Mandalas are intricate geometric shapes that originated as a Hindu ritual symbol. While they still have a significant connection to religion and spirituality, mandalas now also influence art and are one of the most popular designs for coloring books today. If you want to create a really beautiful piece, here are five mandala coloring tips you should follow.
Many coloring books feature mandalas because of their relaxing nature. Plus, they’re relatively easy to color and the symmetry of the design make for a very satisfying end result. To ensure that your mandala is as stress-free to color in as it should be, follow these tips:
- Choose your colors
- Start from the center
- Be meticulous and use the same colors for any repeating elements
- Add tonal gradients and blends
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1. Choose your colors
With any type of coloring, it can be tempting to grab as many colors as possible. This is particularly the case with mandalas as the swirling patterns and intricate shapes may make you want to be really random and wide-ranging with your color scheme.
But the thing about mandalas is they’re all about focus and relaxation. Traditionally, they were used in Hindu meditative rituals to focus the mind.
So, how can a finished mandala be relaxing in any way if it looks like an unruly rainbow threw up on it?
Less really is more and limiting your colors can actually make your mandala look more striking. That’s why, before you shade in your mandala, you should start out with a controlled color scheme in mind.
Wait, how do I choose my color scheme?
You can obviously choose any colors you want, whether they’re in the same color family or contrasting. You can even use just one color in multiple shades. But if you want a mandala that’s brilliant and balanced, it helps to plan ahead and stick to a theme.
Choose your colors (two to four is a good amount) and make little test boxes on a piece of scrap paper. Is there enough contrast in your palette? Or, are you going for a monochromatic aesthetic? Either way, make sure you have a theme in mind and stick to it throughout your piece.
2. Start from the center
The best mandalas are balanced. If you want to ensure this, it’s a good idea to start coloring from the center and work outwards. This means you’ll be able to color more logically and create a symmetrical piece.
3. Be meticulous and use the same colors for any repeating elements
Try and use the same colors for any repeating patterns in your mandala. This ensures your mandala remains balanced, symmetrical and basically, just more satisfying to look at. This is also why coloring from the center will help - you’ll be able to survey the whole piece and quickly see which parts are repeating and which aren’t.
It might seem a little tedious to have to color the same patterns the exact same way over and over. Where’s the creativity in that, right? But actually, this attention to detail is what will make your mandala stand out...
4. And help you relax
Although you’re being meticulous with your coloring, you should still be relaxed. We know what you must be thinking: “Concentrate but relax? It seems like a lot to ask for.” But if you don’t concentrate, your mind will wander and it’ll be apparent in your mandala as it’ll look tense and strained. And mandalas are so not about that life.
So, when you’re coloring, remember not to overthink it too much. Let your natural creativity flow and have fun with it. Get absorbed in the coloring. Think about your coloring and let your stresses fade away.
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5. Add tonal gradients and blends
Earlier in this post, we said choosing two to four colors is best for mandalas. It’s not very many colors and you might want to add some more depth. Add tonal gradients and blends! If you add some smooth color gradations, your mandala will instantly look more striking.
Chameleon Pens can help with this due to our innovative Mixing Chamber. Rather than finding pens in the same color family and having to swap between them to create a seamless tonal gradient, you only need to fuse the Chameleon Pen nib in the Mixing Chamber for a few seconds. The ink will then come out diluted and as you shade, the original saturated shade slowly returns. So, you end up with an awesome, smooth gradient and you only needed one pen to do it.
Interested in reading more on what features the best pens for mandalas need to have? Take a look here.
Keep on learning to “color like no other” with our ultimate guide
Want to find out even more on how to create beautiful mandalas? Check out our ultimate guide to using Chameleon Pens below. We’ve put together some tips, hints and advice on how to nail your penmanship so you can get the best out of your pen set and create stunning art.