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Madhubani Painting

Amirta R
03.10.20 06:58 AM Comment(s)

About Madhubani paintings

Madhubani art (or Mithila painting) is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent. This painting is done with a variety of tools, including fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks and using natural dyes and pigments. It is characterised by its eye-catching geometrical patterns.

Madhubani paintings mostly depict people and their association with nature and scenes and deities from the ancient epics. Natural objects like the sun, the moon, animals and religious plants like tulsi are also widely painted, along with scenes from the royal court and social events like weddings. 

In this tutorial, modern materials are used to create madhubani painting. (Video tutorial below)

Materials Required

    • Thick white cardboard/Canvas, 
    • Pencil, 
    • Permanent markers,
    • Compass,
    • Scale/Ruler, 
    • Black gel pen

How to create Madhubani painting?

    1. How to draw?

For beginner, have a reference painting before starting to draw your first madhubani painting. The designs are symmetrical, so mark a point or draw line from centre as guide. Small details can be added later in the board directly.

2. Tracing the outline

Shade other side of paper with pencil completely. Now keep the paper over board and draw over outline.

3. How to colour?

Colour one section and one colour at a time. Begin colouring from centre.

4. Adding details/Outline

Use black gel pen to outline and add details.

5. Finishing

fill in empty spaces with madhubani motifs. This gives completed look to the painting.

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