Thursday, July 21, 2011

How to do Warli Painting ????

Warli painting ....
Ever since i started to learn warli it has been a flop show..Though it seems to be simple... i had a very tough time on it .I just wanted to post this as it would help someone like me who is new to warli.

Very new beginners here it goes
1.Canvas/Handmade paper
Note 1 :handmade paper are of n number of varieties.. get one tht has a flat surface or to put it straight it shld resemble like a plain paper without ups and downs.
For Canvas no issues
2.Acrylic colours/Fabric colours/Poster colours
3.000 Brush
4.Trace paper(if required ) u can do a free hand drawing or else trace the design or draw the required desigh on trace paper and use it
5.Carbon sheet
Note 2 : There are so many colour carbon sheets available in the market so colour of ur choice
6.Warli nib
Note 3:This i got to see in a video tht fine lines are drawn using big and small warli nibs
7.Drawing Ink
Note 4:This also i got to see from the same video that they use this drawing ink for drawing human beings with warli nib.they dip the nib in this ink and draw

In Case of canvas board do give a base colour for the board.
Here for me the base colour is Crimson colour
One of my friend suggested me to give a little lighter shade first on the board and then go for a darker shade
Try to do it evenly else some places will be dark and some will be light.
Better not to mix water else it looks very light ..
Apply the colour straight

For the trace
There are so many designs available on the net .. try to search and based on ur liking either see the design and draw or else trace it

So now the canvas is ready ,trace is ready

Carbon sheet
Here am using Crimson colour as the base and the tribes in White colour so u have to take a white carbon sheet .Pls for heaven sake dont use black colour it spoiled my work for the first try.Even white colour carbon on a dark base colour is risky.

As per experienced ppl suggestion is to do a free hand drawing ,trace can be done for tough work

Do the tribal work patterns using 0 /00/000 brush

Initially go with simple designs

FYI:Keep checking ,will try to update as much as information i get on doing a better warli ;)


  1. Very informative post Thanks for sharing

  2. hey thank u so much.. me too have jst started wit warli painting.. so out of curiosity am trying to see as many warli designs n info i can..but urs i jst apt info n helpful too. i din't knw bout warli nib n colours.. well thnks.. n wud like to get updates bout the same.. thanks again.

  3. hi, i wud like to learn warli from u .ur warli works r awesome .where do u stay in bangalore

  4. Nice information for Warli artists. Thanks.