Beginners tutorial: How to draw a mandala


Drawing a mandala by hand is super easy if you do a little prep work beforehand with some basic drawing tools. This tutorial shows the steps I take to draw mandalas, and yes, other people may do it differently but this is what works for me.


You will need:

A compass, protractor, pencil, pen, ruler, eraser and paper to draw on.

The Basic Steps

Scroll down to see the video tutorial of these steps ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

  1. Using the compass, draw a big circle in the centre of the page

  2. Align the mid-point of the protractor over the dot where the compass was set when you drew the big circle

  3. Using the pencil, mark a small line at every 10 degrees around the protractor. If using a 180 degree protractor, youโ€™ll need to repeat for both halves of the circle.

  4. With the ruler, draw lines around the circle โ€“ itโ€™ll start to look a little like teeny tiny pizza slices!

  5. Once the bulk of the grid has been drawn, you can now start adding more rings to the main circle from the central compass point you made at the beginning. Work from the inside to the outside.

  6. Sketch repeating patterns and shapes around each ring of the circle, using your segments of the grid as a guideline.

  7. Once happy with how things look, ink over the pencil lines, wait for the ink to dry, and then erase any pencil marks.

  8. VOILA! You have a mandala! I hope this tutorial has helped you on your way to creating incredible mandala art.

PS. Want to skip the grid drawing part and get straight to doodling your mandala?
Download this free grid printable Iโ€™ve created for you. Either draw straight on top, or try popping it under a sheet of thin paper to use as a guide. Youโ€™re welcome!

Watch the tutorial

Don't forget that you could also take this one step further and colour it in (if colouring is your jam) or maybe even try drawing it in coloured pens or altering the grid a little.

The possibilities are endless, and if you want some extra inspiration feel free to check out the Pinterest board I made here: Mandala Love by Creative Happy Life.

Share your mandalas with me

Feel free to share your finished creations with me over on Instagram or in The Colouring Den (my private Facebook group). I canโ€™t wait to see the gorgeous mandala art you create ๐Ÿฅฐ

Also, if you found this video useful, drop a comment below or spread the mandala love by sharing the link to this page. Huge thanks in advance!