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How to Draw a Symmetrical Mandala

Drawing mandalas is relaxing and therapeutic, and the finished product can be extremely beautiful. From colorful to black-and-white, from simple to extraordinarily elaborate, there is infinite room for variety in this soothing art form. Sometimes it’s fun to simply doodle mandalas freehand, but when you’d like to be sure that your work is symmetrical there is an easy technique to help you do so.

This may look like a lot of steps, but once you get started you will find it almost intuitive.  Personally, I find drawing the guidelines themselves to be very relaxing.

You will need:

  • A compass that locks into position
  • A ruler
  • A pencil for drawing guidelines. If you have a hard drawing pencil, better yet.
  • A good pencil eraser.
  • A pen or marker for drawing the mandala. You might like black sharpies, black multiliner pens, or other bold inks with good staying power.
  • Something for coloring your mandala, if desired.

IMPORTANT: Draw all of the pencil lines as lightly as possible as they will all be erased later.  If you have a hard drawing pencil rather than a regular #2, it will make the erasing even easier.

1. Mark a point near the center of your paper.  This will be the center point of your mandala.  Use your compass to draw a circle about 1/3 the width of your paper.


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