Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Technique of making Madhubani Paintings

Method


It is a very simple art form of painting. You Don’t need any specialized knowledge but just a creative mind and artistic flair.. So go ahead

Materials Required


•Cloth/Handmade paper

•Trace paper

•Fabric colours(for cloth)
•Poster colours (for paper)

•Black outliner

•Carbon sheet


So let’s start

Step 1:
Choose a design

Step 2:
First draw the required pattern on the trace paper and copy the design into the cloth/paper using carbon sheet.

Step3:
If using Cloth Paint using fabric colours and let it dry well.
Use Poster colours for paper.The colours are applied flat with no shading. There is normally a double line drawn for the outlines, with the gap between the lines filled by cross or straight tiny lines. In the linear painting, no colours are applied. Only the outlines are drawn.

Step4:
Draw outlines using the black colour and again leave it to dry for 24 hours.

If applying on cloth iron on the back side of the cloth.



courtsey Arty Zen.
Artistic handfan painted in Madhubani style.



Rajshree Pathy's home featured in 2004 issue of Design Today.. Madhubani can add magic to your homes
Courtsey-Rang Decor


Tips and tricks


1Choose a design that is colourful !It is often seen that tradionally there are only basic colours used like orange , green and red but you can add colurs like pink, purple, blue to make it more attractive.

2- Choose a design that it is easy to make.
The design pattern should be simple and clear !

3-Trace the desin well.
If you do not trace it well ,you will definety find yourself in trouble later. You can make improvements in designs like changing the features of face, as it generally seen features in Madhubani are not sharp.

4-Choose a theme.
If you are making more than one painting than choose a theme eg.Krishna because each painting has certain meaning or situation

5-Don't limit youself .
If you don't want a painting then you can always make a bookmark, card or table mats with Madhubani and laminate them.

Add beautiful Border .
Make sure you have a border . It will add new dimensions to your painting

If you are looking for designsfor Madhubani painting , Do have the look at sidebar to find the links . Please I strongly recommend them ...
If you have an Interest to learn Indian art check out

Paintings of India

So go ahead and show your hidden creative skills .Do post your comments and share your ideas about Madhubani paintings / Mithila paintings on the sidebar on the tag board.For any other queries please feel free to email me.

67 comments:

Megha said...

Hey,
This is an awesome site for starters like me. And a great idea for creating and encouraging new talent in the country.

MEGHA

charu said...

ya that was quite a simplified version...maybe a coat of boiled cowdung initially will make it more authentic.

Thoughtfactory said...

Thanks Megha...I am glad you liked it

Thoughtfactory said...

@ Charu
Yes, have made it a little simplified according to modern day trends... traditionally it is done with rice mixture on a wall coated with cowdung.. But you can imagine the smell:-)

monika said...

can u teach me madhubani painting

monika said...

can u teach me madhubani painting

thought said...

@monika
Sorry I dont take classes but you can follow the method and give it a try. If you have any doubt you are most wrlcome to ask me.. Its really simple... to start with mke a small card or bookmark, u have links for designs in the sidebar of the blog

Clare said...

Hi
I really like your blog and I wanna learn Indian art. Yet I got one question..
Is the black outliner like "tube colour" for glass painting or coal pen ?
I have no idea about the outliner. Could u provide some information?
Thank u so much~

Clare

Rashi said...

HEY FREND... only today i came across your blog. you are amazing. iwent thru madhubani / tanjore / warli ... all are amazing. you are doing a superb job. I have learnt a lot from your site. thank you so much for sharing. please keep posting more. i feel suddenly enriched as an artist. thanks, rashi

Gayathri said...

Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful painting. Great work !! You have inspired me to try this art. Could you kindly post a few more links for the drawing outlines for starters like me? Thank you very much !
-- Gayathri

GeethaSathiyaN said...

Hi buddy,
I've been searching for madhubani painting tutorials,but now i'm over joyed after seeing this bog.Ohh u r doing awesome job.That too for beginners like me,it is really a gr8 gift.Thanks.Keep going.

GeethaSathiyaN said...

Hi friend,

I have a doubt,if i do madhubani painting on cloth,what type of cloth i should choose?Like cotton,gaada?

Also before start painting on cloth,should it be washed and ironed?

Please do solve my doubts.Thanx.

thought said...

Hi Clare. If you are making madhubani on a paper then you can use a black skethpen or a pilot pen. Well if you are making on a cloth try using a black fabric paint with the hep of a brush

thought said...

Thanks Gayatri and Rashi for all your encouragement

thought said...

Hi Geeta ,
You can choose a silk piece or khadi cloth. I have myself made few Madhubanis on silk . Well you must wash the cloth. But only dip it in water and don't rinse .Iron the cloth well.

Kislay said...

Hi I liked your Blog. I am promoting mithila paintings and for this purpose developed a website. it would be great if you could contribute for this site www.mithilapaintings.com

Neha said...

Which Outliner is used for madhubani paintings on handmade paper?

rituverma said...

The method is really gr8 and simple.can anybody help me out that how can i find design to make painting.

Isha said...

Hi, Appreciate the Madhubani Painting Technique. Thanks.

Indu said...

Hi! i really liked yr. blog. u r doing superb job by giving yr. precious ideas bout madhubani painting.thanks unlimited.

Kislay said...
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Kislay said...
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Kislay said...

Hi,

Thanks a lot for writing the article on my site www.mithilapaintings.com

Looking forward to have some more from you..

If possible could you please add my website link on ur blog page under 'Useful sites and link for Madhubani designs' Section.

Warm Regards
Kislay

monika said...

i have seen lots of sites of madhubani....but this one is the best.i impressed with the details given here for how to start madhubani's.i hv'nt seen such a easy method anywhere..thnks for given me such a easy method.

nIrAnJaNa said...

Great stuff! I love the way you've put this site together...

artemis said...

Awesome site!
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Aditi said...

....i want to paint my room wall.....its frshly plastered....i'm a biotechnologist wid a artistic heart...so,.
can u teach me madhubani!!!

CrazyLassi said...

Hey, I don't know if you still check the comments (last comment almost 3 years ago). Thanks for explaining the method of Madhubani paintings. It's my favorite genre of Indian art and I like drawing childish/primitive way. I'll definitely give it a try.

lalitha said...

It was Great Learning Madhubani painting..........U guys are realy doing good job...keep going.
thanks a lot.


Lalitha srinivas

kiara said...

dat was a delight and bcause of you i was able to make my own madhubani painting exhibition it was a great successs............I also sold some them and you know the best part of it i earned 17000 rs.. from it i bout myself great new things

Swati said...

HI.. thanks a lot for teaching this to us... specially the beginers.. I was planning to find someone who can teach me , but I dnt think I need any one now... Just one question.. Is there a special outliner pen or something that you get for this, in case you want to do it on paper.. If so please let me know what do we tell the shopkeeper for the outliner.. regards

GeethuSathiyaN said...

Hi Swati,yes tis is really awesome,even i did a painting on my own after reading these instructions,and ofcourse the painting came out very well.Ans to ur Q:u will get a special pen in all stationeries ask for "ROTRING ISOGRAPH PEN".This comes in various nib sizes,i feel .40 size suits well.Use hand made paper if u r planning to do on paper,"faded sandal,half white,yellowish cream" color papers suit well for madhubani than usual white.hope these infos r useful!!cheers :)

Swati said...

Hey Geetu.. thanks a ton for your help :)... I am actually planning to make one soon... Will share with you guys too once I make it...

Keep sharing anymore info if you feel will come handy when I make the paining...

Cheers!

Neha said...

Hi Dear,
thnx for the beautiful blog for the starters like me. I've done painting but not madhubani yet, but now m going to start one n as u said will start wid some cards or so.
thanx for such a simpified method will soon send u card through mail.
Neha :)

sandhya said...

HI friend,
Thanks for the tutorial,I have a question where can i get handmade paper. I searched in chennai when im on vacation but could not get it.. Is it possible to tell me where to get handmade paperr...
Thank you...

GeethuSathiyaN said...

Hi Sandhya,

Handmade papers r available in all stationery shops n big paper marts.If u r in chennai,then t.nagar,parry corner is the best place to find it.Otherwise search for nearest stationary store in google,u will find some for sure.If u get a chance to come to bangalore,then "staples" is the right choice :) all the best!!

sandhya said...

Thanks Githu,
One more qust.. Is it okay if I paint with acrylic or fabric paint on handmade paper?

GeethuSathiyaN said...

Hi Sandhya,
Acrylic / poster color is good.I'm not sure about fabric colors on handmade paper.Only draw back with acrylic is,it will dry very quickly so mixing has to be done in small portions.Draw back with poster color is u wont get good shades of colors when u mix colors,but a very good one to paint.I 've tried it once with posters.My next one is gonna be with acrylics :)a bigggg project.BTW i'm not githu,its geethu thanks!!

sandhya said...

sorry Geethu. Where can i get trace for madhubani painting... so u gona free hand ur big project....
goodluck with ur project...Thanks...

Hema Bhure said...

Hi, may i use the theme like draupadi vastraharan for madhubani paintings?

vall said...

Hi,
such wonderful post n easy steps to do a painting,im interested so much in madhubani painting will do one n post u a copy.wish me luck .n pls keep on the good job.


Valsala

sneha said...

hi,i like your site very much.can iuse chartpaper to made madhubani painting.which colour(for paper) is best for do painting

Sneha said...

Wonderful site. I am inspired to learn Madhubani painting now. Can you suggest a few simple paintings to begin with for beginners like me?

k.madhavi said...

hi I am madhavi. I have seen ur Madhubhani Paintings they are awesome.I want to try it,can u tell me where do we get blackoutliner. My mail id is kvmadhavi.73@gmail.com. Please thank u. Madhavi

Unknown said...

Hey Hi,

Very very awesome,I have looking for such a beautiful and easy reference site for Madhubani paintings.
Thanks but where can i get pictures to trace...

GeethuSathiyaN said...

Hi,never ever do tracing for madhubani..i too tried to trace once,but it didnt look nice at all,then i myself tried freehand and it came out very well...do select a theme(say like parrots on tree,or peacocks beneath the tree etc..) and go ahead...all the best1!

GeethuSathiyaN said...

@K.Madhavi:Ask for isograph pen with permanent ink(pen usually used for engineering drawings) at any good stationery store.Or go for good water proof gel pen,one of my friend use gel pen only for paintings and has good results...all the best!!

Sharmila Rao said...

Thanks a lot for the info, I have just signed for a workshopa

Nive said...

Lovely blog for beginners !!!!Where can i find Madhubani designs???

my paintings said...

Hi Friend
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.. I am going to do a exhibition for special children. They are going to make madhubani paintings and warli paintings. May I suggest them your designs with little bit of alterations. it will help the children. If paintings sell part of money will go to the special children...warm regards Mrinalini

sakshi said...

plz tell me black out line kis se kare

sakshi said...

koi bhi cloth use kar sakte hai aur koi bhi handemade sheet use kar sakte hai kya

abhishek said...
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Aashi Kumar said...

I am a huge fan of Madhubani paintings and the techniques you provided in your blog are very simple, clear and precise even a child can try these ideas at home.

I love Artistic handfan painted in Madhubani style very much.

One other wonderful site that inspired me very much is http://handicraft.indiamart.com/products/paintings/madhubani-mithila.html

Grishma Shah said...

HI,

DO u teach mithila art?

RIA BANERJEE said...

Thanks for your guidance about madhuboni paintings. This is very simple to learn how to do the painting, for beginners like me.

muskan said...

hello..
i wanna ask that first we need to paint and then we will do outlining ..am i right!!!! please tell..thnks

CrazyLassi said...

First they do outlines, then painting but when on fabric, first painting and then - outlines.

GSMK said...

thank u... vry mch for ur kind instruction.....it was really helpful......
keep posting..........

Unknown said...

thanx for the tutorial...check this art blog I am sure it will interest you:

artwarming.wordpress.com

ANKIT JHA said...

Mithila Paintings are one of the classical and ancient forms of Indian art. And the amazing fact about these paintings is that they are done using natural colours. I mean, hats off to the artists who put in their a lot of effort and soul. You can get original Madhubani Paintings at eMithilaHaat

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Shama said...

Hi! Can you tell me what are the colors used to paint on the saree
Also how are the double lines drawn with brush

MANILAL AHEIBAM said...

Yes, this also a creative painting featuring with bright colours on decorative patterns of shapes.The paintings merely show Madhubani painters' love of bright colours to the people of world.
Thank you for reading!

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