Only the main figures and bigger motifs are drawn using pencil/pen and the rest of the detailing like filling gaps and border with patterns are done using a paint brush. Figures in Pattachitra are always well defined and motifs are quite detailed.
The main colors used in Pattachitra paintings are yellow, red, blue, green, white, and black. While filling colors, choose a complementary color scheme as you go from the center towards the edge of the painting and choose an analogous color scheme or tints & shades of the color to fill the patterns in a particular design. This practice makes the painting look vibrant and detailed.
Intricate patterns are filled in every figure and motif. Fine details like features of gods, goddesses, animals and birds and detailing on clothes are done meticulously using a fine paintbrush. It took me three days to complete this painting and I was in awe once it was done.
Dashavatar you see in the above painting are Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Ram, Balram, Krishna (sometimes replaced by Buddha) and Kalki from the top left to bottom right respectively.
My family and lots of my friends and readers are thoroughly enjoying this Indian Art Gallery wall series. Sometimes I receive emails and messages from my lovely readers saying how they are inspired to create one such wall in their homes too and how they keep checking my Instagram
feed and blog just to see whether I have posted my next painting in this series. And some of them are so sweet that they even sent me some beautiful Indian folk paintings to complete the gallery wall. I will be posting about it in my next blog and that’s not all, I have big news to share with you all too. So………..
UPDATE: Embedded a video of Pattachitra painting tutorial below.