Goddess Saraswati – Madhubani Painting

As per Hindi Lunar calendar, Basant Panchami or Saraswati Puja is celebrated on the fifth day of Magh Shukla. Basant panchami is also called Vasant or Shree panchami. This year it will be celebrated on 01/02/2017.

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Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge and basant panchami is celebrated as goddess Saraswati’s birthday.

In eastern parts of India especially in Bihar, Saraswati puja is celebrated with great pomp and show. Pandals are set up and statues of saraswati maa is placed and worshiped.

Chath puja is another festival celebrate with with great dedication in Bihar. Here is a madhubani painting depicting Sun God worshiping on Chath puja.

My memories of Saraswati puja

I have fond childhood memories of saraswati puja. I remember we used to had school holidays on basant panchami and we would get ready early in morning.

As kids, we used to get new sets of yellow color garments specially to be worn for saraswati puja.

Significance of yellow color on Basant Panchami

Basant panchami embarks arrival of spring. At this time of the year, yellow mustard flowers are in full bloom and nature has hue of yellow around it. I also remember special sweet saffron rice and yellow lentil curry was made for lunch on basant panchami.

We used to clean our ink pens and keep our books and stationery in front of maa saraswati and perform puja. As we were supposed to abstain from reading and writing on this day. This day was spent in total fun sans any studies. 🙂

About this Goddess Saraswati madhubani painting:

Madhubani painting is folk art of Bihar and you can read more about this art here.  In this Madhubani painting I have shown maa saraswati siting on swan holding her musical instrument veena. Goddess Saraswati is also known as veena vadini.

saraswati-veena-painting

Goddess Saraswati’s favorite color is white. Traditionally, goddess of wisdom and enlightenment is dressed in white clothes sitting on white lotus with white swan on her side.

However, Madhubani painting being all about bright colors, I have dressed saraswatiji in yellow attire with pink lotus flowers.

According to  vedas, each god has an animal or bird associated with them. Like ganesha has mouse and Krishna has peacock associated with them. In this basant panchmi Madhubani painting, I have kept Swan (maa Saraswati’s vehical) in white color with intricate colorful detailing.

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I sincerely wish Goddess Saraswati grant all of us intellect and wisdom to differentiate between good and evil.

Happy Basant Panchami to all!

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My Free Mandala Coloring Book

Mandala is no less than a meditative art, as it relaxes and rejuvenates mind. This art is so intricate that it keeps mind totally focused on what you are doing. It completely disconnects the mind from outside thoughts and helps mind to relax.  After all calm mind attracts creative and positive energy.

I believe this is the reason behind rising popularity of Mandala. You don’t have to depend on anything or anybody to keep you engaged or occupied. Just a pencil and paper and you are ready to meditate. You can read my post on how to draw Mandala in six easy steps to learn to draw intricate mandala.

However, if drawing is not your cup of tea, but still have inclination for Mandala art, do not worry! Mandala coloring book will be perfectly suitable for you.

Coloring a Mandala is so therapeutic, it reduces stress and gives calm and peace. Trust me you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated once you complete coloring. This is the reason, coloring books are so popular these days.  After all, it’s not possible for every one of us to sit and meditate with closed eyes!

Adult coloring books with intricate and inspiring patterns keep you happily occupied for hours.

So, here I’m sharing my free Mandala coloring book “Mandala Coloring Book – Meditation with Colors“. You have to just download this book (right click on the link –> “Save link as”), print it and start coloring.

Mandala Coloring Book - Meditation with Colors

Best part is, you can print it multiple times and color it as many times (with different color combinations) you want. Also, you can print in size of your choice if you want to gift to elderly people – print in large sizes for easy coloring.

I must tell you, it’s rather addictive and very engrossing once you start coloring these intricate mandalas. You won’t want to stop once you start 🙂

You can even frame this mandala after coloring and decorate your home with your personal creations. Framed colored mandalas can also be gifted to  your loved ones as a lovely personalized gift.

If you like intricate art forms, then have a look at some of my madhubani paintings. If you are interested in learning how to draw madhubani paintings read my post on Madhubani painting in 6 easy steps.

Do let me know your inputs and suggestions on this book. Your feedback will help and encourage me to create more coloring books in future.

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Madhubani Painting – Sun God Worshiping

In Hindu tradition, the Sun is the symbol of prosperity, progress, courage and overall well-being. Sun God is believed to cure serious health problems and grant long healthy life. It’s a common daily ritual to offer ‘Arghya‘ to the rising sun to seek his blessings.

So, here in this Madhubani painting I have shown the Sun and his younger wife (Chhathi Maiyaa) on the right hand side. While on the left hand side, a woman devotee is standing in water and offering Arghya.

Madhubani painiting depicting Sun worship

Just like Madhubani Painting is the most popular folk art of Bihar, Chhath Puja is the most popular festival of Bihar. It’s also celebrated in Uttar Pradesh and Mithila region of Nepal. However, these days it’s celebrated by devotees in many parts of India.

Significance of Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja is dedicated to worship of the Sun god and his wife Chhati Maiya. It’s a common belief that Sun god’s wife Chhati Maiya fulfills the wish of having child. So, devotees perform Chhath puja to thank the Sun god and his wife for fulfilling their wishes.

My memories of Chhath Puja

Having spent most of my childhood in Bihar, I have closely seen my grandmother performing this ritual. Preparations for this festival start weeks before and lot of emphasis is given on cleanliness and purity during the preparation.

There are lots of rituals – I can recall my grandmother fasting and drinking water only after offering prayers to the rising and setting Sun. During these two days, she would even restrain herself from speaking and used to guide us only through gestures. She used to stand in water, meditate and wait for sun to rise.

All family members would gather at the river bank before sunset and sunrise (the next day) to offer ‘Arghya‘ to the Sun.

This Madhubani Painting is dedicated to Sun god and Chhathi Maiyaa

As you can see I have tried to merge both Sun and his wife. I have kept minimal use of madhubani motifs to add emphasis to focal points.

Madhubani painiting Sun motif

Focal point means where you want your viewer to focus in the painting. My two focal points in this painting are the Sun and the woman devotee. Therefore, I have not created any distraction by adding motifs between these two focal points. You can see popular Madhubani motifs in this painting by me.

Repeated arches were added to create a detailed yet not distracting background. This detailed background gives depth to this other-wise simple madhubani painting. You can learn more about madhubani background here.

Madhubani Border

Border adds frame to a painting and is important part of a painting. Here I have created repeated circles in border. Using circle in border indirectly emphasize on the circular Sun. Have a look at intricate border process in this Ganesha Madhubani painting.

Madhubani painiting depicting Sun god with border

You can easily learn Madhubani painting by reading detailed step by step instructions in this post on Madhubani painting in six easy steps.  You can read more about Madhubani painting in detail in what is Madhubani painting.

Madhubani painting can be either riot of bright colors or even a black and white Madhubani painting can be stunning.

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, objective of sharing my Madhubani paintings is to help others who are keen on learning Madhubani painting. I’m myself learning each day and have fair share of flaws. However, if I can help or inspire others in their creative journey I will be most happy.

If you like intricate art forms, do have a look at how to draw mandala? If you are familiar with joys of coloring then this free printable coloring page might interest you as well. I keep on updating art related post on Bhaili.  You can subscribe to this blog for regular updates.

So, don’t forget to pour in your suggestions and feedback in comments. Your response will encourage me in this endeavor.

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How to Create a Madhubani Painting Tree Planter?

Festive season is around the corner and everyone of us are look for ideas to decorate our homes. So, what could be better choice than using simple ideas to create functional decorative pieces.

Here I’m sharing an easy process using which you can create a folk art inspired planter all by yourself. Its  eco-friendly and cost effective too. You can use any waste jar to create this beautiful tree-planter.

DIY tree planter

In this pot, I have incorporated popular motifs of Madhubani art. Madhubani painting is a popular Indian folk art and anyone can learn it. You can read my post on How to do Madhubani painting in six easy steps to learn more about techniques of this art.

Materials required to transform a plastic jar to plant pot

  • Plastic jar
  • Ceramic powder
  • Fevicol (adhesive)
  • Old piece of cotton cloth of container size
  • Painting brushes: 1 flat and one fine tip round brush
  • Acrylic colors: white, brown
  • Clear varnish
  • Water

Process

First I will explain how I have created the base for this pot from an old plastic container.

  • Clean and dry the container before proceeding with further work. Measure and cut cloth as per the size of the container.

DIY tree planter - materials

  • In a bowl take ceramic powder and Fevicol in 3:1 ratio and mix it. Add small amount of water to make a thick paste.
  • Dip the cloth in this paste and evenly spread it on container. Make sure that cloth is spread smoothly all around or else you will find it difficult to paint.

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  • Let it dry for few hours.

Coloring work

  • Now with the flat brush, apply base brown color all over. Again let it dry for 3-4 hours.

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  • Using fine tip round brush, we will now paint foreground motifs with white color. You can see more of madhubani motifs here and paint free hand as per your liking. You can even paint mandalas here if you enjoy creating mandalas. You may like to read post on how to draw mandala in six easy steps.
  • Apply 3-4 coats of clear varnish once the paint dries.

DIY tree planter

Note – Before planting any plant of your choice, do create a hole (approx 1 cm diameter) at the bottom of planter to allow water drainage.

I truly enjoy creating such small personalized home decor and gifts. You can also check how I created this personalized door nameplate and key-holder.

Adding such homemade pieces makes house our home and creates homely feeling. I hope you enjoy creating this easy planter.

Ask me if you have any doubt while creating this pot or while practicing Madhubani art. I will be most happy to help. Thanks for reading and hope to see you here again.

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Free mandala coloring page

Drawing mandala and adult coloring books with mandalas have become newfangled meditative activities. When you start coloring a mandala, you get engross in its intricate patterns, leaving behind your stress, worries and anxieties. Concentrating in mandala art sharpen your artistry and stimulate mental prosperity.

So, here I’m sharing a free printable lotus bud mandala. You can try yourself and see how effective stress-buster mandala coloring can be.

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The bud of lotus personifies potential to grow. From mud and slush blossoms a pure lotus unaffected by its surroundings. I hope coloring this lotus mandala harmonize your thoughts as it did mine while drawing it.

You can learn to draw a mandala all by yourself by reading post on how to draw mandala in 6 easy steps.  However, before you begin drawing or coloring a mandala I would suggest you familiarize yourself little bit about what is mandala?

What is a Mandala?

Being an Indian, I feel great pride in saying that the word “mandala” arrived from Sanskrit language. In Sanskrit “mandala” means circle.

Mandala is blend of geometric and organic patterns used as symbolic representation of universe. Monks in Tibetan, Buddhism and saints in Hinduism have used mandalas as aid to focus in meditation.

How Mandala has evolved?

From the basic square shape, Mandala has evolved into Mandala art. Mandala art refers to mandala design created in circular form, be it sketched, drawn or painted.  It can be on any medium – paper, canvas or any other fabric.

These days any intricate circular pattern is considered to be a mandala pattern. However a mandala pattern has a central point from where it grows into a symmetrical mandala design with repeated patterns.

Why people are connecting to Mandala art?

This is because Mandala is helps people to connect with their inner-self. Life is busy and there are so many distractions all around, and Mandala gives the piece of mind.  Drawing a Mandala act as a relaxing therapy as its intricate pattern detaches you from things around you.

You can also have a look at free printable coloring page if you are interested in free coloring page.

Drawing or coloring Mandala will work like a meditation resulting in mentally renewed and more focused you. I attain the same meditative state of mind while doing Madhubani painting and Zentangles.

So go ahead, leave behind your concerns and worries and connect with your inner self. Save this lotus Mandala image on your laptop, take a printout and start coloring using pencils or pens.

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Let your creative juices flowing. I’m sure once you color a mandala you will be looking forward to it more and more. Keep coming back I will be sharing some more intricate mandalas on this blog.

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Ganesha Madhubani Painting

Madhubani is an intricate Indian folk art and its popularity is rising with each passing day. Color combination used in this style of painting is bold and bright. However there is black and white Madhubani painting too for monochrome lovers.

Ganapati or lord Ganesha has special place in Hindu mythology. Lord Ganesha’s blessings is must before starting any ceremony, venture or an auspicious occasion.

Presence of lord Ganesha is believed to ensure success and prosperity. Thus, a Ganesha painting makes it a perfecting gifting option for any life occasion like a wedding gift or a housewarming gift.

If you are looking for a personalized housewarming gift then this handmade door nameplate is a good choice. I have even painted Ganesha on glass bottle and created intricate pattern bottle art.

So, in this post, I will share the process of drawing a Ganesha Madubani painting. Objective of sharing this Madhubani art tutorial is to help anyone who is interested in knowing more about Madhubani or Mithila art. You can read more about Madhubani in What is Madhubani?

Though the traditional process of doing this art is more elaborate, here I’m sharing the easy process I follow. Best part of any art is that there is no right or wrong method and it allows flexibility to an artist to express her/his creativity.

Stationery required for Madhubani Painting

  • One A3 size thick drawing sheet
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Waterproof black marker
  • Fine-tip round brushes (size 0, 1 and 8)
  • Color-palette
  • Poster colors
  • Ruler

Process for Madhubani Painting

Start with basic layout of the painting with pencil drawing of Ganesha. Here in this painting central character is Ganapati and I wanted the focus to remain on Ganpati only. So, I have used minimum supporting motifs.

After the initial sketch of Ganapati, I added the finer details directly with waterproof fine tip black marker pen.

Ganpati-drawing

After completing the sketching details, it’s the turn of background. However, before moving on background, first understand the importance of Border in a Madhubani painting.

Border in Madhubani Painting

Border in Madhuban painting has an important place and you can learn how I mark guidelines for border in this easy elephant Madhubani painting.

After marking, I start with the border drawing. First draw the margins to distribute the space evenly. After marking I got judgment that ½ inches repeated motifs can be made. So, I made approximately 1/2 inch flower-shaped motifs with pencil. As it’s Ganesha painting, flower motifs blended well (image 1 below)

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After completing the pencil work, make it permanent with waterproof black marker (image 2 above).

Then I divided each flower motifs vertically along their center. Right half was left for coloring while in the left half I drew fine slanting lines to fill the space (image 3).

After completing the sketch work, it was time to fill colors in the border. Choice of green, blue and orange color became obvious as it would just brighten up the painting (images 4 and 5).

Background of Madhubani Painting

With the help of pencil, I drew intertwining curves all over the background. Then washed the whole background area with the blue color using round brush of size 8 (image 1).

Madubani-painting-background

With the help of round brush (size 1), then filled the inside of curves with darker shades of blue. Two shades of blue color have been used for filling the inside of curves. With fine tip round brush (0 size), to add prominence, outlined the boundary of curves with black color (image2).

I enjoyed creating detailed background in this Radha-Krishna Madhubani painting.

Ganapati in Madhubani

After the background detailing, it was time to infuse colors in Ganapati. Burst of colors makes any painting come alive. Color combination plays very important role in any painting. No matter how good your drawing is, if choice of colors is not good it can kill a beautiful art work.

So, this is how this Ganapati madhubani painting looks like after all the detailing and coloring work.

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Fine detailing is the real beauty of this art work. And to be honest, these type of Madhubani paintings in your home can elevate your decors’ folk appeal too.

Even I’m discovering this art form and enjoying this learning process. In this digital age it’s so accessible to study the works of great artists. I am particularly fond of paintings of Bharti Dayal and Vidushini Prasad, their work speaks of fine art and their effort and contribution Madhubani art is exemplary.

I hope you had good time reading this post and it inspired you to try Madhubani painting. Even if one person starts Madhuabni painting after reading this post my purpose of writing this post gets fulfilled.

If you like intricate art forms, do have a look at how to draw mandala? If you are familiar with joys of coloring then this free printable coloring page might interest you as well. I keep on updating art related post on Bhaili.  You can subscribe to this blog for regular updates.

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Easy Madhubani Painting for kids

Madhubani painting is an intricate Indian folk art. Just like drawing mandala, Madhubani art requires concentration and good command over hand movement. Exposing kids to Madubani art helps developing their concentration and hand eye coordination. Since this art form has minute detailing it’s more suitable for kids above 7 years.

Actually, any form of art makes kids focused and keeps them engrossed in it for longer time. Your child will no longer be glued to television or mobile but happily creating colorful art. That’s what we moms want, kids occupied in doing something creative and meaningful.

Children can also learn to draw mandala by following this tutorial for easy mandala drawing in six easy steps.

So here I’m sharing how kids or any beginner can easily start with a simple Madhubani painting. However, if you have basic idea of Madhubani and want to create a Madhubani painting with more detailing, you can read my post about Madhubani painting in six easy steps.

Also, before you start drawing a Madhubani painting, I would suggest you to get yourself familiarized with background of Madhubani painting by reading what is Madhubani painting.

So here is the list of stationary required:

  • One A3 size thick drawing sheet
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Waterproof black marker
  • Fine-tip round brushes
  • Color-palette
  • Poster colors
  • Ruler

Process

  • Border

We start with making guidelines for border. Leave around ½ inch space for framing and draw border boundary of ½ inch width (image 1).

Kids Madhubani Border

Now divide the whole border in blocks of ½ inch width, and draw slanting curves in each square (image 2).

The lower part of square will be colored while I have drawn vertical lines in upper part (image 3).

  • Elephant:

Each Madubani painting has a central character or a theme. Here, elephant is the central character with trees, birds, and Sun being the supporting cast.

Every art form gives a liberty to present it in your personal style keeping its characteristics in mind. Likewise, this elephant can be done in numerous ways in Madubani style. Here I’m showing how I did it.

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Start with elephant’s head and make heart like shape. Move your hand downwards forming a circular motion giving shape to elephant’s trunk. Then make ear and tusk, make sure to show tusk overlapping elephant’s trunk.

madhubani-elephant

Starting from ear, I sketched elephant’s huge body. It’s important that all four legs look similar. Proportion of body parts cannot be overlooked – one leg broad and other thin will look funny not artistic!

  • Sun

This is simplest of all Madhubani motifs and children can draw this by themselves.

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Make a circle and add a smaller circle inside it. Make alternate big and small wavy lines depicting sun.

  • Tree

I have drawn two trees on both sides of the page. On the right side, one big half tree is shown while on left small complete tree is visible.

Make the tree trunk first and then add branches and leaves.

Madhubani-tree-drawing

You can spread the leaves in random order and can choose shape of your choice. Here I have kept teardrop-shaped leaves as it’s easy for kids to draw as compared to pointed tip leaves. After sketching leaves add birds too. Such detailing is the beauty of Madhubani painting.

Madhubani-tree-drawing

After completing big tree I drew other one on the left side too.

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Double-lining

So the basic sketch of Madhubani painting has taken shape. Now we need to add double-lines all over and give fine detailing too. So, with the help of waterproof black marker pen we proceed to do so.

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Double-lining

Note – In Madhubani painting mostly side view is shown, hence only one eye and single tusk of the elephant is shown here.

Isn’t it looking beautiful? Black and white Madhubani painting has its own artistic charm. I’m sure you will agree after having a look at easy black and white Madhubani painting.

Coloring

First decide the background color. Background color will have an effect on all the other colors you choose in a painting.

Choosing colors to fill in a Madhubani painting is easy. As most of the motifs are organic and are associated with objects in nature like sun, leaves, trees, fish, animals. So you choose the obvious colors. Like, you will color sun in either red or bright orange and leaves will be obviously painted green.

Coloring has its own joys, it’s healing and therapeutic. Download this free printable coloring page and start coloring to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

I selected blue color for background and grey color elephant looked best. You can experiment with colors of your choice.

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Fill colors in rest of the painting like brown tree trunk and green leaves. Bright orange sun stands out against blue background. This is how the final painting will looks like after coloring.

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It’s so easy and fun to do a Madhubani painting. I hope this post was helpful and encourage your kid to try Madhubani painting. Feel free to ask me questions in case of any doubt.

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How to Draw a Mandala in 6 Easy Steps?

Drawing a mandala is just like meditation – so relaxing and rejuvenating. Creating a mandala layer by layer is so fascinating and intriguing.

Mandala is a combination of repeated geometrical and organic patterns.  You can choose any shape and detailing of choice. Just keep in mind that while drawing mandala maintain symmetry of patterns.

I know one can get intimidated by seeing a mandala and may find it difficult to draw a mandala pattern. However, trust me if you know the process, it’s quite easy. No special training is required to draw a mandala.

It can be drawn on any medium (like paper or canvas), along with basic stationery requirement.  So, in this post I am going to show the flower mandala I drew on a thick A4 size white sheet.

Stationary required:

  • 1 white A4 sheet
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Fine tip pens (I have used 0.7 and .10 tip-size pens)
  • Circle stencils (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Coloring pencils (as I’m sure you would be tempted to add color to mandala you have drawn)

Process

Step – 1

First divide the sheet horizontally and vertically along the center. This gives perfectly symmetrical and consistent drawing.

With the help of compass or circle-stencil make 3 concentric circles (circles with common center) for reference. Center of circles must coincide with the intersection point of lines drawn in previous step. As you can see, this will divide each circle into four equal parts.

Essence of Mandala art lies in different intricate patterns drawn inside concentric circles.

Step – 2

I started by filling the area between inner-most and middle circles first. Here, I have drawn a flower with ten petals.

How to draw mandala - step 3

I first drew top and bottom petals along the vertical dividing line with the line bisecting both the petals. This will help you in figuring out the exact space left in each quadrant. In this drawing, space for just two petals was left in each quadrant. So, I filled the space with two more petals in each quadrant.

Tip – Dividing the page helps in better allocation of space and gives a perfect symmetrical drawing with less effort and rework.

Step – 4

Next, I added four pairs (one inside each) of petals (with vertical and horizontal guiding lines bisecting them) between the outermost and middle circles. Then I filled empty spaces in each of the four inner petals with three teardrops.

How to draw mandala - step 4

Step – 5

Let’s proceed to the next outer layer. In this layer, I added eight quartets (one inside each other) of petals.

How to draw mandala - step 5

Again follow the same rule. First draw outermost petals in each quadrant to get a judgment of available space. For this I first drew three petals but it looked too cramped, so I went ahead with only two petals. Since two looked fine, drew similarly in remaining quadrants too.

Tip – While drawing repetitive patterns (with bigger shape containing the next similar smaller shape), always draw outermost shape first and then the next inner one. This saves time and effort on repeated work.

For example, if you go the other way, i.e. draw the inner shape first and if not enough space is left for next outer shape, then lot of rework may be required. So, always start with the biggest size and then proceed to next smaller inside shape.

I always follow this technique even while drawing intricate Indian folk art, like Madhubani painting.

Step – 6

In the last layer of this beautiful mandala, I drew eight petals. An eight-petal lotus mandala is considered sacred in many cultures (like Hinduism and Buddhism). If you do some research on flower mandala, you will come to know how common eight-petal pattern is.

How to draw mandala - step 6

Here also, follow the same process of first drawing four petals on dividing line. This will give you a fair idea that only one petal can be adjusted in the space remaining. Then add the further detailing inside each petal.

Step – 7

After completing with mandala drawing, make it permanent with a fine-tip black pen. You can even use sketch pen or any marker pen for the same. After completion of pen work, erase the pencil lines. Finished mandala will look like this.

How to draw mandala - step 7

You can leave at this point, but how about coloring it? 🙂

How to color a Mandala?

There is no such rule on how to color a mandala. Just follow your heart! Drawing requires brain and heart, while coloring is just the work from heart. It’s often said, colors filled in a mandala reflect your state of mind.

Colored Mandala

In happy state obviously your hand will reach for brighter colors (like red, yellow and orange colors). While in peaceful and calm state you may reach for shades of blue and green.

I’m so used to adding bright colors in madhubani paintings, have colored this mandala too in bright color combination. Have a look at this colorful Ganesha madhubani painting.

So, color it the way you want. After all, you have created it with so much effort. You can even take multiple copies of the mandala you have drawn, and fill each of them with different color combinations.

I sincerely hope this tutorial was helpful to you. You may also like to read how to make a personalized name-plate.

In case of any doubt or confusion feel free to ask me, I will be more than happy to help you. Your question will also help others trying to draw a mandala. If you think something more needs to be added here please do let me know.

From here you can start creating your own mandalas and may be some day I will see your mandala coloring books. 🙂

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Easy Black and white Madhubani Paintings

Madhubani painting is one of the popular styles of Indian folk paintings. Every region in India has its own folk art with Madhubani painting originating from Bihar. You can read more about Madhubani paintings in what is Madhubani.

One of the objectives of this post is to help anyone who is interested in Madhubani art. It was readers’ interest in mono-color Madhubani paintings that encouraged me to share my black and white Madhubani Painting.

Madhubani painting takes time and needs practice to master it. In short, there are no shortcuts. I have not taken any formal training in this art, but learned by practicing and observing others great artists work. So, all you need is lots of practice.

You can learn the basics of Madhubani painting by going through easy madhubani painting for kids. if you have basic idea of Madhubani and want to create a Madhubani painting with more detailing, you can read my post about How to draw Madhubani painting in 6 easy steps.

Stationary required for black and white Madhubani Painting

  • Hand-made sheet/thick drawing sheet
  • Pencil
  • Black marker pen
  • Fine-tip black pen
  • Black poster color
  • Fine-tip round brush
  • Tracing sheet

Process for black and white Madhubani Painting

  • I divided the drawing sheet in four equal parts and sketched a guideline with pencil on one part. Traditionally, skilled Madhubani artists worked directly with brush and nib. Their free-flowing hands didn’t required pencil guidelines.
  • I then copied the same design on tracing paper and then traced it on all 3 parts. Tracing helped in achieving uniformity in all four parts of the painting.
  • After finishing the tracing work with pencil, I proceeded to make outline with black marker.
  • With the fine-tip pen, made the inner outline. If you notice, there is double line throughout the painting. Double line is one of the main characteristics of Madhubani Painting.

madhubani-painting-process

  • With the help of fine-tip black pen, I did intricate detailing in foreground and background.
  • In the last step, I used black poster color and fine-tip round brush to fill in black color.

Fish in Madhubani style

Art gives you lots of liberty to experiment and develop your own style. There are number of ways using which you can make a madhubani fish. If you observe here I have created five different kinds of fish, each with different detailing.

Fish-in-madhubaniBackground of Madhubani Paintings:

I’m often asked what one should observe in madhubani paintings? My answer is to look for detailing and intricate pattern which makes this folk art more treasured.

Even the background plays important role in Madhubani paintings. No space is left blank. Every inch is filled with fine lines.  I have incorporated petal shapes (as shown in image #1) to fill the background. Whereas, to fill small negative space in between used the repeated pattern of fine curved lines (as shown in image #2).

Madhubani-background-detailingPeacock in Madhubani

Initially, I thought to create black and white Madhubani fish painting. However, when I started sketching, love for peacock couldn’t stop me from drawing Madhubani peacocks. 🙂

madhubani-peacockRole of border in Madhubani painting

Border is essential in Madhubani painting. It gives a complete look to painting. You can use any repeated pattern of curves to form a border. Here, I have used lotus motif in all four corners and in center. Then completed the border with repeated flowing curve patterns.

border-for-madhubaniSo here is the how my completed black and white Madhubani painting looks like.

easy-madhubani-paintingIf you are attracted towards intricate art forms I’m sure you would like to  draw mandala by following this tutorial for easy mandala drawing in six easy steps. If drawing is not your forte and you enjoy coloring than why not try this free printable coloring page.

Pour in your questions on Madhubani paintings. I would be more than happy to help and it would be learning process for me too.

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Kids Craft Idea – Key-holder

Keeping kids busy is a necessity and what could be better than keeping them occupied in doing something creative. Naturally, all kids are creative and they love creating something. They also enjoy seeing their creation displayed.

Therefore, a key-holder is a wonderful craft idea for kids, because it can be a nice household utility as well. So, in this post I’ll explain the procedure to make a key-holder that even your can make.

Key holder

Things required

  • Hard-board (or thin ply-board of 2mm-3mm thickness) cut-out
  • Hooks for holding keys
  • White M-Seal used for art and craft
  • Acrylic color
  • Baby talc
  • Adhesive (Fevicol)
  • Bowl to make paste
  • Fork
  • Coloring brush
  • Varnish
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife/cutter
  • Water
  • Rough cloth

Process

  • You can use hard-board of any size. I had this rectangular piece with me, so went ahead with it. You can get different (shapes and designs) hard-board cutouts at any art and craft store.  I opted for ‘Om’ symbol because it blended well, and fixed it (with nails) to rectangular hardboard piece.

Key holder hardboard cutout

  • Screw-in the hooks at appropriate position (as shown in above image). My husband helped me in this task. You can get these screws at any hardware store and get it fixed there.
  • Now the fun part for kids begins. First you’ll need adhesive and baby talc.

Key holder adhesive and talc

  • Mix 2 tbsp talc and approx 1 tbsp adhesive (e.g. Fevicol) to make a thick paste. Add just few drop of water to dilute this paste. Spread this paste all over the hard-board. Let it dry slightly for around 10 minutes and then create textures with help of a fork. Ask your child to make any random pattern or texture. Leave it overnight drying.

Key holder base coating

  • You can get white M-seal (used for art and craft work) from any craft store. In India, it’s popularly known as Shilpkar (from Fevicryl). To use Shilpkar, mix the resin base and hardener in equal proportion to form even dough. Sprinkle little amount talcum powder on hands to avoid sticking.

Key holder white mseal

  • Switch-off the fan while working with M-Seal because it hardens very quickly. Additionally keep it covered under its wrapper to protect it from drying. Kids do take time to make shapes from it.
  • With the help of rolling-pin, roll out some dough. Use knife/cutter to cut out one square and triangle shape from it.

Key holder dough-work

  • Apply some glue and stick the shapes on board to make a hut. You can get your your kid to add further detailing using the same dough. To form border, dough is now shaped like long tail and pasted on edges of board with the help of glue.

Key holder dough-work

  • After completing the m-seal work, let it to dry for approximately 2 hours. IF you are intrested in m-seal craft have a look at personalized nameplate.
  • Next is coloring stage which kids are really excited about. First, color the background and then proceed to fill color in foreground. Add detailing (keeping in mind kids’ comfort) with a small brush. In this project, detailing was added in the hut.

Key holder coloring-work

  • Leave it to completely dry for 10-12 hours and then apply varnish. Varnish works as a shield from wear and tear. With a coating of varnish, you can also clean it regularly with moist cloth.

Key holder varnishing

So, the key holder is finally complete and can be used to hang keys. Your child will be glad to see his/her creation being used for such a wonderful purpose.

If you like recycling and gifting personalized gifts you will surly like to know how I painted these glass bottles and turned them into vases.

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