02 August 2012

Zendala Mandala - Tutorial

 Zentangle is a Registered Trade Mark and created by Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas.

For the Zentangle Zealots

Two Easy Ways to Create a Mandala
an Art Tutorial by Cyra Lewis

I will be posting a YouTube video for another Mandala technique soon.
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Zendala One
Start with two pieces of paper in different colours.

Cut a circle from one colour,

Fold it in half.

Then into quarters.

An finally fold it into eighths.

Use scissors to cut shapes from the folded sides.
(just like making paper snowflakes with the kids at Christmas)

Carefully unfold your paper Mandala.

Using a soft pencil (3B) draw around the Mandala template onto your other piece of paper.
You can use tiny bits of Blue Tack to hold it in place while you draw around it.

Next you draw over the pencil marks with your Pigma pen (or whatever pen you prefer to use)
I got a nice bold line with my 0.5 Pigma.
Now would be a good time to erase any pencil lines still showing.

Then you can have some fun filling in parts of the Mandala with your favourite Tangles.
You can join lines, add more lines and shapes, and tangle whatever bits you like.
Just make sure that you repeat the same action on the mirror image and repeats around the Mandala.

Here is my finished design for this demonstration technique.

Zendala Two

Using the Mandala template that you made in the first technique, use a glue-stick to glue the paper template to another piece of paper of a contrasting colour.
Make sure you get glue-stick on all the edges and points of the cut-outs.

Draw around all the edges with your Pigma pen and then start your tangling on the shapes that appear on the two different coloured parts.

Here is my final Tangling on this technique.
It's a great way to add some colour to your Zentagles.

Please let me know in the comments section below if you enjoyed this tutorial and would like some more.
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Mandala - Zentangle - Zendala 

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Happy Zendangling


  1. Loved it Cy! This looks so fun and almost therapeutic. I will definitely be trying this in the future. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Cheers Connie, I'm always going round in circles, lol. Enjoy the relaxing moments in life.

  2. so easy, yet so effective and could be a relaxing few hours. no special supplies to buy as most homes have what's needed. thank you.

    1. You are welcome Lydia :)

  3. This was very interesting and easily explained. Thank you.

    1. Glad you popped in Annette, hope you enjoy tangling a Mandala sometime. It's a rather relaxing pastime :)

  4. Cool! I believe I will use this in a creativity class I am teaching this fall. Thank you!

    1. Hi Deanna, I'm happy that my tutorial has inspired you. Be sure to pop back here to let me know how your creativity class goes :)

  5. Wonderful idea! Thank you!

    1. Thank you Silvana. Glad you like my tutorial.