Mandala Wall

The idea

It all started on a beautiful Sunday morning. My boyfriend and I were having great conversation over breakfast when I mentioned that I haven't been able to find anything to hang above my bed in the past 3 years — true story. So he asked:

Why don't you draw on it?

Ha, right. Wait, what? How have I never thought of that? That's brilliant! I instantly started researching to see what was out there and how I could make such thing happen.

Sharpies, of course. I came to find out that quite a few people had done big wall illustrations using nothing but Sharpies. Sounded absolutely doable! If they did it, I can do it too. Little I knew what I was about to get into.

No pressure

On Valentine's Day, about a week after the idea of the wall came up, a very sweet gift was delivered to me at work. My boyfriend had managed to put together a box full of love... and Sharpies.

How sweet!

I had to explain to my coworkers that I wasn't just obsessed with Sharpies, but that there was a thought — a really big one — behind it. After I told everyone about my idea of drawing on my wall and after all my Facebook friends had seen my cute Valentines gift, I suddenly realized...

Oh, sh*t. There's no way back now.


I'm a planner. There was no way I would possibly allow myself to start doing this without a plan. Using one of my favorite toys, my iPad Pro, together with the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app, I started drawing my vision for my bedroom wall. I really needed a solid place to start and use as reference.

Screenshots, Procreate App

The tools

I need a giant compass.

Besides a box of Sharpies and a rose, in order to draw mandalas, I also needed a compass — in this case a giant one. After browsing Home Depot, I ended up getting a few things and making my own for about $4. It worked beautifully!

Pencil on a stick, Home Depot, $4

The Process

It took three months. On and off, but still... three months. Definitely longer than expected. The best way to describe what the process was like is comparing it to running a marathon. I had to dig deep to find the energy to finish it because I was always too far along to give up.

On top of the challenge of making a giant art piece, the fact that my wall was textured slowed me down tremendously. It was very hard to get the ink to be even since I didn't have a smooth finish. The tip of the Sharpies and pencils also didn't last nearly as long as they should have.

Day 1

Well, I definitely can't go back now.

Day 3

This is fun!

Day 12

I think I can finish this in another 2 weeks.

Day 21

Maybe in 3 to 4 weeks.

Day 29

This is messier than I thought.
Sharpie stains are sexy, right?

Day 36

Maybe I should've picked a smaller wall...

Day 48

Do I really have to finish this?

Day 67

What the f*** was I thinking?

Day 83

Omg... I did it.

The result

A really cool video

A really cool bedroom

A pile of used Sharpies

A lot of spare Sharpies

A one-of-a-kind art piece

A very proud girl

More stuff

Follow me on Instagram to see more of my creations. And if you're interested in seeing what I do as my full time job, visit my website.

SPECIAL THANKS: 1) My boyfriend, Ray DeLong, for providing the idea, the materials and for believing I could actually do this. And 2) Alex Galley for taking beautiful photos of my heartfull of Sharpies.

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Aline Forastieri

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