Wheel Mandala (Demo)

Do you want to find out how I go about creating something like “Wheel Mandala”? If so, please read on.





Start by figuring out the center of the paper with a ruler and mark it off lightly with a pencil.





Using the paper’s center, lightly draw a circle with a compass.






Then, at 45° intervals, lightly draw smaller circles (eight in all) going around the larger circle.





Color in the small circles. I used Sakura Koi Brush Pens, but you can use whatever brand marker you’d like. You can even use colored pencil instead if you prefer.  Start drawing lines with pens. I used Sakura Pigma Micron pens at various widths, but again, you can use any brand you’d like. However I recommend they be waterproof, if you color with markers, so they don’t smudge.



Continue drawing lines, or as I like to call it … “doodling”. I usually don’t plan things out … I just see where it “takes me”. This is one of the calming aspects of this kind of art that I like a lot.




Use the same center point to draw some more larger circles, if you’d like.  I happened to do that here, but the next mandala I do may be more freestyle.





Don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t seem to be going in the direction in which you originally planned. Take a break and come back to it. I think I took a break of a few days at this point.





Keep going even though some parts don’t look as “good” as you’d like. That happened to me with this one … as well as others. I still have quite a few unfinished pieces because I didn’t feel like continuing them. Note to self: I should go back and finish them.




At this stage I feel I’m almost done. I just want to finish it off with some shading, which gives it a little more depth.





This is the finished product (click on the image for a larger version)! Yay! It took me 10 days in all, but that’s fine. My art’s better when I’m in the right frame of mind.

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