Madhubani Art: Forest of Honey 

The Art from a sacred land  

Open Ealing, Unit 14, School Lane, Dickens Yard, Ealing, W5 2TD


Book 9th October 2021

Limited to 10 Spaces, please book or email me at to reserve a space and avoid disappointment. 



Madhubani Art : The Art from a sacred land  

Madhubani/Mithila Painting/folk Painting meaning Forest of Honey dates back to the 7th century AD. The art form began in the Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent. The Indian state of Bihar, hence why it is called Madhubani/Mithila. Madhubani. Madhubani paintings were traditionally created by the women of different communities of the Mithila region, and done on freshly plastered mud (cow dung) on walls and floors of huts, but now they are also done on cloth, handmade paper and canvas.


The origin of this art form is traced to the time of the Ramayana when Lord Ram was the King of Ayodhya in North India. If the legends are to be believed, a group of artists were commissioned to decorate the wedding venue with beautiful paintings on the occasion of the marriage of Ram and Sita by Janak, the King of Mithila.

Jitwarpur, is a village on the outskirts of Madhubani town and is one of the most celebrated homes to legendary practitioners of the art, they didn’t just make Madhubani paintings, they lived in them. It has been described as a form of prayer and meditation because it resides in the souls of the practitioners of the art. 

Madhubani art uses complex geometrical patterns. There are three main themes in Madhubani paintings. First is Religious, (Gods) second is Social (what you see in your society and community) and third is Nature, (mountains, rivers, animals etc). Madhubani art has five distinctive styles: Bharni, Katchni, Godhna, Tantrik and Kohbar. 


The colours used in Madhubani paintings are traditionally derived from plants and other natural sources. These colours are often bright and pigments like lampblack and ochre are used to create black and brown respectively. Instead of contemporary brushes, objects like twigs, matchsticks and even fingers are used to create the paintings. Generally, no space is left empty; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and geometric designs.







In this workshop you will 

Join me on a guided mindfulness journey. 


ON ARRIVAL you will be greeted with a starter pack with everything you need for the class. 

•    Plastic wallet/folder 

•    Exclusive/bespoke pattern training worksheet

•    Carbon paper

•    Tracing paper 

•    Paper Palette 

•    A4 Khadi handmade paper

•    A drawing template to select from 

•    Madhubani reference sheet. 


The first hour includes a warm-up exercise using a bespoke-pattern sheet. These sheets are designed to help you learn how to create complex border designs using simple shapes. With each class you attend you will receive a new training sheet with new patterns to practice. 

To create your final piece you will be shown a selection of templates to pick from, and references will be provided for inspiration and as a starting point. I will be taking you step by step in the art of Madhubani Painting. By the second half of the class you will be in a deep relaxed mindful state as you complete your own beautiful masterpiece. 

You get to take back the beautiful painting that you make, and you will be emailed a pdf Handout of useful resources designed by me.


My workshops are designed to provide a space to connect and bring people together whilst doing art mindfully and increasing a feeling of wellbeing and creative revitalisation.

All Materials provided to use during the workshop: 

  • Pencil

  • Eraser

  • Ruler

  • Black marker pen

  • Acrylic Paints/ water colours/ and Brushes

  • References


The workshop is held in the newly built and well-ventilated room at OPEN Ealing. We arrange the seating to maximise social distancing whilst maintaining the enjoyment of a group session. Classes are limited to 10 people and everyone has their own 2m table.


All are welcome, no experience is needed and all resources & materials are provided for attendees aged 12+.

Anyone attending my workshop will be added to my VIP mailing list if they wish so that they can receive invites to my future exhibitions and PV events. 

All bookings receive a confirmation by email, please be sure your check your paypal account email address junk mail or spam folder.



Catherine Smith

I have now completed 3 classes and enjoyed each one. Komal can teach people of different ability and experience while creating a lovely learning atmosphere. Komal’s introduction to, and explanation of Madhubani Art is clear and insightful, and the whole experience is positive and encouraging. I look forward to booking more classes.

Unit 14, School Lane, Dickens Yard, W5 2TD