Saturday, October 1, 2011

Crafturday Creative Mess 6 - Warli art on cds

Warli paintings do not depict mythological characters or images of deities, but depict social life of human beings. Painted white on mud walls, they are pretty close to pre-historic cave paintings in execution and usually depict scenes of human figures engaged in activities like hunting, dancing, sowing ,harvesting, going out, drawing water from well, drying clothes or even dancing.
Typically warlis are simply painted on mud, charcoal, and cow dung treated surfaces with rice paste for the color white. I have decided to do warli painting on a CD. You can also try a warli painting as it is a very simple art form. You don’t need any specialized knowledge.... just creative mind and an artistic flair... so go ahead..

Acrylic colors
Paint brushes
Mirrors, Sparkles and rhinestones

Color both the sides of the CD with brown or black acrylic colors. Warlis typically use henna, indigo, ochre, black, earthy mud, brick red colors for back ground.But you can always experiment with background color. Contrast to typical warli background try and experiment with vibrant colors. You can even combine two colors to for the baclground... like brick red for one half and black for another half.
Draw the warli design carefully on the CD with the help of a brush using white color. You can choose any design but i chose few ethnic motifs and dancing warli women.
You can add mirors, sparkles and rhinestones for extra shine in your painting.

If you think you are happy with the design then apply clear varnish and let it dry.
You can hang these cds anywhere. If you have more than one cd then you can paint them and display them on a bare wall. I love using CDs for wall art. Warli Art style adds life to your home decor. Use it yourself or gift others, its a piece of art which will speak volumes about your taste.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you tried making these then click some bright pictures of your CDs and send them to me at I like kind comments too. Please feel free to drop a note! :) Thanks for stopping by!
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Dr Sonia S V said...

Its fantastic Neelima

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Somu said...

Nice one again ! DIYs with things that are scattered around the house are simply the best !

Patricia Torres said...

Neelima… very very nice!! Looks gorgeous! I totally love Warli too..

anandhirajan said...

Very innovative Thanks for sharing

Nisha said...

yah ths s somethng innovative...gonna try ths u

vijayalakshmi said...

Really pretty and nice.