tell you, is adding some shapes with a white men, a pencil or a great pen, and also it's a more color. But we can also leave it as it is, because thes fading colors on the edges are really beautiful. Ware left with these last triangular spaces within the central tangle, and I actually thought about drawing some tangles in them. But I decided that I would keep them simple and do the same as in the small spaces and Joe , some lines starting from the middle and spreading to both sides. This will also help me to achieve some contras between the branches off this radial shape and dinner spaces, which should, in my opinion, because we're trying to get some contrast and dimensionality helped create this three. The illusion and up. Sometimes the line misses its way. If you draw quickly like me and your line goes in the wrong direction, just continue to draw. And they're good chances that it won't even be noticeable once the drawing is finished. After shading and highlighting with this, we're finished withdrawing process and will go to shading and highlighting 8. Shading Khala: I'm making the half moon shape in the central circle because I'm imagining that the light source comes from above it electorally market just for the sake off orientation, and later I'll erase it. I'm taking my blending stump, and I'm rotating the tile because it will be easier for me to blend it like this. Now I'll try to divide the branches of car in two parts, and I'll go around the drawing and do the same. I'll just deal with the outer branches right now, and you can see that I'm not drawing these lines all the way to the base off the pattern. But just where the branches are a bit wider now that we know where the source of light is will blend these pencil lines so that the upper part, or the part that is closer to the life source remains without shade. We'll draw some shades on Lee on the bottom part of the shapes, and we're making it kind of symmetrical on both sides. Anything that's facing the side away from the light source will be in shade. - We can also imagine that this bottom branch is under the one that we just shaded, so we can also add some shades just under the upper branch. We can do it symmetrical, so we're not confused later, and we don't even need to think about these branches again. You can see how I often turn the tile to the original position, with the light source being on the top just so that I make sure where it is because I easily get carried away with shading. We are also drawing shades under any overlaps, meaning any places where one branch is below another. I'm trying to be consistent with this process, although it's not easy with my ever wandering mind, which likes to jump all over the place from time to time, I stopped to see the whole drawing and notice. If there's anything left out, I'll take the blending stump again. Use it to spread the pencil trace and see what it looks like 9. Adding Color to Khala: The next thing to do is to add a little more color to collar and inner spaces. It will help me achieve some visual appearance of depth I'm using to watercolor pencils, which are similar to the background colors, maybe with a bit deeper color, first emitting color around and inside the central circle. Then I'll add some color around the place. Where column needs the central circle. I'm using both colors, depending what is the background color in each particular part and deepening its. But the big around colors blend on some parts of the background, so it's not necessary to be precise about what colors we use for shading because with a nice blend will get some additional interest. - I will just blend the colors with the teen water brush and see where that will take us. We can always add some more color later if we feel we need to. Shading really takes time, and I read a great quote from Noah Nardo Da Vinci Art is never finished, Onley abandoned, and that really resonates with me because many times I just don't know when to stop. I always ask myself if the drawing looks finished when Is it enough? Should I had some more? But there is never a definite answer. There just comes a time in the creative process when we have bending whatever we're working on and we move to the next project, so stopping at any time calling it finished or even deciding that we don't want to deal with the project anymore. I just do what feels right At a certain point. I move on, just like in life. I'll pay some attention to these triangular spaces between color points, also by thinking about where the light sources Sometimes I don't take the same approach when I shade radial patterns. Instead, I shade consistently the bottom layers. But now I decided to follow these direction and I'll see where it takes me. This uncertainty, when it comes to the Ark making process is not something we all deal with equally well. I am myself much of a control freak. I like to know where things are going and being precise, coming from a very conservative industry where everything has to be thoroughly planned out to the tiniest detail. Letting go of the control can sometimes be challenging, but it's very much needed 10. Highlighting Khala & Shading Verve: I'm using the general pencils, charcoal white pencil Teoh at highlights on those surfaces that we didn't shade with graphite pencil. No, and you see how it brightens the drawing. All of a sudden, I'll let shine to the central circle as well. I started with the top point, the one that's closes to the emergency source off light. But as they go further and work on other points, I'll do that in pairs to make it look symmetrical. - You wouldn't believe how many white pencils I've tried for various stages off our process, but I can tell you that this charcoal white works great with this paper, which has a rough surface, especially after it's been wet and dried. Because, as I already mentioned, the surface gets firmer after it goes through the process. While normally fi Briana, Tia Paula paper can be pretty delicate for a raft charcoal pencil coming back to the central tangle of this project color. I admit it's a bit complicated, but please don't get discouraged. They hear time print out the attached materials, which will have a visual step by step guide through drawing this shape. Perhaps you might want to practice on a practice sheet first on a regular paper to get acquainted with it before you move to the Zen dolla. It all depends on the level of skill you are at. Do it anyway. It seems best for you. No. Now, one by one, I'm going to play with these ver tangles. I'll basically color them in same fashion, the one I usually use with verve. I'm coloring this part closest to collar because I want to enhance the central tangle, and they'll do that by shading the part off verve. The disappears. Birol column. I'll also color the parts nearest to the s shaped lines that spread away from the circles, and finally, I'll blend it color with water brush. - The thing with this brush is that it's very clean and precise, but right now it's pretty dry. I don't like when it breeds too much, but also not when it's too dry. So I have to squeeze it to get some water flowing out off the water tank 11. Shading Diva Dance: Now I'm going to shade the diffidence first by adding some color next to collar, where color overlaps over the dividends. And again I'll take the brush to activate, blend and spread this color along the tangled. I'm continuing by drawing some shades to the orbs we have here, and, of course, I'm going to blend it with the water brush. It doesn't matter if I'm left with some traces of other color on the brush, because the colors blend throughout the background and the drawing as a whole is about mixing those two colors and the transitions from one to another. - I'll also use watercolor pencil to bring some dimension to the D evidence. Now I'm trying to add color to those parts off the tangle that might flow in the same direction. Reliance either rise or fall, if we might think about the D evidence is away bebe water flow. But you don't have to worry about it too much because just the fact that you will bring some variety in the way that it's colored is enough to make some parts off it pop up visually, and it will end up looking vivid. - And of course, you already know what the next thing after getting some shades is. It's bringing out some highlights. It's all about the contrasts for that task. I'll need my right charcoal pencil. I let some highlights to the parts of verbs that I'd like to enhance, and I'm going to blend it as I go so that I don't smudge it to own the other parts of the drone. And then I'll do the same with the D evidence. Just add white on those parts that were not shaded a minute ago. I hope that you can see what I'm trying to achieve here. It kind of has a flow, and it looks like we have waves of color. At least that was my intention. X Next thing I'm eating some shines who are orbs here just on the opposite side, off the color that we used for shading off course. I will blend the highlight, but I will do that after I turned the tile upside down, because it will enable me to blend it more efficiently to spread despite trace to the part that was already shaded 12. Highlighting With White Gel Pen: I'm taking the white jelly roll to add some highlights. So I'll start with the central circle and add these pops of highlights to each of my circles. And because of the fact that it takes a bit longer for this white jelly roll to dry, I'm taking care not to smudge it. Because believe me, that sometimes happens while this rise. I will also use this. Why jump in to highlight some other parts of these shapes? You can do it in the way that I'm doing it, which is more or less symmetrical. After I had shade to one side, I'm doing the same on the other side, and I'm kind off adding these blobs of white unevenly on purpose. We do this on those parts which were already colored with white charcoal pencil. In order to make them shine even more, you can either draw a bright lines like I do it here or maybe leave tiny dotted marks. Sometimes I also use a small water brush to spread this wild jail before it dries. But I'm not doing this now because I'm trying not to lose too much time so that the videos are not so long, although I believe that they already are. I'm just going to quickly raise the mark I left on the top, which shows me where the light sources then I'll think about what to do with the outer space is what I decided to do with. It is just to add some more contrast to these notes that are closest to the central part of the tile, and I'm using my graphite pencil here to add graphite traces that I will blend later on. I'll actually leave these spaces. Blanca's they are without heading tangles because I like the Grady in that we have here, going from some shades of blue or purple to these nights white spaces as we're coming to the border of apartheid. 13. Finishing Touches: And now, just when you might hope that I'm finished, I'm taking the Coptic gray alcohol marker, which, of course, is not the necessity. But as I'm deciding to use it, I think that it might bring some more drama into these rowing, and I'm not going to use it everywhere, just in some parts to enhance the contrast. But let me just tell you, once again you can finish or abandon the drawing process at any time. There is no reason at all to go this deeper and to give your drawing this much attention and love. It is a fact that it is a lovely as it is even without this last process. But it's already told you I have some problems with knowing when and where to stop. But that doesn't mean that you have to follow me on the spot. You can just decide that it was enough and jumped to her next project, which is totally fine. You can see that I'm trying to decide where I really was the shade. I'm not using it all over the place. I'm choosing some areas where I want to enhance the shades, and is it possible that I've done enough. Yes, I think that I am now very near the end. - And if you don't know what the last step in the creative process of those entanglement today's , it's just being grateful to have had this great opportunity to create something to draw, to find. Join it. So just look at your work off art with pride and love and gratitude for this gift of creation. Thank you all. 14. Project Time!: I hope that you'll draw along with me or create a piece inspired by this video. If you find the project challenging, don't just give up. There are printable attachments to this lesson, but you have to log into your PC to download them, and you will find the visual step by step guides to join individual tangles and also to finishing this project as well as other tips, tricks and references. When you finish your project, please share it with me and the other participants to motivate them. Also, ask any questions about the project or the method. I'll gladly answer them. Visit my profile to find links to my social media and get your daily inspiration. Thanks so much for drawing with me. Keep on creating and enjoying the creative process.