Out of The Box Ideas: When Warli Painting & Art Goes Beyond Walls

Out of The Box Ideas: When Warli Painting & Art Goes Beyond Walls

by Priti on October 9, 2013

Warli painting is an unwritten/unspoken language which is represented in the form of graphics and designs. But now its time to change your mindset that warli paintings can be drawn only on walls…

Warli Painting: Traditional Art form Of India Turning Heads in Modern Era

The adivasis and tribal people living in the mountains are referred as warlis and the basics for making warli painting i.e. graphic vocabulary includes: a circle, a triangle and a square.

Okay Okay, please make yourself comfortable, am not going to give lectures on how to make warli paintings and its different art forms. I will be sharing it with you in an interesting way. Ah…am saying this because, it may sound boring for people who are not too much into art and craft.

Making Warli Painting

Image via

But hey, this post has something unique and different. Take a look at these wonderful ideas to get this traditional art form inside your home. This will change your way of thinking that Varlis can be used within a line of control, as we have our conversation on. All I want to say is go limitless & out of control in using this Indian traditional art form!

By the way (with due respect to this tribal art form) when some one talks about adivasis, the only thing that reminds my funny brother is this - jhingala hu jhingala hu :P He is a nerd, I tell you. All he does is comedy and make people laugh until they roll on the floor laughing. :D Actually, I like him being a nerd. :)

I am pretty sure, you must have never ever seen this creativity. Is that an umbrella? Really? Whoa, umbrella never looked so fascinating to me. What about you, like it? I heart a YES.

Warli on Umbrella

Image via WaatEetEes

Warli Painting & Ragamala Dance Group in USA

Varli on Canvas

Images: anil vangad

Frankly speaking, I had seen this art before but I thought its just a shortcut idea to drawn men and women. I think I used to draw it at the back of my note books with all funny creatures. Damn! I got scoldings for making my maths note-book into an art book :P So, today I want to convey this to all my teachers…”Mam, I was born to be an artist ” ;)

Painting on Ply board

Image via Siddhartha Kam Deuri

Kandeels with Varli Designs

Lamps with Varli

Above two images via baaya design

What’s Warli? What does it mean?

Did is just sound like an alien word to you? Oh…no no not at all, they are human beings just like us but living in the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujrat. Varlis are the tribal people or you can also refer them as adivasis (in Hindi).

Warli paintings are just a way of expressing their joy, happiness or various aspects of life like wedding, harvesting season etc. in form of shapes and designs which are drawn with basic graphics like a circle, triangle and a square. If you look at the Varli art, you can make out how easy it is to make it but has lots of expressions behind it.

The circle represent moon/sun while the mountains are influenced with the shape of mountains and trees. Hence, it’s just a symbol that shows harmony between human beings themselves and with nature. Specifically used to paint the mud walls of the villagers.

I think that was enough about why do we call it a warli art. Let’s move on and explore some awesome designs.

Now this is going to be really awe-inspiring for you all. Warlis grouped together and drawn on coffee mugs. This design reminds me of the time when me and my group of friends used to play “ringa-ringa roses” in school. Cherishing memories!

Ah, coming back on the track, Rhea has drawn these wonderful patterns on mugs which I would love to gift to my loved ones, much more creative than mere cards and ready-made gifts.

Design on Mugs

Haddapian art on mugs…more or less it looks like warli to me…

Haddapian art on Mugs

Above two images via EuphoRhea

And here we go with terracotta items for decoration and painting designs…

Flickering Pots with Warlis

Pickle Terracotta Jar with Warli Designs

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– has written 254 posts on kwikdeko. She is a pro blogger from India and a self-confessed photographer. She also writes for renowned magazines. You can follow Priti on Twitter

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1 Shashank
January 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Never knew that this kind of Adivashi warli painting and art is also present in India…good work Priti :)


2 Priti January 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Yeah, that’s the basic reason behind writing this post..so that everyone gets to know about this exceptional art form. Thanks a lot for your complements! Happy New Year! :)


3 Saru Singhal January 3, 2013 at 6:21 am

The is stunning and there is an earthy feel to it. I would love to have that clock. :) Happy New Year Priti :)


4 Priti January 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Happy New Year to you too Saru! Thanks for the complements, wish I could send you that clock as a new year gift.. :)


5 hema January 9, 2013 at 2:28 am

a very nice blog.I am going crazy over warli,actually i want to do my wall with a big warli wall hanging.Any suggestions?
i dont want to paint,i want to hang a bigger one.


6 Priti January 9, 2013 at 11:50 am

Of course, you can draw warli paintings or patterns on a bigger size canvas and get it framed or simply on a piece of cloth and nail it. Hope this helps! :)


7 hema January 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

That was quick.Thank you.
Can you please tell me ,which material is best for nailing.Sorry for asking doubts


8 Priti January 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Its completely fine dear. I am always there to hep you all. For hanging wall art on canvas/fabric, you can use casings or Hurricane hooks (picture-hanging hooks). Hope this helps! :)


9 Mrinaal January 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Wooooooowie. . . .i juz love warli art. . . .m loving it :) . . .I have done many drawings of warli :)


10 Priti January 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Gr8 to know that Mrinaal. Are you going to use any of these designs? Would love to see your creative stuffs too.. :)


11 Mrinaal January 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hey priti whr cn i upload ma pics? I mean any email id?


12 Priti January 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

O’yes…why not…send it to us at priti@kwikdeko.com or shashank@kwikdeko.com Will be waiting for your response and wonderful images… :)


13 Priyanka Rastogi January 15, 2013 at 10:59 am

very nice post ……I also made warli inspired by your post in my style and also share this post on my blog.
keep up gud work.


14 Priti January 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Awww….that’s so sweet of you Priyanka! Am glad I was able to inspire and introduce you to this wonderful warli art. Hey, thanks for the back link…your warli looks so different and colorful. Liked it! :)


15 rekhs January 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm

very nice post…Priti
i like your blogs……..good :)


16 Priti January 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Aww….so sweet of you to say that Rekha! Thanks a lot and do subscribe us via email so that you don’t miss a post! :)


17 vaishnavi ingole January 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm

ausum picsss………..all are class collection……..


18 Swapnil kekan February 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hi Priti,

Very nice post…could you plz suggest me a book wherein the procedure/ method to do warali paintings at home are described.

Thanks in advance


19 Priti February 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hey Swapnil, you can go for “Unique Art Of Warli Paintings” by Sudha Satyawadi or “Do” by Gita Wolf. BTW have seen the video on warli painting embedded in between the post?


20 dhivya March 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Hey would like to see an article on Tanjore Painting as well, one of the oldest art forms of south India


21 Priti March 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Sure Dhivya! Wanted to write about Tanjore paintings last month but got stuck with other posts and art forms. Thank you for reminding me…will start working on it. :)


22 dhivya March 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Great!!! :)


23 Nilesh March 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

Dear Priti,

Have a good day! Please let me know how I create this warli paintings? Which tools needed in it?

Thanks & Regards,



24 Priti March 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Hi Nilesh, now-a-days you get a ready to use warli kit in the market. Still, materials required includes, any base material (fabric, plywood or paper) & colors depending the base used, for fabrics or paper we use fabric colors, warli pattern and fine brushes (00,0,2). Print the design on base using tracing paper and start painting! :)


25 LATHA March 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm



26 Priti March 25, 2013 at 1:58 am

Hey Latha, am so happy that you are inspired with this traditional warli painting. All you need to do is, either download the patterns form the internet or get a book on warli art and start painting! Don’t forget to share your designs with me… :)


27 christiane April 5, 2013 at 1:23 am

very nice design i’m impressed by all the design it’s marvellous


28 Vaishali April 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

Where will I be able to purchase a Warli Wall painting?


29 dhanashree April 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Hi priti
your work is fabulus.willl u tell me which type of colour is use for outside wall warali paint?whether oil paint or somthing else?
pl guide me .


30 Priti April 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Thanks Dhanashree! The base in red color is done by mixing geru(used for painting terracotta pot) + water + fevicol. And the warlis in white are drawn using simple fabric/acrylic colors. Happy painting! :)


31 Binita May 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Hi Priti, I came to know about your blogs through my sister and I instantly loved the crafting and interior designing ideas you shared. And I think using worli paintings are just gorgeous ways of making home interiors look stylish. They look classy yet very earthy. I always wanted to learn this form of painting. Hopefully I will soon. :)


32 Priti May 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Sounds interesting! Yes, warli paintings are one of it’s kind and guess what, I have seen warli paintings in TV serials as well…am glad that you are looking forward to learn this traditional art form. Do share your experience with me… xoxo to your sister for recommending kwikdeko :)


33 ramesh May 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Excellent search done and a valuable information is being provided. I really appreciate.


34 Christine June 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Hello Priti,
we share the same passion. I am from Canada and stay in Nasik for few days, lokking for galleries or warli artist to visit. Maybe you could hepl me to find the good one?
Nice work, good researches.

Please send me a e-mail : tougaschristine306@msn.com



35 rocksea June 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

Thanks for the wonderful compilation, Priti. What is a Haddappian art? I couldn’t find any info about that.


36 Priti June 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Its basically art from bronze age i.e. Harappan culture also called Haddappan. Their art symbols (on seals) basically included rhino, stylish flowers, lady dancing with bangles & heavy accessories and the most famous one posture is one lady standing in provocative posture, with one leg half-bent. etc. You can also Google “Harappan seals”.


37 Archanna shikarkhane June 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm

This is Archanna shikarkhane from pune..kothrud….I like your work..am too artist..doing warli n madhibani painting..by order..i wish to work with you too..


38 Sathya July 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Wow!what a collections u have…I am amazed. Good informations.


39 Somashekar August 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Really nice paintings which relax our mind for a moment ,a traditional touch , touches the heart


40 devi August 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

very much impressed by ur post. good keep going


41 MANISHA.R. October 7, 2013 at 4:58 am



42 poornima November 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

hi priti, i love u r warli paintings too.if i want to paint on one of my walls inside the house, whitch paints should i use.pls reply


43 Prashansa Bhujade November 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Hi Priti,
Gr8 work. I loved kandeels. Can U tell me its made of what? Would like 2 try.
Thank you. Keep up the great work.


44 Priti November 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Thank you Prashansa! Well I made one Ganesha kandeel recently…you can check it out here http://www.kwikdeko.com/blog/shimmering-kandeel-with-ganesha-am-ready-for-diwali/ with step by step process. :)


45 Pankaj January 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Hi Preeti, thanks for the wonderful blog. I need some help. I have been painting warli designs on paper. But now I want to do it on canvas roll with acrylic colours. Which colors should I use for the base. I mean to say should I apply primer first or directly use acrylic colors for the wash. Please help.


46 Priti January 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Hi Prakash, plz refer to this post http://www.kwikdeko.com/blog/oil-painting-canvas/ might help you. Thanks.


47 Sreeja February 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm
48 Tanu July 20, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Beautiful! I am planning to do up a wooden book bin using warli. My question is what type of paint should be used to create the base? Acryic? And what medium is used for the warli figures? Thanks!


49 chetu November 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

warli painting is now intellectual property of tribals of india. we expect that people should learn painting but also maintain the dignity of the same. people also know that one can learn but should not use for commercial purpose.


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