Border makes any painting look complete. They add depth within the composition, working as a frame for a painting. Often borders point inwards to the painting, establishing the viewer’s eye on the subject.
In Madhubani Painting, borders play important role. They expand upon the essence of the painting they are surrounded. It can be said, they are additional space to depict symbols related to the main Madhubani painting. You can consider border as footnotes that contain additional information supporting the main text.
Key features of Madhubani painting borders:
- Borders are done with double lines.
- Border surround the painting with unbroken continuity.
- Borders can have linear patterns, asymmetric swirling motifs, scrolling lines and geometrical motifs.
- Figurative natural motifs used in borders are fish, lotus, sun, abstract peacock, and parrot to name few. While geometrical motifs used are triangle, circle, semi-circle and square.
- Borders can be simply drawn in black or only single color can be added. Colors in border are added keeping in mind the colors used in painting. Colors in border can be complimentary or contrasting in nature.
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Here I’m sharing three easy steps to draw Madhubani borders each one with a different look.
This is an easy half inch width Geometrical pattern border. Double lines run on inward and outward line.
Step 1: As you can see in the first image, I have drawn free-hand continuous semi-circles of same sizes. Added double line to the semicircle.
Step 2: Drawn same pattern on inside boundary. Added circles with double line.
Step 3: Lastly filled the space between circle with lines. These lines add spatial depth to this simple border.
After adding colors, border looks like this. Here I have added random colors, one should add colors according to colors used in main composition.
Have used popular fish motif in this border. In Madhubani painting the fish is an auspicious sign for growth and prosperity.
Step 1: Space out fish through-out the border at approximately equal distance.
Step 2: To add detailing in fish, I have made check pattern. Check pattern consists of crossed horizontal and vertical lines forming several squares.
Step 3: Filled the alternate squares with black ink to make check pattern more intricate. In the space between fish, I have added swirls and small circles.
So here is how the border looks like after dash of color. Addition of colors makes border come alive.
This is one inch border with lotus motif. Lotus motif signify feminine sexuality while bamboo trees stands for masculine sex.
Step 1: Have drawn lotus at equal distance. Lotus are lined up with upright and downward sequence. Draw the double line in lotus.
Step 2: Make detailing inside lotus and filled the negative space between lotuses with an ornate motif.
Step 3: Have added turquoise blue color which in madhubani painting symbolizes sky and the water. Pink is used in lotus being its obvious color and also works as contrasting color to turquoise blue.
Things to remember:
- Borders support the painting but one should keep in mind to not make borders too profound that they overwhelm the central theme.
- Border is supporting artist so should not steal the beauty of central characters.
You must have got an idea that border adds amazing effect on a painting. Try and practice different forms and motifs in border. Try the effects that border can add to your own creations.
I have shared here what I’m learning each day by practicing and observing Madhubani painting. Hope this post helps you in your quest of learning this beautiful art form.
Keep practicing, keep learning!
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