20 May 2014

Mehndi Inspired Mandala Tutorial


MANDALA: Sanskrit, means circle. In religion and philosophy represents the whole, the universe. In Analytical Psychology represents the Self (C.G. Jung)
 MEHNDI: Hindi, the art of temporary henna tattoos, from the Sanskrit Menhika or henna plant.


For this tutorial I'm using:



This little page with the basic shapes I like using

Copyright © 2014 Maria Mercedes Trujillo A. All rights reserved.

The Process:
1. First I choose the colors I'm going to use (Lavender and Delft Blue don't come in the set pictured above, can be replaced by Dark Mauve Pink and Silver Gray)


2. I start always in the center, that way I can keep my mandala even, I don't use a compass or any template. Using my basic shapes page I choose to start with a spiral.


3. Now I add one of the borders.


4. Then I add petal shapes around the border.


5. I add some filling to the petal shapes. I start adding leaves.



6. Fill the leaves.


7. Add an outer adornment to the leaves and some circles on the spaces between them.


8. Add a border again.



 9. More leaves or petals, add fillings.



10. Outer adornment and little circles in the spaces between petals/leaves.



You can keep repeating from step 3, adding more elements from the basic shapes page or your own, making your mandala as big and complex as you want.

When you feel you have finished your mandala write the date.
It is perfectly fine if it doesn't turn up completely round and symmetrical, you will get there with practice.
It is a process to relax and have fun regardless of the end result.
Look at your mandala with love, you just made it and it is precious!
Keep all your mandalas even if you don't like them much, you can follow how they change with time.

If you have any question you can ask on the comments , send me an e-mail or through the contact form on the left of this blog.

Have fun!!!

Note: If you want to see how I draw a very similar mandala on a pebble, have a look at this video.

Please if you share about this tutorial link back to my site!!!


Some examples done following the steps on this tutorial.





24 comments:

  1. Maria! Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's wonderful & I see where you got some inspiration from the rock mandalas! Wonderful! I appreciate you sharing that video, and this great tutorial! Another reason to start ordering more art supplies! ♥♥☻

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    1. Minerva I'm glad you like my tutorial and my video!!! Thank YOU very much.

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  2. Adoro os teus mandalas! Obrigada pelo tutorial, tenho que experimentar um dia destes :-)

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  3. You have such a steady hand! Thanks so much for the tutorial--I feel like I can actually try this now!

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    1. Thank you julie! I think the steady hand is practice and good support ;)

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  4. merci beaucoup pour le partage et ta grande gentillesse
    ml

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    1. Soyez le bienvenu Marylaure!! Thanks for following my work.

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  5. Thats such a simple tutorial. As someone else also suggested, you have a very steady head; drawing a circle without an instrument, almost perfectly.
    This is also called Rangoli in India, and people in the south adorn their home entrances every morning with a fresh new piece of it.
    I am going to try one too. Never did a mandala on a paper yet. Thank you for the post.

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    1. Thank you chocos! When I'm drawing the circle, instead of looking at making a circle, I concentrate in the space between what I have already drawn and the curve line I'm making, does it make sense? Try it! ;) Do you make Rangoli? Is it the same as Kolam?

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  6. ¡Gracias por compartir tu magia Maga Merlina! :)

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  7. You make it sound so easy! I will definitely be trying this. Thanks so much.

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    1. you are welcome! You'll enjoy it Timaree, give it a try! ;)

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  8. Wow! Fantastic tutorial. My set of pens like those are around here somewhere... Maybe I will start with my Verithins. :-)

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    1. I just saw your mandala on Facebook, well done Laura!!!

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    2. Thank you! I think I will be making these for quite a while. :-) I love the way they come out - so many possibilities!

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    3. I've been drawing and painting mandalas for years and still love it! Be creative and enjoy Laura :)

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  9. wonderful tutorial! I shared it on Facebook. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Jane! I'm glad you like it. Thanks for sharing it too.

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  10. Maria, merci !!! C'est un plaisir à regarder et ...donne envie de peindre à son tour... C'est très gentil de partager avec nous ces jolis moments...
    Dominique

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    1. Merci Dominique!! Fraces ne parlent pas, mais je peux comprendre votre message. Merci beaucoup à vous pour vos mots.
      I used google to reply ;)

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