12 Free Mandala Coloring Pages and 5 Artist Best Tips

I truly believe that everyone is an artist! These 12 beautiful mandala coloring pages are for all of you who wants to slow down, savor life, and indulge in your creative hobbies.

These mandala coloring pages are also perfect for making your own monthly calendars for your home or as gifts, one mandala for each month of the year!  =)

Free Printables:12 gorgeous mandala coloring pages, plus a set of color-your-own mandalas 2016 calendar, and 5 secrets on how to paint beautiful mandalas!

In addition, I want to share a mini tutorial and some artist tips on how to have more fun with your mandala coloring pages!

The hidden benefits of mandala coloring pages.

Mandalas are considered patterns of the cosmos. If we observe closely, we see them in almost everything from a small flower to the infinite galaxy.

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The activities of drawing and painting mandalas have been used as a meditation for centuries to clear the mind and to connect with our inner peace and happiness.

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5 artist tips on creating beautiful mandala coloring pages: 

Tip 1 . Start with what inspires you.

No need to start at the center! You can start any where. Pick a spot in the design that catches your attention first, and pick a color that you feel inspired to use as a starting point.

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Tip 2 . Don’t limit yourself to just one material when coloring mandalas.

Use any materials you like, and mix them up!  Color pencils, watercolor, ink pens, makers, acrylic, etc, can all be used for coloring, and no rules say you can only use one kind in each painting!

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Below are some of my favorite art supplies for coloring mandalas:


I prefer a thicker paper to print these coloring pages out (download link at the end) , like this great card stock you can get on Amazon . I have used it on most of the paper craft projects you see here, such as this 3D 2018 printable calendar! 

Make a 2016 printable calendar in 3D! Download free template for a unique dodecahedron desk calendar. Makes a great gift or Christmas tree ornament too!

Tip 3 . White is a color.

We often assume white means NO-colors, when in fact white is a very important color! It looks great next to all other colors, and adds brilliance to a painting.

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Tip 4 . It’s all about harmony and relationships.

Colors are like musical notes, it is not so much about a single note, but more about how each note sounds next to one another.

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Sometimes less is more. A few colors working in harmony together will radiate and appear color-FULL.

Tip 5 . Take pictures during the process, and  don’t be afraid to mess up!

We all encounter fears in a creative process. For example, I liked the mandala coloring page to the right in the photo below, but I was wondering what if I add more blue to it?

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I could sense the fear of “ruining it”. Then I took a picture so I have a record, then told myself: “just print another one if this one is ruined!” and as you can see in the next photo, the blue mandala came out very pretty, right?

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Here are the mandala coloring pages for you to download:

More fun projects to check out: how to paint on black paper and create a magical landscape of cherry blossom and moonlight!

Easy and detailed tutorial on how to paint cherry blossoms on black paper, and create a magical night landscape of cherry blossoms in the moon light.

Make giant flowers from foraged materials in nature.

How to make flowers from nature walk findings such as pine cones and leaves. These giant blossoms make such dramatic, beautiful and free home decorations! via A Piece Of Rainbow

Last minute festive decorations: easy mason jar oil lamps! 

Make gorgeous oil lamp from mason jars and glass bottles. Safer than candles, it takes only 2 minutes to make using vegetable oils and water! - A Piece Of Rainbow Blog

Paint watercolor forsythias (with a straw!) to welcome spring, soon

Paint Watercolor Flowers - Forsythia | A Piece Of Rainbow

I will be enjoying some slow time and delicious day-dreaming. Back in mid-January with lots more fresh goodies! =)

May the magic of mandala coloring pages be with you!   xo

38 Comments

  1. I am so frustrated–looking for the DOWNLOAD button for the Mandalas. Lots of “Suscribe” buttons, but no “Big Red Button” to get the download. I’ve tried Chrome and Fire Fox. Please help.

    • hi Ellen! the “Big Red Button” is in each week’s newsletter, and it takes you to all the downloads! are you getting our weekly newsletter? 🙂

  2. Hi!
    I know that these are couple years ago, but I can’t get it to download.
    Is it because this 2021 & they where done in 2017?
    I just love to color them.
    Thanks

    • hi linda! we just checked and the download is working fine. 🙂 if you have trouble with the zip file, please see instructions at top of download page!

  3. Hi Ananda,
    I really love the mandala calendar for 2016. I’ll jump for joy if there is one available for 2017!… (I promise)
    If not, will you be doing one for next year?

  4. Loved the mandala calendar! couldnt download it though, but beautiful.

    Im also looking for a week school planner for my kid, so into the mandala stage right now.
    if you happen to find one somewhere on the web…

    Tks!

    Melisa

  5. These are awesome! I’m going to print these off for my little sister. She’s been dying to get a hold of a coloring book and I think this is ideal for her. Thank you.

  6. Ananda! This is soooo awesome! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 Ava and I will definitely have a blast coloring in these beauties next week when she doesn’t have school. P.S. we made your pinecone and leaf flowers last week. Such a GOOD idea for the little one. xoxo

  7. Oh Ananda thank’s for this present ,this sweetnessin my heart cryaing because my Iris ,my lovely dog have a cancer and I”‘am in sadness…She miss me,she is clinic veterinary…Oh thnak’s for this mandalas,I will color one for her,with colors of rainbows like Iris…

    Tenderness to you

    • oh chamoise my heart goes out to you and iris! i can’t imagine how hard this must be, but i do believe that life is eternal and our animal friends are with us always.. hugs and best wishes xoxo

  8. I love colouring, I find it so relaxing and it helps me to focus and not have my brain run away on me. I have seen a few mandala colouring calendars in the stores but have resisted the temptation thus far – I still have quite a few illustrations to get through in my current colouring books. Fab photos with the post 🙂

  9. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful calendar with all of us. I can’t wait to print it out and start coloring in the months!
    My best wishes for a peaceful and loving holiday season.

  10. Omg. Looks like I have a new blog I have GOT to explore. I love coloting and I actually ran an online program on mandalas last year. I’m going to share this post with my girls!

  11. Hi Ananda,

    These look beautiful, thank you so much for sharing. The links are missing for the files though unless i am clicking on the wrong links, but can’t find any others.

    Wishing you Happy Holiday’s and a well earned break!
    Thanks again for sharing all your lovely creations.
    Helen

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