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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Madhubani Painting in 6 Easy Steps

I have learned a lot by observing other artists’ works. Some live works while some other through different media. I strongly believe that in this Google age one can learn anything and everything if one is really determined to learn, because there are lot of generous people sharing their knowledge and skill over internet.

I used to wonder what makes these wonderful people take so much effort and share their learnings? Now I realize what made them do so. There aim is to help others so that interested people can learn.

It’s the same reason why I wanted to write this post. So that I can pass on the help I received when I started painting and wanted to learn in any way possible.

I am still learning each day as I continue to paint. However, I feel I can still share what I have learned over the period of time. Therefore, thought came that why not write a post to share my knowledge on how to do Madhubani painting.

I have completed this Madhubani painting of Radhe-Krishna in a week’s time and taken photographs in each important stage. Madhubani or Mithila is the folk art of Bihar. You can read my post on Madhubani /Mithila paintings for more information.

Few important things for whosoever gets tempted to try Madhubani painting.

  • It’s an intricate art form and takes time to complete a painting. Please don’t be in hurry to finish it. Enjoy the wonderful journey of painting.
  • It can be done on handmade sheet or any thick white sheet – no special papers needed. Just make sure you start painting on rough side of the sheet. Smooth and shiny surface makes the colors slip.
  • Traditionally, special nib is used to draw line with black ink in Madhubani art work, but that requires lot of practice. However, black marker pen can be used to draw the outline (it’s important that pen should be water resistant).
  • Water-based poster colors are used on paper while if attempting on fabric use acrylic colors. Round tip brushes are used to fill colors.

Painting Procedure

  1. I start with sketching the border. Border is important aspect of Madhubani painting and it makes the painting look complete. Continuous geometrical designs or nature-inspired motifs can be used. Border can be from ½ inch to 2 inch wide (depending on the size of the canvas you are using). Bigger the canvas wider the border. Here I have drawn a ½ inch border.

making border of madhubani painting2. Conceptualize the layout of the painting. Start with the main character and fill the remaining space later. Here, I have sketched Radha-Krishna first and then made tree, abstract peacock and fish in the given order. The idea is that abstract patterns should support the main theme. Since its Radha-Krishna, adding peacock and fish made sense. Peacock is the symbol of romance and fish stands for fertility, good luck and devotion.

madhubani painting sketching Radhe krishna

3.Repeated patterns are made to add detailing as you can see in tree trunk or the way leaves are filled. There is no fixed rule to it and any pattern that blends well with the theme can be used. Border looked too simple so I added further detailing to it. As you must have understood no space is left blank and it should be filled with detailing.

Madhubani painting adding details

Since in this painting we are following Bharni style, we fill the painting with vibrant colors. While in Kachni style it’s mostly black and white with minimum use of colors. I am biased towards Bharni style as it is more colorful and bright.

4. While filling the colors, first decide the background color and then choose the foreground colors. When background color creates contrast with the foreground colors it makes painting more appealing. Choice of colors is very crucial. So, get yourself familiarized with color-wheel to know more about color combinations.

Madhubani painting filling background color5. Once done with background color, I infuse bright colors in foreground. When in doubt, start with adding obvious colors. Like tree trunk will be brown and leaves will be green, skin tone of Radha and Krishna, peacock will again be in shade of blue. After this it will be easy to visualize and choose other colors.

Madhubani painting adding colors6. You can leave the background as filled with single color but Madhubani painting is all about intricate patterns. So I add repeated pattern with black color (shown below) and fine tip round brush all over the background.

Madhubani with Background PatternThe painting is complete and ready to be framed. Decorate your home or your workplace or you can even gift it to someone.

Madhubani Painting
Madhubani painting ready to be framed

There is nothing more special than gifting handmade gifts. Like I gifted my friend personalized name-plate as house warming gift and she really loved it.

I am flabbergasted when I see the works of acclaimed Madhubani artisits Bharti Dayal and Vidushini Pandit. They have taken the Madhubani Paintings to great heights and their efforts have made this folk art more popular.

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

I don’t claim to be an expert. I am sharing here what I have learned and explained here in best possible manner.

I will keep updating this page if I feel anything else can be helpful too. If you think some information is missed or anything else can be mentioned here please bring it to my knowledge and I will update it.

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