How to Draw a Circular Ornament (a.k.a Mandala)

Salam, sister!

In my old blog, I published a post about how to draw a Circular Ornament. That post was the most popular in my blog, so I thought you might love it.

I really enjoy drawing. You probably know this already if you followed my site.


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Disclaimer: I am not a “professional” artist. I’m just a hobbyist, who loves her pens and pencils.

You don’t have to follow every step. You can certainly be creative and do whatever you want with your own art. I am not your art teacher!


The history of these ornaments

Some people call these drawings: Mandalas, or even Islamic Mandalas. But, I don’t like these names. Here is why:

Mandala is a word that means “a circle”. It came from the Hindu and Buddhist cultures. They used these circular shapes for their rituals.

But these shapes existed way before, in many cultures, especially the Islamic one.

In Islam, it has nothing to do with rituals. They were just decorations.

They were drawn in many different ways.

Geometrical circular ornaments.

Calligraphic circular ornaments.

And floral circular ornaments.

For this reason, I will call them Circular Ornaments.


The benefits of these ornaments

Scientists discovered that drawing (and colouring) these Circular Ornaments have a lot of benefits:

  • They make the person feel whole and content.
  • They reduce anxiety and stress.
  • They calm the mind.
  • And the most important benefit is: They’re sooo much fun.

That is why some psychiatrists recommend drawing these Ornaments to their patients nowadays.


Tools you need to draw Circular Ornaments

○ A drawing surface: paper, a drawing pad, a drawing app, a wall, a hand ready to be filled with Henna art, or whatever you like.

○ A pencil.

○ An eraser.

○ A long ruler.

○ A Circular protractor (if available).

○ A compass (with a pencil).

○ A black pen.

(I prefer Micron Sakura pens because they dry fast, they don’t smear, and they have a soft felt tip. I use different sizes to change the width of the drawing lines).

○ Coloured pens (optional).

(I prefer Staedtler pens).


How to draw Circular Ornaments

1- Draw guidelines.

You can skip this step if you don’t need them.

Guidelines for this drawing are circular grids. Draw them very lightly in pencil. That will facilitate erasing them later.

How to draw Guidelines:

Put a little dot in the centre of the page for your starting point.

Put a ruler, and draw a horizontal line across the dot.

Mark each Centimeter along the line.

Put the compass on the centre dot. Then, draw circles using the centimetre marks as a guide.

Continue until you have enough circles to cover the surface of your drawing.

Now, use the Circular protractor. Align it with the line that you drew previously.

Mark each centimetre along with the protractor.

Hold the ruler on each mark. Draw a line that connects it to the opposite mark, while passing the centre dot.

Continue until you get a Circular Grid!


2- Draw the main shape.

Start drawing with your pencil. Use each circle you drew as a Round for your drawing.

Have fun and draw any shape that comes to your mind.

Use the lines as guides for drawing more precise shapes/ petals.

You can use two circle guidelines for one Round, or however you like to draw the Ornament. Be creative with it.

It is alright to make mistakes!

You will see later that it is not necessary to make each petal/ shape match exactly.

It is not necessary to draw flowers. Get creative with the shapes!

Just have fun!

Well, I like flowers.

Aim for the joy you want to feel, not for perfection!

To make drawing the petals easier:

First, put a dot at the place where you want the tip of the petal to be. It should be at the top centre on one of the guidelines.

Then, connect the first half of the petal to the bottom of it.

After that, you can close the petal with the other half, in a similar curve.

It is best to use a pencil for this step so that you avoid making too many mistakes.

This will help you be more satisfied with your drawing.

But, don’t focus on making everything perfect. Ignore some mistakes on purpose. This will train you to leave perfectionism behind, Insha Allah.


3- Ink the drawing.

Follow the lines of the drawing with a black pen.

It is not necessary to follow the pencil lines exactly. If you find mistakes or would like to change something, you can do that.

After you are done inking the drawing, you can erase all the pencil lines.

Now, you can see the shape that you drew properly!

Some pencils smear when you are drawing, so you might need to erase the whole page.


4- Decorate and Fill with patterns.

This is the step where you can have the most fun because it doesn’t require any precision.

You can be more creative now. You can draw any patterns you would like. Do whatever you want to make your drawing more beautiful.

You can draw any patterns you would like. Do whatever you want to make your drawing more beautiful.

You can use a pencil first to try out different patterns.

Pattern ideas you can use:

Dots, circles, lines (vertical, horizontal, or slanted), zigzag lines, little triangles, or you can fill some of the shapes completely.

Experiment! Change the shapes to see which one you like better.

You don’t have to fill every shape.
You can leave some blank spaces to break up the continuous patterns.

You don’t even have to draw inside the original drawing all the time. You can go out and be creative.

It would give your drawing a different feel!

After you are done, you can ink the patterns you drew, then erase the pencil drawings.

Make the original drawing more interesting by giving the borders of the lines a different width.

This is the final look!

Now, you can colour the drawing, if you want!

Literally!

You can get this particular drawing so you can print it to colour, or even add more patterns to it! This is my gift to you. ❤️


Other Ideas for Circular Ornaments

  • You can draw Circular Ornaments without any guidelines if you don’t care about precision.
  • You can draw a circle only (instead of a grid guideline) to help guide you. A plate or a cup would do the trick.
  • You can use a grided paper to guide you, instead of drawing the guidelines yourself.
  • You can use a paper that already has circular grids in it without drawing them yourself. But, the downside is: You can’t erase the guidelines afterwards.
  • You can use a different colour for each round, to give the drawing a brighter look.
  • You can draw half a Circular Ornament.

From my own journal!

  • Or even a quarter.

I draw these small ones to decorate my journal a little. They don’t take much time to draw, but they make my journal so beautiful!


Don’t forget your gift!

After you join Bilislam Family, you can get this drawing and more Circular Ornaments to for FREE!

You can print them to colour. Or you can frame and hang them on the wall as decoration! You can even colour them digitally without printing if you want.


If you draw any Circular Ornaments, please share them with me. I would love to see them!

You can contact me on social media, or you can email me as well.


Don’t forget to share this post, if you have any friends who like drawing or colouring. They might enjoy it.


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If you want more posts like this, don’t hesitate to ask.

May Allah bless you!

Your sister,

Huda Ayn

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