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How To Create A Bold and Colorful Mandala Illustration

by Content Team 10 Sep 2023 0 Comments

Hello, it’s Vaishnavi (@mandalabyvaishnavi).

Mandalas have been used for centuries as religious symbols for meditation, prayer, and healing. However, in recent years, the intricate and colorful designs of mandalas have become increasingly popular as a form of artistic expression. There is something deeply satisfying about drawing a mandala pattern on a colorful background. It is a fun and meditative activity that can help you unwind and tap into your creative side. In this blog, we will go through the step-by-step process of creating your own mandala on a colorful background.

final piece


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binder clip


Step 1: Choose your colors

The first step is to select the colors you want to use for your background. Choose vibrant colors that complement each other and create a harmonious color scheme. I am using Acrylograph Pens from their Tropical Collection.

 acrylograph pens

Step 2: Mark the area

Using a washi tape, mark the area on the sketchbook where you would like the background to be. I have used washi tape from the Beach Vibes Washi Tape Set.

washi tape barrier


Step 3: Create the background

Use the chosen colors to draw the puddles in the background. 

making background

You can create desired shaped and fill them using Acrylograph Pens-Tropical Collection.

coloring in


Step 4: Sketch your mandala

Once you have created your colorful background, use a pencil and a compass to sketch the basic structure of your mandala.


Step 5: Add details

Once you have the basic structure of your mandala mapped out, it's time to start adding details. Use a pen or a fine-point marker to draw intricate patterns within each section.

mandala close up

You can draw anything from geometric shapes to floral patterns, or anything else that inspires you. The key is to repeat the pattern throughout the section to create a cohesive design.

mandala close up


Step 6: Create some floral elements

If you want to add more detail to your design, you can create some floral illustrations.

floral details

You can make another floral that complements the mandala or a leafy pattern to create a contrast.

leaf details


Step 7: Enjoy your creation

Once you are finished creating your mandala, step back and admire your hard work.

peeling off washi

You have just created a beautiful symbol of harmony and balance. You can use your mandala to meditate or simply as a piece of decorative art. Whatever your intention, your mandala is sure to bring you joy and a sense of accomplishment.

final project

I have created this video to help you follow along:

And if you wish to try this yourself you can grab a copy of my free printable to get started!

free mandala template

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