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
- 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.
- 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.
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).
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. 🙂
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.
If 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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