The inside jacket of Lena Dunham's Not That Kind Of Girl. I saw it, I loved it, and I had to try it myself. Now, it's your turn.
What You'll Need:
- Stickers — the more the better. The greater variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, the more you'll have to work with, and the more interesting your end result will be. Be sure you have at least four of each sticker, and eight of as many as you can (this way they can mirror each other in each quadrant).
- A large white art board or high-quality paper (make sure it's acid-free — you will likely want to keep this forever). The one I used is 16 x 20" but a square would work just as well. If you want to get the finished piece framed, that's something to consider as well.
- Plates of various sizes, plus one small bowl or cup
- Ruler or straight edge
- A pencil
- A good eraser — make sure it's clean and won't smudge or leave marks.
1. Trace Your Circles
Though you could go full mathematician and bring out those protractors and compasses you likely have lying around, I decided to go a simpler route.
You get the idea. Keep going until you've traced all of your circles from the outside in.
2. Draw Your Grid
First make sure to mark the center of your smallest circle.
Then, draw a cross to divide your circle into quadrants. Draw a line to divide each of those quadrants in half, and then in half again.
Your finished grid should look something like this. You don't need to go totally crazy making the sections exact, but get it as close as possible — the more precise you are here, the easier the rest of the process will be, and the better your end result.
Then, start branching out along the grid. Make sure you're keeping things as aligned and mirrored as you can.
Keep extending from the center — you'll get the hang of it quickly.
If you find that your grid isn't as exact as it could have been, you can cheat the stickers a bit to keep everything in line.
I've found that it's easier to start with your larger stickers to get the overall shape going. You can fill in gaps later with the little guys.
Like that! Keep adding stickers until you're happy with the size and shape of your mandala.
Fill in the gaps as much as you want, but remember that some blank space looks nice and brightens up the piece as a whole.
4. Erase The Grid
This is where a super clean, sharp-cornered eraser is your friend. Get in all those little spots, and wipe away any pencil peaking through.
Et Voila! You are an artist. You are now ready to show your work off on Instagram, text your mom a pic to validate the many talents of her spawn, and display your work somewhere that will attract oohs and aahs from all who visit your four-floor walkup.
Images: Jenna Wexler (15)