How to Draw Border in Madhubani Painting?

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.

If you are interested in learning Madhubani painting, do read Madhubani painting in 6 easy steps. This folk art is based on figurative motifs and bright colors which catch kids attention. Practicing this detailed art increases kids’ focus and concentration. You can teach this interesting art to kids by following this post on easy Madhubani Painting for kids.

Here I’m sharing three easy steps to draw Madhubani borders each one with a different look.

Border 1:

This is an easy half inch width Geometrical pattern border. Double lines run on inward and outward line.

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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.

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After adding colors, border looks like this. Here I have added random colors, one should add colors according to colors used in main composition.

Border 2:

Have used popular fish motif in this border. In Madhubani painting the fish is an auspicious sign for growth and prosperity.

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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.

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So here is how the border looks like after dash of color. Addition of colors makes border come alive.

Border 3:

This is one inch border with lotus motif. Lotus motif signify feminine sexuality while bamboo trees stands for masculine sex.

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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.

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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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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).

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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.

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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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