How to Draw a Mandala

Oh, hi there! Today I’m bringing you a tutorial for something that I get questions about all of the time… how to draw a Mandala. I’ve been drawing mandalas as a way to relax and unwind for some time now, and I often get asked where I learned and how I got started.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of information out there on how to draw a mandala. There’s plenty of pretty pictures for reference though, and that is how I learned… by copying what I could see.

Drawing mandalas is such a relaxing and meditative process. I hope you’ll learn a thing or two from this tutorial and I can’t wait to see the beautiful designs that you come up with when you give it a try.


Learn how to draw a mandala with this step-by-step guide!

>> 1 >> Get your supplies together

This is a list of the supplies that I use. Feel free to use what you have on hand. Circles can be made using random items from around the house if you don’t have a compass handy :)

>> 2 & 3 >> Draw your circles

Use your compass (or whatever small round objects you have laying around) and pencil to draw out concentric circles. Some people like to measure the distance between their circles but I like to just wing mine. This makes each mandala that I draw 100% unique and different.

Learn how to draw a mandala with this step-by-step guide!

>> 4 & 5 >> Draw your vertical & horizontal lines

This type of ruler makes it super simple to make sure your lines are at a perfect 90º angle to each other.

>> 6 – 8 >> Draw your diagonal lines

Use your protractor to mark out the 45º marks between your vertical and horizontal lines. Then mark halfway between those lines as well. Connect your marks through the center line all the way across your circle. This will divide your circle into 16 equal sections.

Learn how to draw a mandala with this step-by-step guide!

>> 9 >> Start to draw your pattern

Working from the inside out, start to draw your pattern. Here, I started with a simple flower pattern in the center circle.

>> 10 & 11 >> Start adding the layers

Pick what your next shape will be and repeat it 8 times around the circle. Here, I chose a flower petal. The sky is the limit here… be creative! Just remember to repeat the same pattern all the way around to keep everything symmetrical.

Learn how to draw a mandala with this step-by-step guide!

>> 12 – 15 >> Keep adding shapes and patterns

Keep adding layers of different patterns. Sometimes I like to outline a circle or go back and fill in blank spaces with more patterns and designs. Shading in certain areas can make a nice contrast.

Learn how to draw a mandala with this step-by-step guide!

>> 16 >> Have fun with patterns

Here, I turned these large shapes into leaves just by adding some lines.

>> 17 >> Don’t be afraid to deviate from your plan

Here I decided that I wanted to do a patterned border to create a separation between the inner and outer sections of my mandala. I grabbed my protractor and pencil and added in a new circle.

>> 18 & 19 >> Add different line weights

I wanted to make this separation nice and bold so I switched from my 0.3mm pen to a 0.7mm. Notice how the lines around this circle are nice and bold :)

Learn how to draw a mandala with this step-by-step guide!

>> 20 >> Fill circles with patterns

Circles like this one are great spaces to fill in with a fun pattern. I kept this one simple with some swirls, but there are SO many fun patterns you could use. Zentangle patterns are great for something like this!

>> 21 – 23 >> Keep at it until you’re happy with the size

You’re getting the hang of it now, right? Keep adding layers of patterns until you’re happy with how big your mandala is. Now it’s time to start thinking about the finishing touches.

Learn how to draw a mandala with this step-by-step guide!

>> 24 – 27 >> Fill in blank spaces and create some depth

This is where I usually take a step back and try to look at the big picture. Are there any blank spaces that could be embellished? I went back in with my 0.7mm pen and thickened up a few lines, adding some circles and scallops where I thought they were needed.

Learn how to draw a mandala with this step-by-step guide!

>> 28 >> Erase those pencil lines

Check you out! You did it! All that’s left is to erase those pencil lines and admire your beautiful mandala!

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I can’t wait to see what you’re going to create now that you now the “top secret” formula ;)

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Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy - Boho Berry Paperie.
  • Petra Trowbridge

    This was a very quick first attempt. But it was fun. Didn’t pencil in enough lines so it wasn’t even. Still fun. Thanks for the YouTube video.

  • Petra Trowbridge

    This was a very quick first attempt. But it was fun. Didn’t pencil in enough lines so it wasn’t even. Still fun. Thanks for the YouTube video.

    • Definitely not bad for a first attempt, Petra! I love that you made it your own. You’re style will just grow from here :)

  • The printable is going to be such fun to color! I’m becoming a huge fan of coloring therapy – it’s just what I need at the office between meetings!

    • I totally agree! Coloring pages are a great form of therapy and relaxation! Love it :)

  • Eye candy, Kara! And probably also mind candy. Perfection.

  • This was beautiful to watch! I was wondering if you spun it around haha, things can be tricky when you’re taking a video :)

  • tamiwinbush

    Wow – You’ve awed me with this. I can’t wait to get started for real. I’ve got 3/4 of one done, and I’m stuck as to what to do next. This video has given me some inspiration. Thanks!

  • Megan Stribling

    I am putting together a downloadable coloring book and I was wondering if you mind me recommending you and this guide for people who want to draw their own? You’ve done such a wonderful job on it.

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  • Savannah

    I just have a quick question that I would love to have answered. This is going to be super specific though. I was wondering if the Artist PITT pens that you use would work for drawing. I am about to order some for my bullet journal. I am an artist but haven’t used ink too much as a medium. Also, I don’t think I can afford the sketchbook that you use but I don’t think any of mine would be heavy enough for the pens. Do you have any other suggestions for cheaper sketchbooks that would work? Also, before I buy those pens, would they hold up the same to a different Leuchtturm notebook? I have the Leuchtturm1917 Soft Cover B5 Composition Notebook.

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  • Rosemary Meeks

    Hi, I really would like to see someone do a paint by number, color by number, color by ink or marker, mandala kit(s). Make them large enough to be an impressive wall hanging. I would love to do one. I have done many, many small ones you can buy in coloring books and am thinking of taking 3 or so of them to a framer and have them make a frame for them to hang. I do so love doing them, but do not want to draw them myself when there are already so many talented people (like you) out there to draw them for me. I guess they wouldn’t have to even contain paint or pencils or ink or whatever, just put them on quality paper and let us use our own imagination for the colors. Maybe 12″ x 12″, or even larger would be nice. Just a suggestion ya know. But I really would love to have some. Maybe I could even sell them (already painted by me, of course.) for a little extra money here and there. I am nearly 80 years old and my artistic streak is still going strong. Thanks for listening to me. Rosemary Meeks, I live in colorful, beautiful Colorado and I love lots of color.

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