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Mandala Rock Painting Guide, All You need to know

Have you seen the pretty Mandala Rock Paintings online and wanted to try it for yourself? If so, this blog post is for you!

We will walk through a Complete Mandala Rock Painting Guide, including covering the tools you need to make mandalas.


  1. What is Mandala Rock Painting?
  2. What are the Benefits of Painting Mandala Rock?
  3. What Mandala Tools Do I Need?
  4. How to Draw a Mandala outline?
  5. What are the steps to Painting Mandala Rock?
  6. Mandala Rock Painting Pro Tips

What is Mandala Rock Painting?

Mandala, a Sanskrit word meaning “circle” is often used in yoga and meditation practices. A Mandala Rock Painting is a painting done on rocks, using acrylic paint, dotting tools, combining different size dots.

What are the Benefits of Painting Mandala Rock?

With so many benefits, it is no wonder why people all over the world have been Painting Mandalas on rocks for years. Making a mandala is not only fun but it's also great for your mental health! Studies have shown that the process and effectiveness of making mandalas improve self-esteem, anxiety levels and promote better overall cognitive function.

What Mandala Tools Do I Need?

There are many different ways that you can go when creating a mandala. Sure, you could use a rock, paint, and a brush but, what if we told you about some other interesting mandala tools?

Here are the mandala tools you need:
Smooth Rock
Soft Brush
Line Guide
Large Ball Stylus
Small Ball Stylus
Acrylic Paint
Paint Plate
Acrylic Rods


Now that you know the different mandala tools, it’s time to get creative! But continue on the next steps on how to draw a mandala outline.

How to Draw a Mandala outline?

Now that you know the basics of mandala dotting tools, it’s time to learn how to outline your own mandala. The following steps will show you how to create an outline for Mandala Rock Painting.

Step One: Choose a Rock To Make a Mandala

Before drawing your mandala, choose a small 3/5 inches wide rock to draw on. You will need a rock without cracks or bumps and plenty of room to draw the outlines. You will also need a clean flat surface with plenty of space where you can work.

Step Two: Paint Your Mandala Rock Painting Black

You'll need to paint your rock with a soft paint brush using black acrylic. Black will make your design shine the brightest, but a dark blue or purple will also work!

Step Three: Outline Your Mandala Rock Painting
Using a guideline, draw a line using the gaps on the guide edges. Draw radial lines emanating from the center dot. These lines will help you to create the circular shape of your mandala. 

Step Four: Lines and Dots

Once you have added all of the lines, it’s time to start filling it in with dots. Add dots around the edge of your radial lines, making sure to keep them evenly spaced. 

What are the steps to Painting Mandala Rock?

Now that you know how to create an outline for Mandala Rock Painting. It's time to learn how to paint it. The following tips will explain Everything You Need to Know About Rock Painting.

Tip One: Choose a Theme

Before you start painting, choose a theme for your Mandala Painting. It can be anything from nature to emotions like anger or a nice geometric design you came across.

Tip Two: Choose Colors Wisely

When choosing colors for your painting, pick ones that will compliment each other well. Choose colors that harmonize well like blues and greens and try not to use too many contrasting colors, as this can make the painting look messy and chaotic. 

Tip Three: Choose Your Pattern

To create an amazing mandala design, use a variety of dot sizes and colors to make different dot gradients from lighter to darkest and biggest to the smallest. You can try the big and small stencils or even dabbing paint on a brush. See the tools list above.

Tip Four: Add and Repeat
Once you have finished painting the basic shape of your mandala, add the final details. Make any corrections that can enhance the overall pattern of your mandala design. This will help to create a more cohesive and polished painting. 

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Mandala Rock Painting Pro Tips

  1. Be patient and take your time while painting. Rushing through the process can result in a messy and unfinished looking painting.
  2. If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Just erase it or paint over it and continue on.
  3. Experiment with different colors, techniques, and themes to create unique and one-of-a-kind paintings.

In conclusion, I’m always fascinated by the thought that goes into a mandala. The colors, patterns, and lines all have meaning for the person who created it. It can take days or just minutes to create one. But either way, they are an expression of the one who makes it.

Have you ever seen a Mandala physically? What was your reaction when you saw it? Share in the comments below what experience you had seeing this ancient art form for the first time.

Thank you for reading.

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