24 June 2014

Another Mehndi Inspired Mandala Tutorial

For this tutorial I'm using:

 Using the STABILO Pen 68 Mini or any water based felt tip pen, start your mandala in the center, and work outwards. I don't use a compass or any template.

Now, using the ZIG-Watercolor BrusH20 Detailer, go carefully over the outline of each shape you want to color, try not to go outside the line otherwise the ink will spread where the paper is wet. You can leave some white uncolored shapes.

When your mandala is completely dry use the
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 334 to draw the details and tidy up the borders.

For more detail step-by-step instructions of how to draw a Mehndi Inspired Mandala have a look at this post here. There you'll find a sheet with some forms you can use for your mandala.

18 June 2014

Kolam Inspired Simple Knot Tutorial

The inspiration for this knot came from several KOLAM designs I've seen on the web.
I have use it as a center in some of my latest mandalas.

For this tutorial I've used
Step 1
Start drawing a cross.

Step 2
Add perpendicular lines to each arm of the cross.

Step 3.
Draw three lines on each space following the direction os the external line. Its easier to add one in the middle and then one on each side

Fill the four spaces. It should look like this.

Step 4.
Start drawing the curved lines' start with the one closest to the middle.

Continue drawing the four curved lines, one for each straight line. The last one should start at the external line you drew in step 2.

Continue drawing the curved lines on each side of the square, following the same order.

Here's you finished simple knot.

Mandalas where I used this knot as center.

You can also watch the video where I draw the knot in real time