Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Madhubani painting on wooden box- Tutorial

In the process of organizing and decorating my craft room, I'm making many hand crafted items. Already I have shared  about the wooden boxes painted. One box with Warli design and and another with decoupage.

About Madhubani art I have written in one of my posts,Madhubani Art( Mithila Art) -Art from an ancient city .I have been wanting to learn Madhubani art. But never got an opportunity to learn it from a professional. Still my search is on for a professional Madhubani artist to learn this beautiful art. Thought of trying this art , by painting it on a wooden box. I searched many tutorials online, and tried to paint. This is my first attempt in Madhubani art.

Here it is :
Madhubani art

Tutorial to paint on wooden box:

First step is to paint the wooden box with wood primer. You can use acrylic white color too.After the application of  primer wait for 4-5 hours so that it dries completely. Then apply white acrylic color.I have mixed a drop of yellow color, to make it look like a handmade paper. :)
Madhubani art
Wooden box with after first layer of paint applied

How to transfer the design :

The tedious task is to transfer the design, may it be embroidery or painting. If you can draw , it is  good. If you can't then the design should be transferred. There are many techniques to transfer design.I used pencil scribbling method. Here are the steps of the method:

1. On the wrong side of the design page , scribble with 2B pencil. 
transfering design
Scribble on the wrong side of the design

2. Now keep it on the surface where the design has to be transferred and draw lines of the design with sharp pencil.
Madhubani art
Draw on the design
The design will be transferred on the surface:
Madhubani art
Design transferred on the surface
I prefer this method over using carbon papers to transfer designs , as carbon papers leave black patches sometimes.
After design transferred, paint it with the required color. In Madhubani art the major colors used are  red, yellow, green and black.
Here it is after painting:
Madhubani painting
Madhubani art on wooden box
There may be many mistakes in the first attempt.
Hope soon I will find a Guru , from whom I can learn this traditional art :)

Planning to design a saree with Madhubani designs. Will share the saree design soon with you.

Until then,

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,


  1. I want to go to Home Depot and buy all the things essential and paint one for myself. You don't need a professional tutor. You are really good at it. It looks amazing.

  2. I am a big fan of your work! Amazing talent you have!

  3. That is a perfect finish on your first attempt :) Thanks for sharing !!

  4. Very nicely done for a first timer Ranjana. Hope you find a good teacher and do more such works.

  5. Beautifully done Ranjana..loved the bright colors and beautiful design. .I think it is perfect! :)

  6. Wow! Stunning and thanks for the tut. I like the transferring method also. I use this method on paper but never knew this would work on other mediums too.

  7. Wahhhhh.. This is one brilliant idea to paint a box. Love the cute fish & vibrant colors you filled. Looking awesome. Keep designing, Can't wait to see more creative projects from your craft room :) Happy crafting!

    1. Madhubani is the painting using bright colors. Thank you so much Khadija

  8. Very good transfer method.
    Lovely madhubani painting
    Beautifully done using vibrant colors:)

  9. Wow, this is a transfer method I hadn't heard of ? Does this work on fabrics, Ranjana?


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