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)

border-madhubani-art

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.

Ganesha Madhubani Painting1

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 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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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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