DIY Mandala Painting

Sometimes painting is really soothing to me, I don't mind painting complex patterns or shapes as long as I have a nice audiobook to listen to I can be painting for a couple hours without feeling bored.
I've been wanting to make something colorful for my living room for some time. Finally last week I got around to do it. Because I wanted something with a lot of color and "kind" of geometric a mandala seemed like a good option.

You will need:
- Canvas,
- Acrylic paint in different colors,
- Paintbrush,
- Permanent pen,
- Scissors, 
- Tape, 
- Printer,
- Colored pencils,
- and 2B or 4B pencil

Find a mandala shape that you like on google, and print it. Depending on your canvas size you might need a bigger image that the A4 size that your regular printer makes. What I usually do is, go on photoshop or other image editing software and print a portion of the image in separate pages. If you don't know how to do this, watch this tutorial from Karen Kavett

Tape the pages in the right place and cut some of the excess paper.

Paint a preview of your mandala to test the colors that you are going to use.

To transfer the mandala shape onto the canvas, you will need to trace the lines onto the back of the paper, with a soft pencil 2B or 4B and using a window as a light table.

Flip the paper with the side you just traced facing down and center the paper on your canvas.
Trace the Mandala shape once again this time onto the canvas (I know, I know, you are probably tired of drawing lines over and over again, but although this part in not much fun, the result is worth it)

Now, my favorite part: Painting!! Paint your mandala however you want.
Try not to mix the colors that you are using, paint one color at a time, it will help not to paint in the wrong places.

As a final touch I've traced a black edge on my mandala using a black permanent pen.

Would you like to see more projects like this? 
Talk to you soon,


  1. Great tutorial! I would love to see more projects like this. :)

  2. Love it ! You have just inspired me ! I also really like the way you just have it leaning against a wall rather than hung up !
    Eb x

    1. Thanks Eb, are you going to make something like this?

  3. This mandala looks lovely and your technique is interesting. I have to try this, because I am always having trouble making large size mandala patterns on canvas.

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