Thursday, September 19, 2013

Madubani Painted In Natural Dyes

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

Few days ago when I decided to paint the Madhubani art that my sister had drawn for me an idea sparked in my mind. The idea was to paint the Madhubani art in natural dyes to give it a perfect look and feel of an ancient art form of India. Here is my artwork.

Madhubani Painting in natural dyes
Sorry for the bad picture quality

Here is how I prepared natural dyes:
1 part Turmeric powder+2 part water+ boil = Yellow Color
Leaves (preferably spinach/smooth gourd/beans) + crush and squeeze = Sap Green
1 Part Beetroot + 2 Part water + boil = Red color
1 part Blueberries + 2 Part water + boil = Blue color

You can use various flowers and vegetables to get different colors. Once you are ready with your natural dyes you can get more hues by mixing colors for example mix red and yellow to get orange, mix blue and yellow to get green etc.

Madhubani Art
My palette of natural colors 
 It was really a big task to fill the colors in this art as it has very intricate design and I completed it with utmost dedication and lot of patience.  

Madhubani Painting

Closer look at the intricate work.

Madhubani Art

Madhubani Painting

Madhubani Design

Madhubani Pattern

Madhubani Fishes

I loved the painting totally. It has come out as I wanted it. Check out more about other Indian art forms here

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