DIY Wood Burned Mandalas


Hello everyone, It’s Katie here and I have a fun DIY to share with you inspired by Mandalas, Wood Burning and Pointillism! I combined those 3 different art forms onto a Basswood round to create a unique piece of art! Here’s how:


Step one: Design your mandalas! Mandalas usually have repeating elements, and I’ve found that the easiest way to draw them is to use a piece of polargraph paper. I did a quick google for printable polargraphs and easily found some to print out.

Step two: Place a piece of transfer paper on top of your Basswood Round, place the mandala design on top, and then trace over top of your lines again with a pencil to transfer the design onto the wood.

I only drew my half of my mandala design, and simply rotated the design to transfer the second half.

Step three: Wood burn your design! Wood burning can be a little time consuming, but it’s always worth it in the end to see that beautiful design burned into your basswood round!

I like using the Flow Point as my tip whenever I’m burning something with a lot of curves like this.

Step four: Use a sand eraser to remove any remaining pencil lines showing.

Step five: Squirt a small amount of paint onto a palette and use a fine paintbrush to paint dots around your design.

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small dots of paint are applied in patterns to form an image. Continue adding dots around and around until you fill up the wood.

I created a second round, only this time I did half a mandala and decided it looked like a flower, so I also chose to burn on the word “bloom”.

It’s that easy! Now let’s go do some wood burning! You can get all of the supplies you’ll need for this project on the Walnut Hollow website.


Bio: Katie is an artist currently living in the Pacific Northwest. She is a lover of everything crafty and is the girl behind the blog Studio Katie, where she posts DIY’s, art journals, scrapbooks, and all sorts of creative things.


7 thoughts on “DIY Wood Burned Mandalas

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