Create a Wildflower Mandala with ProcreateAug 25, 2022
I LOVE wildflowers. There are so many beautiful flowers in the forest preserve near my home. I like to walk and bike in the preserve, and take pictures of flowers to reference for art projects later.
I am also intrigued with igniting creativity -while keeping the creative spirit calm. Mandalas are a perfect blend of energy and peace. And, Procreate’s Rotational Symmetry provides a mindfully artistic way to create beautiful Mandalas!
For today's step-by-step Procreate tutorial, together—we will create an amazing wildflower mandala!
Before we start, here are the supplies and brushes you will use...
Add these files to a folder you create and name: Flower Mandala.
This folder will hold your: Color Palette, Thistle Photo, Thistle Flower Drawing, and the free brush - Technical Pen Dotted Line.
When you click on the dotted line brush, it should import into your Procreate app. Look for it in the Brush Library named IMPORTED.
- Technical Pen* (in the Inking Brush Library)
- Watercolor Brush* (in the Painting Brush Library)
- Monoline Brush* (in the Calligraphy Brush Library)
- Blotchy Brush* (in the Calligraphy Brush Library)
- Technical Pen Dotted Line Brush (free download!)
*These are default brushes that come with Procreate! :)
OK - time for some FUN! Let’s get started and create something amazing!
Step 1: Set Up a New Document
Open Procreate and start a new canvas by touching the Plus (+) sign in the upper right corner, and start a new 12”x12” canvas that is 300 dpi.Once the new document is open, go to your Wrench Tool> turn on Drawing Guide> and then select (and open) Edit Drawing Guide.
In the lower right corner select Symmetry Option> Radial> Rotational Symmetry (toggle it on)
Step 2: Import Flower Drawing Reference
Go back to your Gallery and open “Thistle Flowers” document (imported from downloads).
Select the top layer named: Thistle Flower. Hold and drag the layer to the upper left corner— over “Gallery”, then hold until “Gallery” opens.
Drag the layer to “hover” over new document. With your other hand, touch the new document (it will turn blue) and hold until the document opens. When you see a green circle with a white “+”, lift up and the layer will import into the document. :) You’ll see your Thistle flower layer in your new document.
Repeat these steps to import the Thistle Bud Layer (into your new document).
Want to learn how to draw loads more flowers?
Step 3: Draw Mandala Flowers and Leaves
Choose the large flower layer. Using your “arrow” tool, position and size to your liking.
Set the flower at an angle to give it a nice directional flow for rotational symmetry. Set this layer to “Multiply” and reduce layer opacity to 45%.
Create new layer drag it underneath your flower layers.
Touch on “layer 3” and choose “Drawing Assist” in layer option panel. (This is an important step - to ensure rotational symmetry will be in effect).
Using the provided “Thistle Mandala” color palette—choose the dark purple swatch in lower left corner.
With technical pen selected at 2% with 100% opacity, draw the stem (double check that drawing assist is selected). You should see a stem spiral created as the symmetry comes into play.
Continue to draw the rest of the thistle flower using your flower drawing as reference. You do not need to follow it exactly. Feel free to bring your own flavor to this flower!
Next, clean up the center of the stem spiral (with eraser tool set to Monoline Brush) and ensure you have one closed “object” that will be easy to fill with color soon. Repeat steps to draw the bud. (New assisted layer>position bud reference>draw bud).
Note: Position & size the bud (with an opposite direction “flow” from large flower)
Add another “assisted” layer and position it above flower layers
Using technical pen, draw one leaf for each of the two flower stems (assisted drawing will complete leaves in rotational symmetry).
Now: Turn off layers except for leaves - make sure each leaf is a closed object.
Step 4: Add Color to Your Mandala!
Touch on the large flower layer and select “reference” option from panel.Create a new layer and choose “Assisted” option. Position underneath your large flower “Reference” layer Select a dark green from color palette and drag color onto the stem in the new assisted layer. All the flower stems will fill as one spiral. (Cool, right?)
Repeat steps for both bud and leaf layers: Select “Reference” option for the outline layer > create a new “assisted” layer beneath - and drag/drop color onto this new assisted layer to add color. Create interest by changing the green hues.
Now, re-select “reference” on large flower outline layer.
Select “assisted” layer on color fill layer. Drag and drop color onto “assisted” drawing layer - to color flower petals with different shades of purple in color palette
Re-select “reference” for bud flower outline layer.
Choose “assisted” layer with color fill for bud stem and drag/drop color onto the bud petals - use same steps and colors as large flower. Now, add a new layer and choose “Assisted”.
Position underneath the large flower color fill layer Using Watercolor Brush at 13% and approx 80% opacity begin to scrub and blend shades of purple and blue (from color palette) Use yellow for a highlight. Using Monoline Brush as eraser, clean up the edges around the flower. Create a new “assisted” layer, positioning it underneath bud flower color fill layer.
Follow same steps for shading and cleanup as large flower.
Step 5: Create a Fun Center Medallion!
Create a new “assisted” layer and position it on top of bud flower outline layer.
Using Technical Pen Brush, draw a simple shape that occupies the center of the mandala. Be certain this you close the object you create.
In layers panel - select “reference” for this medallion outline layer. Create a new “assisted” layer underneath the medallion outline “reference” layer. And drag/drop color with fun shades of pink from the palette to add color to medallion.
Step 6: Details to Add Flourish!
Add a new “assisted” layer above medallion outline layer.
Choose the Blotchy Brush at 20% and 100% opacity (or tweak down a little - experiment!) and choose a nice bright white from the palette
Using the original Flower drawings as reference - draw flower texture (for both flower and bud) - experiment with Blotchy Brush pen pressure to create extra interest on the flower texture.
In the layers panel - select the flower texture layer and choose the “overlay” filter to add some extra drama to the color in the texture.
Go to the bottom of your layers and choose “Background Color”
Choose a color from palette that will add additional drama to your mandala. I am fond of the darkest purple in the palette. :)
Last, but not least—add one more “assisted” layer above the flower texture layer.
Choose the Technical Pen Dotted Line Brush (imported from your downloads), and pick a bright white from the palette
Draw amazing details by adding dotted lines on petals, stems, leaves, etc. Add whimsical fun with spirals and corkscrew shapes on the background.
This creates intricate (but super EASY) detailing that will make folks say “OMG how did you DO that?!?!”
Have fun and enjoy this last step!
Step 7: Ta-dahhhhh! You Have Created a Mandala!
And there you have it! You have completed a beautiful wildflower medallion using Procreate’s Rotational Symmetry!
Try practicing this medallion again using the same flowers. You’ll be surprised how the result will be dramatically different! (So FUN!). And then, use your own flower drawings—you’ll be amazed at what you can create!
Hi! I am Beth Buffington is a licensed illustrator, adjunct college professor, and creative online course instructor.
I love creating illustrations and designs for home decor products to create a “home” in your house. And…I demonstrate and teach students how to be curious about trends, color and texture,—through the creation of digital illustration.
Life is TODAY…realizing the layers of happiness in each “today” is what makes Beth creative.
She learned early in life that we need to celebrate little moments, and remember daily to treasure the people we love.
It’s realizing we can celebrate the ordinary—that makes life extraordinary…Today.