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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.


India and Art

Tuesday, April 07th, 2009 | Author:

When it comes to expressions, one needs look no further than diverse facets of Indian art. Such is the beauty and variety found in categories across Indian art. One of the best possible outcomes for any work of art is the range of interpretations made by onlookers. Indian visual art symbolizes no less than a kaleidoscopic universe. Colors of all hue and cries coalesce to make this universe beautiful. Each color can be interpreted in a different way and all the versions are likely to be correct. Endless expressions make the world of Indian art vibrant and exciting.

The wonderful range of Indian art can be witnessed across painting, handicraft to sculptures. Like inherent philosophy of India, the world of art has a life of its own. We can also say that perhaps that’s the most appropriate way to look at the mesmerizing world of art. It would be a confined approach to see the artworks as things that are only meant for hanging on the wall. No, try to see it as a celebration of life in most aesthetic way. Everything that is a part of us is manifested by work of art. Creativity does not need to be a metaphysical phenomenon rather it is best represented in simple and elementary form.

It has been said that art changes dimensions according to eras. True that! In context of Indian art that fact is one more reason to cherish the underlying coherence of Indian art. The modern Indian art or even contemporary art never ceased to be sans any tradition. The modernity and tradition has been merged effortlessly in numerous art works. The coexistence of different periods has put Indian art on a high pedestal.