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Hi there and welcome to my page!

I'm Bansini, and I like manga styled art. However, I do other styles too!

I hope you can check out my gallery, and if you find anything you like, please comment or fav!

I love if you can help me improve! I hope you like my art!

If you want to commission me for anything,
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PE: Kalamkari - An Indian Art Style

Sat Jun 28, 2014, 8:00 AM

Hi! I'm Bansini, and I'm going to be introducing you to the Indian art style :  Kalamkari. La la la la 

Kalamkari - a Traditional Fabric of India by vininfashion 
by vininfashion

Not many people know about this style of art, and this includes Indians. Wink/Razz 
Kalamkari, which literally means 'pen work', are paintings done on cotton textile with vegetable or natural dyes.

For information on the history of Kalamkari, click here. For it's technical aspects, click here.

Okay! So before I jump in into how Kalamkari is done here, I'll gloss over why you should try it out atleast once in your life.
  1. You'll start this piece from scratch. And by scratch, I don't just mean your own designs; the dyes and the pen are both made by the artist. You'll be hard pressed to find anything here ready-made! This has two benefits: you'll be practicing one of the harder, more intricate crafts, and you'll be able to learn the traditional ways in which crafts were made, allowing you to appreciate the skill it take.
  2. The dyes are vegan-friendly, non-chemical, and they last longer than any others. They also don't fade and leave blotchy marks when exposed to sunlight. Enough said. oooh, stars 
  3. Completing one kalamkari piece will allow you to improve your artwork greatly. It helps you to learn how to stabalise your hand, and you'll see the difference when you draw again. 
  4. It has great amounts of potential. You can draw traditional designs, but that isn't all! Try comic art styles like manga, or draw butterflies or realistic faces onto your cloth. The things you can do are infinite. I have examples below!
  5. Not very many people know about this art style. It hasn't been used to it's full potential, and Kalamkari motifs are very beautiful. Use them to inspire your own artisan crafts! Or use them to make clothes for your OCs! This art style can be used to make anything unique. :happy: 

I'll jump right into the procedure now! 

Cloth Preparation:
The cloth used is usually cotton.  The kind I used wasn't whitened, but made to look glossy. This effect was acheived by soaking dried Myrobalam seeds in water, then flitering the mixture and mixing it with milk. The cloth was soaked in this mixture for an hour, and then left in the sun to dry. Myrobalam is the name given to fruits like Amla and Cherry Plum, you can get these at any supermarket or your nearest Indian food store. 
Bansini's super tip: You won't need to follow these few steps unless you really want to do it the traditional way. Cotton cloth bought from stores will work fine without these steps, just make sure to wash them really well. :funnydance: 

Kalam (pen) Preparation:
The kalam is made using bamboo sticks. They are sharpened and made thin using a cutter. The tip is made extremely thin and pointy. If required, a woolen cloth barrel is attached to the bamboo to act as a reservior, by using absorbent cloth and some string. It looks like this:
Untitled Drawing by Bansini
Bansini's super tip: If you don't want to be extremely traditional, but still want to improve your hand stability, fill the ink you've made into an ink pen. You can also use a toothpick for extremely detailed parts or smaller cloth pieces. A thin brush will work fine if you don't want to improve your hand stability, but it will require frequent refilling. Jammin' 

Initial Sketch:
This part is easy. Just cut out a piece of paper the same size as your cloth and draw out your design!
Img-20130908-01980 by Bansini
You don't have to use traditional motifs. I went semi-realistic. My friend drew comic book characters. Do what you want to do!
Next, you'll have to poke holes over your important lines to transfer it over to the cloth.
Img-20130908-01993 by Bansini
Place this over your cloth, and rub a stick of charcoal over it to transfer the design, like so:
Img-20130908-01995 by Bansini

Img-20130908-01996 by Bansini
Untitled Drawing by Bansini
It'll look a bit like this when it's done!

Dyeing,  (and dying):
You'll be doing the Lineart before you start anything else. To make it, you boil together a mixture of Jaggery and Salt water, and let it cool. It should yield a black color. It's raw ingredients can be found in most supermarkets.
It looks like this:
Img-20130908-01976 by Bansini
Dip your Kalam into it for an initial 10 minutes. After this you can start drawing immediately!
Img-20130908-01999 by Bansini
Here's one my friend made without an initial sketch on paper in comic book style:
Image (1) by Bansini

The mordant for this is called Alum. You can find it online or in herbal stores. It's quite readily available. You'll be painting this on right after you're done with the black color lineart. Areas to be colored orange or purple should be dyed red too. The mordant needs to be applied, then left alone for a day. After this, you need to place your cloth in a vessel of boiling water for it's first wash. Here's my design below:
Img-20130910-02080 by Bansini
Img-20130910-02086 by Bansini

Now it's time for the application of the blue and purple colors! All the parts you wanted purple should have been colored red. All the parts you want green should be dyed blue in this step. The dye being used here is indigo. You literally just need to paint it blue using the Kalam. That's it! I am a dummy!  Let your cloth dry before you do the next step. Here's mine laying in the grass:
Untitled Drawing by Bansini
I'm not very fond of the last face, but otherwise I think it's pretty! As you can see, there are a few spots in the cloth. These can be removed by scrubbing as long as the cloth hasn't dried. 

The last dye color is yellow. It's made from those Myrobalam fruits we talked about earlier. They're bought dried. They're then crushed and made into a poweder, which is then added to a hot water vessel for about 15-60 minutes. (depends on the size of the cloth.)
The cloth is then stirred and then left to dry on a clothesline.
Img-20130910-02090 by Bansini
Img-20130911-02163 by Bansini
Img-20130910-02075 by Bansini

And that's it! :love: 
Your final piece should be brightly colored when you're done.  I can't find pictures of mine, but here's one of my friend's without any adjustments:
Image by Bansini
Seeing as we're all 15-16 year old teens doing our first attempts at kalamkari, we'd say it was quite the learning experience! It really is interesting to do, and the amount we learnt about art from making these pieces was insane. It's great for any artist wishing to hone their skills, and it's also a very interesting artisan crafts/traditional art medium! If you ever have to write an assignment on an art medium, I'd reccommend this one. I hope you try out kalamkari, or atleast get inspired by it's motifs in your own artwork! It makes excellent, long-lasting prints and can be used to create water-color effects too. I hope you enjoyed learning about it! :excited: 

Discussion points:
1) Does Kalamkari feel like an attractive medium as opposed to other printing mediums to you?
2) Would you ever be tempted to use Kalamkari style motifs in your artwork, or even dye using this method?
3) Do Indian art styles strike your fancy?
It'd be great to know what you guys thought of this article. It's my first, and I really enjoyed writing it! Leave a comment or critique below!Love 

History and Other  Technical Information
The word 'kalamkari' literally means 'pen art'. Kalam means pen, and kari means craftmanship in Hindi. It is pronounced Kuh-luhm-kah-ri, with not too much stress on the 'h' sound.
Kalamkari has two main strains. One is the Srikalahasti style, which is narrative of Hindu mythology. The second is the Machilipatnam style. (Long words, I know. They're pronounced 'Shri-kaa-laa-hus-ti' and 'Much-elee-put-num', both with a soft 't', like in 'Butterfly'.) Both these names are those of cities in the Indian state Andra Pradesh, which contains many craftsmen specialising in this style of art. Some Indian women wear saris and other traditional dresses with kalamkari style designs on them, as do men. It is often combined with contemporary fashion to provide new looks.
If you wish to find inspiration for your kalamkari-inspired work, go here for a collection of pictures.
To know more about these styles, click here. For more on the history, click here.

Art Feature! Cheerleader 
Send me your kalamkari artwork and I'll add it here! Heart 
Kalamkari - Hand painted fabric with natural dye by vininfashion Kalamkari - a Traditional Fabric of India by vininfashion

 Kalamkari style peacock by Muzungita

kalamkari from India by mammaWcards kalamkari from India by mammaWcards
Black Colored Kalamkari Designer Saree by richasoni Blue Colored Kalamkari Designer Saree by richasoni

Kalamkari Goddess by jayainthesky


My friend, Merlewae, has been working on her manga for quite some time now! She has stuck a bump in the process, and needs some help. She made a journal on this here.

I'll copy-paste the content below:
Hey guys, as many of you know, I'm working on a christian based manga called Redeemed.
Some of you are familiar with the main Characters Hye Mi, Melody, and Elliot ( currently working on his new profile photo).
Hye Mi by MerlewaeMelody Profile by Merlewae
The story is basically about a young girl named Hye Mi who moves from South Korea to the United States after the passing of her abusive father. Hye Mi was bullied her whole life and had looked forward to a fresh start with her mother in the u.s. Hye Mi has a natural talent for music and learned how to sing, play the piano and guitar from her father before he became abusive. I don't want to give a lot away, but it revolves around her and her two friends Melody and Elliot making music together while Hye Mi spreads the gospel to her peers.

I really need someone to help me keep the story consistent when i draw it, i'm not able to do this on my own, i need someone who will actually stick by my side for this one. I had a few people help but after a month I never hear from them again.
If you think you can help me with the storyline for this, chapter by chapter and give it a great plot, please PLEASE pm me.
Thank You :')

I would also love to hear what you would want to see in the manga, or your opinion to make it better! 
Colleen is an extremely talented, young artist and I would love if you guys could maybe spare a bit of time helping her out. She appreciates any and all advice! Also, you guys should check out her manga, it's on her dA as well as other websites. The link to her first page is here.

And, if you can, check out her youtube channel here! It has covers which the character Hye Mi has sung, along with MMD videos and the like. :)

I hope you guys can help her! :)

In other updates: Sorry I've been inactive for so long! I'll be back after my exams, promise.:)

Please feel free to drop a comment below to chat, ask for help, give me advice and do Tell Me What You would like to see from me NEXT! :)

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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding Why I still draw manga to your collections. I'm happy that you like it :la:
Bansini Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I share the sentiment. :)
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014   Writer
Thank you for the favorite! :heart:
Bansini Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
You're most welcome, and thank you for the fave and the information :)
Bansini Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime. :)
joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
Whoops! Didn't mean to ignore you in chat just now, I was being harrassed by my kitten!
Bansini Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, don't worry about it! I figured you would be busy. No offense taken! :)
Peonies18 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for adding my story, Bound by the War, to your favorites! I really appreciate it! :) 
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