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I love mandalas. They are one of the few things that force you to slow down and focus on every detail of every step and yet you only have to make one simple decision at a time- then just repeat. It can be a time consuming project depending on the amount of details but the end results are well worth it.
Here’s some tips before you get started:
- Make sure your hands, stencils and work surface are clean. Residues can cause smearing, smudging, and can make some inks unable to bond to the surface.
- Take your time. This is not by any means a short term project. Tracing and drawing through a stencil takes concentration and a slow, steady hand.
- Use your hand (or light-tack washi tape) to secure your stencil while drawing. The slightest movement can make a big difference.
- Stencils are not perfect. Mistakes will happen. Don’t stress over it. It’s just a piece of paper.
These are the pens that I’m using for this project. You don’t absolutely need all of these but I like to have different sizes of each pen.
- Sakura Micron 005, 01, 02, 03, 05, 08, 10 Pens in Archival Black
- Sakura Gelly Roll 05, 08, 10 Gel Pens in White
- Uniball Signo 10 Gel Pens in White and Gold
- Zebra Doodlerz Gel Pen in Black Glitter
- Sharpie Extra Fine Permanent Alcohol Marker in Black
To begin, I started drawing through TCW873 Orb Mandala Stencil with an extra fine black permanent marker on a 12×12 white sheet drawing paper. Any type of drawing paper or scrapbook paper will do just fine.
For the inner orb circles of TCW873 Orb Mandala Stencil I used the center of 6×6 TCW887 Circle Gate Stencil. When tracing this part of the stencil, don’t go all the way to the edge. Once stenciled like this, you can easily connect the lines to the edge of the circle.
The rest of the mandala is really just basic drawing. Draw some lines here and there. Color in a few shapes. Add some dots/circles around different shapes. Don’t forget to alternate between black, white and gold. Just have fun with it! Once you do one section, you only have to repeat for the following sections. That’s really all mandala “drawing” is. The tiniest details, even just dashed lines and dotted circles is what makes an ornate drawing.
Renae Davis, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member