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How to do a Madhubani painting

Friday, January 15th, 2010 | Author:

vinitajhawomenworkredIn our previous posts, we have shared about what Madhubani paintings are and where do they emerge from and what are the common themes in such paintings. Also, off late I have been reading a lot about Madhubani paintings and thought I too should try my hand at it too. To do a Madhubani painting here is all that you would need:

  • Cloth/Handmade paper
  • Trace paper
  • Fabric colours(for cloth)
  • Poster colours (for paper)
  • Black outliner
  • Carbon sheet
  • Indian inks (green, blue, red, orange, black)
  • Madhubani Pen or a Black ball point pen

paper_craft_pt41_lDecide on a theme. Trace the design of Madhubani using a carbon sheet on the handmade paper. If you do not trace it well, then later while outlining the painting you may face trouble. In case you want to make changes, you can make improvements in designs. Draw the outline using the Madhubani pen, dipping the pen in black Indian ink and removing the excess ink and drawing thin outline on the entire painting, or using a black ball point pen and outlining the design. People who are comfortable can also use a 000 point brush.

Now fill in the designs with Indian inks that come in various colors. Most people use green and red in Madhubani. However, you can use other colours too. Now allow it to dry and frame it. Madhubani paintings can be done on fabric too, however you then need to use fabric paints instead of Indian ink.


Indian Art – A History of its own

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 | Author:

Indian Arts is said to be the art form that holds traditions and oldest history among all the art forms in the world.  The Indian paintings, crafts, fine arts, and sculptures, has created international fan following for India. The aspect of art in India is highly realistic.

Architecture and Rock cut art was an important step taken for the progress of Indian art, initiated by the Buddhists and inspired Jains and Hindus who built similar kind of structures like Ajanta, Elephanta, Ellora, Badami, etc. Visual art form Painting started with rock painting at Stone Age. Mughal painting, Madhubani painting, Mysore painting, Tanjore painting, Rajput painting are some of the notable Genres to Indian Art.

The music another art form of India has two variants, which are classical style and folk style. The diversity seen in musical system is also visible in Indian dance forms. It is said that Indian dances contains traditions and history compared to any dance form in the world. Creativity is an aesthetic concept. It is an idea that can be heard, felt and seen. Through various mediums such as painting, metalwork, pottery, weaving, paper-art and designing objects such as toys and jewelry represents tribal and Folk art in India. The Richness of Yoga, which is indeed an art form, now followed in every part of the world, was observed in India.

There are various art foundations established in India with a motive to spread awareness of various art forms in society. They organize art camps in order to propagate art knowledge and culture. These Institutes not only encompasses all forms of Indian arts, but also offers degrees in, studio arts, creative writing, museum studies and visual communications. These institutes promote new breed of artists, with famous names. Art India Foundation and Indira Gandhi Institute for India Arts are some of the examples of such organizations.


Madhubani paintings

Saturday, April 04th, 2009 | Author:


madhubani_painting_qd22Bright colours, religious motifs, nature symbols, natural objects and Hindu deities – welcome to the world of Madhubani paintings. Madhubani paintings, also known as Mithila painting are an integral part of Indian art. This art has emerged from the Mithila region in Bihar. Women of Madhubani have contributed significantly in making this art so popular. While Madhubani is now done on cloth, paper and canvas, originally it was done in freshly plastered mud wall of huts.  Women use to pass this beautiful art from generation to generation in the Mithila region. Festivals, marriages, religious events, birth ceremony etc all witnessed the celebration through Madhubani art.

Madhubani paintings are wrapped since generations in antiquity. This style of painting originated when King Janak commissioned artists to do paintings at the time of marriage of his daughter Sita to Lord Ram as stated in the epic Ramayana.

Madhubani painting consists of natural objects like the sun, the moon, flowers, and religious plants like the Tulsi etc. Madhubani paintings generally portray scenes from the royal court and other celebrations like marriage, child birth and festivals etc. Madhubani painting usually have layers and there is a lot of intricate designing and detailing. No space is usually left empty and everything is painted so beautifully and so elaborately. Hindu deities like Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati and stories revolving this form the themes of Madhubani paintings. Geometric designs, flowers, animals and birds are found in these paintings.

Even today, Madhubani painting has remained confined to a Mithila and the skills have been passed on through generations.  The content and the style have largely remained as it is.