How to make a Warli Art Handpainted Tray

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In 2013, I got together with Preethi from Indya kaleidoscope‚ ‚ and conducted our first Warli workshop in Bangalore.‚ 
The workshop was conducted in a quaint creative place the IK office in Koramangala and was such a learning experience for us.‚ Spread over 6 hrs .. we studied warli symbols, practiced on rough sheets then progressed to painting gift envelopes and then to A4 sized handmade papers .. and finally wooden trays.

How to make a Warli Art Handpainted Tray

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This WARLI Handpainted tray has been hand painted in warli art on a glazed wooden surface depicts a scene from the rural VILLAGES of Maharastra. The handpainting on the surface of the tray depicts that the rural villagers are blissfully dancing in group, celebrating & rejoicing during the festival time. The natural brushed patterns are visible on the top & bottom of the tray. The tray borders are beautifully designed with warli motifs. The glazed texture of the tray adds a freshness and uniqueness to any setting. It helps to serve refreshing drinks to the guests in a traditional & ethnic manner.
 
Outline of the workshop‚ 
Workshop Outline – 11 Am – 4PM
1. Learn the basics of Warli – Warli figures, instruments, houses, animals, trees, borders.
2. Practice on rough papers.
3. Come up with your own design for the wooden tray.
4. Break for tea / coffee
5. Create your first masterpiece on handmade paper which you can frame later
6. Break for Lunch
7. Paint your wooden tray.
 
This is a photo log of the event.
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All basic materials for the Warli Art – Markers, Handmade paper, envelopes, Spray painted trays, ruler, brushes, white acrylic, and all our notes & happy smiles await the students
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We arranged all our samples and warli art for the students to see and learn. Plus lots of study material to carry back home.
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My gorgeous Warli painted tray & Warli postbox.
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The next step was to study & create a design for the tray. Practice session in progress on a rough paper with pencil.
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One of the Warli designs for the tray.
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The actual‚ Warli Art Tutorial353780037_nThe actual design on the tray. One of my students doing a free hand design of the Warli scene
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Another view of the gorgeous tray. Can you believe the girl painting the tray was just 12?
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The completed tray. Happy Warli dancers and a permanent keepsake.
 
Another simpler tray .. I am in love with the border on this one
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