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.

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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.

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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.

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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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What is Madhubani Painting?

Madhubani is an internationally acclaimed folk art from state of Bihar in India. It’s an art form that was traditionally passed on from one generation to another like family secrets. Its intricate beauty attracts art lovers towards it.

The minute detailing and thrill of filling bright colors in small spaces makes me paint something new in Madhubani. Just the other day I was painting Madhubani and one of my Bhaili (friend) dropped by.

She liked this style of painting and showed eagerness to know more about Madhubani painting and from where I have learned it.

My dear friend didn’t knew that my home town is Bhagalpur in Bihar and that meant seeing live Madhubani painting all around me from childhood. She got curious and wanted to know more about it. My friends herself draws beautiful mandalas. If you are interested in learning how to draw mandalas do read mandala drawing in six easy steps.

So, I thought why not share with you our conversation on Madhubani. This must help you getting basic idea about this form of art. Following are the excerpts of our conversation.

My friend: How this art got its name and its history?

Me: Madhubani is a district in North Bihar, and this art form is widely practiced in this region hence the name. It’s also believed that King Janak of Mithila commissioned artisans to paint on daughter Sita’s marriage with Ram. Mithila is birthplace of Sita, therefore this style is also called Mithila Paintings.

My friend: What are peculiar characteristics of Madhubani painting?

Me: Bold colors and larger than life abstract figures of deities form the central theme of Madhubani paintings. Normally Gods and Goddesses – like Ram and Sita, Krishna and Radha, Shiv and Parvati, Ganesh, Goddess Durga.

Faces of the figures have protruding eyes and pointed nose. Nature inspired motifs like lotus, sun and animal motifs like Peacock, fish, turtle and elephant are popular. Originally, it was done on walls with available natural colors. These days it’s done on hand-made sheets with water-based colors or on silk fabric with acrylic colors.

Have a look at couple of my Madhubani works on hand-made paper:

Radha-Krishna Madhubani Painting
Radha-Krishna
Radha-Krishna Madhubani Painting
Radha-Krishna

If you are fond of mono color paintings. Have a look at one of mine black and white madhubani painting.

My friend: Can I learn it?

Me: Yes one can learn it but since it’s an intricate art form and done free hand, concentration and patience is needed to practice it. I have shown steps for drawing this art form in 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 Madhubani painting in 6 easy steps.

My friend: That’s fascinating! Tell me more.

Me: On observation you will notice double lines all over, differentiating foreground from background and creating depth in design. Double line border is made to highlight the main painting, it can be geometrical design or flora or fauna inspired motifs. In absence of double line the painting can be called Madhubani inspired art not original Madhubani art.

My friend: What are different styles in Madhubani Painting?

Me: Different styles of Madhubani painting can be broadly categorized as Bharni, Kachni, Geru, Tantric, Gobar, and Godana.

My Friend: Great when can I learn from you?

Me: When I take next workshop on Madhubani. 🙂

Feel free to ask me any questions related to this popular art.

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