Friday 22nd October 2021

How To Create A Mandala 2018.75.

How To Create A Mandala 2018.75.

For those readers who have followed me here and on Instagram for a couple of years, you will know how much  creating of mandalas has helped me become:

  • more mindful
  • gentler on myself as I create because I have learned it is about process not product
  • aware of the place of mandalas in nature, in buildings, and of course in design
  • somewhat addicted in the nicest possible way to create first and foremost, an original mandala
  • and later to colour it with paints, crayons, pencils, markers if I choose
  • observant of the patterns within mandalas

Today, on the blog, I am taking you on a creation of one mandala step by step.

Paper size: A5

This is but one mandala. I started like this and maybe you already remember doing this in school Maths lessons. I know I did!

I make them in all sizes now and they are my go-to for mindfulness creatively. I often have one or two in stages on my art desk.

I have asked my local library if they would like me to teach a class as a volunteer. They seem to be keen. Getting me trained to be a volunteer is taking time. I am so hoping this does happen and I can share what I love to do with others as it has helped me through….this cancer time and before that it settled my anxiety.

I am using a photo of me (with teeth!) to add to this post and to add to my ‘little booklet’ I have now created from the above photos.

Do let me know if you are going to give this a go. I would love to see your mandalas!



Joining with Kylie here for I Blog On Tuesdays
And with Sue and Leanne here for Mid-life Share the Love linky.



  1. WOW so that is how you make them. I never realised there were lots of little steps. They are very pretty and probably very calming to colour.

  2. That’s such a good how-to! I am a big fan-dala of your mandalas! I hope the library thing comes off, I know you’d be so great at it and I’m sure others would get so much value and benefit from it.

    • Dear Sammie, thank you….and now, the BIG question…will you give this a go??
      Local library is delaying me starting because of their changes of organisation.

      I may end up not doing it all because of bureaucracy!

      Denyse x

  3. Denyse, until I met you I had never heard of a mandala! Thanks for showing me what they are, how to make one and the joy and creativity they can bring to our lives. It is great to have you as part of our #MLSTL community. Have a great week, Denyse! xx

    • That is my pleasure. I think I knew about them somewhat but it was not until I really got into art as a creative pursuit back in 2013 that my knowledge grew.

      It took off, as I found they are quite compulsive to draw, in mid 2016 and whilst I do not make them daily anymore, they give me a chance to have a time out to create.

      I hope you might consider making one from these instructions…it is never too late to start, right!

      Denyse x

  4. I’m so glad these give you a sense of peace and centredness Denyse. I find that colouring books do the same for me – I’m not particularly good with creating my own designs (too self-critical) but I do love seeing what others do and the end product with colour is beautiful.
    #MLSTL 🙂

    • What would it feel like if you shooshed the self-critical voice inside I wonder?

      I learned a while back to reduce mine and to enjoy the process.

      It is a big lesson for me as I have always felt I needed to do better in so many ways and that it was other people needing me to do it. No, in fact, it was MY inner critic and it was/is up to ME to quiet here.

      That’s my take!

      Denyse x

  5. So fun you create your own. I have a coloring book of them… so I get the color-in calmness component, but not the creativity component. I also somewhere have a Spiro-graph that I think could be used to make smaller ones to color in. I’ll need to dig that out!

    Visiting from MLSTL!

    • Yes, go Pat! That sounds fun too.

      Amazing how one idea can lead to another. You saw this and then remembered the fun you can have with the spirograph.

      It was quite a challenge for me to make my own mandalas using compasses and a ruler, but over time I managed and then when I wanted to do “bigger” I had to buy another set.

      It makes me stop and think before creating and that in itself is good for my mental health.

      Thanks for sharing what you are up to!

      Denyse x

  6. I LOVE this 🙂 I have used free online print copies of mandalas, but I’d love to learn to make my own. Will pin to #MLSTL board for future reference 🙂

    • Oh that is good to know Molly that you might give making your own a go.

      It is satisfying to choose colours to colour one in that is for sure but it is now, for me, double to creative process and enjoyment to design it as well.

      Thank you for your kind words

      Denyse x

  7. Denyse these are so pretty I like color also. Pinks and greens are so pretty together.