Simple Oil Pastel Mandala Sun Art

by Tonya Staab

If you are looking for oil pastel ideas, we show you how to make our simple oil pastel mandala art that is inspired by the sun.

oil pastel mandala art inspired by the sun
Make our beautiful sun mandala art using oil pastels.

Oil pastel mandala art

I am currently working on my degree in art education. I’m taking the most fantastic art class at the moment where I’m learning about so many artists, creating lesson plans, and doing lots of fun hands-on art projects. This oil pastel mandala was a project that I worked on a few weeks ago and I loved it so much that I had to share it with you. We were required to add shapes to our mandala, so you will see I included diamonds, circles, and triangles.

This was my very first time working with oil pastels, but since making this mandala, I’ve made two more art pieces too.


  • Oil pastels
  • White 12×12 scrapbook paper
  • Orange 12×12 scrapbook paper
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors


Place a large plate (or use a protractor) to make a circle on your paper with the Sharpie. Find the center point of the circle and put a dot there.

step 1 for making a mandala is to draw a circle on your paper and find the center point.
Draw a circle on your paper and find the center point of it.

Using a pencil, draw your mandala design. As you can see below, I erased a lot as I went along.

a mandala sun being drawn on orange paper
Sketch out your mandala sun on the orange paper with a pencil.

Once you are happy with your design, go over it with the Sharpie.

step 2 for making mandala art is to go over your mandala design with a sharpie

Color in your mandala design with oil pastels.

color in your mandala design using oil pastels

I love how some of the colors blended together. Next to watercolors, this would be a new favorite medium to use.

blended oil pastel colors together when coloring in your sun mandala
Blend oil pastel colors together when you color in your sun mandala.

The final step of our project was to cut out our mandala, and then glue it onto white or black paper.

More mandala art

I previously made this watercolor mandala art for Make and Takes. This one was inspired by nature in springtime with flowers, leaves, and pretty colors.

mandala watercolor art
Watercolor mandala art inspired by nature.

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