There’s a huge range of geometric compasses available costing anything from one or two pounds to £50 or more. Some really cheap compasses are a complete waste of time, as they are too loose to draw a perfect circle. You’ll just end up getting extremely frustrated. I use this Faber-Castell compass for drawing my mandalas. If it is out of your price range then please do read my blog post with further recommendations and tips on what to look out for when buying a compass.
I always use Sakura Pigma Micron Pens for drawing mandalas. They come in various sizes and colours but most people start simply using black ink. The size I use most is the Micron 05 (0.45mm nib). For finer lines, I use a Micron 01 (0.25mm nib) and I use the Pigma Brush in the same range, also in black, to fill in larger areas.
These Sakura pens don’t bleed or smudge so are fantastic to use for drawings. They are also archival quality, and won’t fade so they are ideal for work you want to keep. And, being waterproof, you can go on to paint over them if you wish.
Whether you’re looking for bold, opaque colours or subtle watercolours, these Arteza Real Brush are my favourite colouring pens.
I originally bought the 24 pen set but I liked them so much I soon bought the 96 pen set. They are also available in sets of 12 and 48.
You’ll find tips on how to store and use these watercolour pens below.
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