DIY: Warli Cork Coasters

By | February 23, 2016

DIY Warli Cork Coasters:

Warli Cork Coasters.

Warli Cork Coasters.

Warli art is one of the oldest tribal arts of India. It is named after the tribe Warli. They hailed from the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Warli has a basic graphic representation: a circle, triangle and a square. It is an earthy art form. A circle represents nature like sun and moon. The triangle represents trees and mountains and the square represents an enclosed space or a piece of land. These pictorial representations were painted only during special occasions like weddings and during the harvest season.

I first saw this art in a Chitrakala Parishath Exhibition in Bangalore, India. I have always had a keen interest in knowing the history of different art forms from different parts of India and this interest of mine, made me dig more into Warli art. Now Warli art has been incorporated in textile Industries, in home decor, Jewelry and much more.

I have used the cork coasters I bought from IKEA into Warli coasters. Well they just looked boring when I bought them, just brown. So I thought of decking it up a little to match my home decor. I have a lot of Paintings and wall hangings inspired from Indian folk arts, so this would just match them. So I have here a DIY Warli Coasters project for you guys.

*It’s OK, if you don’t want to do Warli designs, you can draw, paint or doodle anything:)

Materials Needed

Sl. NoMaterials
1Big Sponge Brush
2Small Artist Brush (size 0)
3Circular Cork coasters(small)
4Acrylic Paint (White, Brown and Black colors)
5Mod Podge (matte finish)
6Compass with pencil
8Clear base acrylic spray

Step 1
First do a base coat on all your coasters, I took Brown and mixed with White to get a Terracotta color because I wanted an earthy finish. You can always choose to, only do Brown color if you don’t like Terracotta color. Let it dry.

Step 2
Find the center of the circular coaster. (in my case diameter= 10 cm) I used a scale to locate the center basically by intersecting two diameters on the coaster. Draw a circle of radius 4.5 cm which makes space for the border of your coaster.

Step 3
Draw your choice of Warli design or you can always look into my tutorial on Warli for reference.

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Step 4

Once you complete your Warli design, allow it to dry overnight.

Step 5
Once the coasters are dried apply mod podge (matte finish). Apply thin coats with 15 to 20 minutes between each coat. Apply 2 to 3 coats.

Step 6
Let it cure for a day, then spray Clear Acrylic Sealer.
Enjoy your Warli Cork Coasters with a cup of Tea /Coffee! πŸ™‚
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20 thoughts on “DIY: Warli Cork Coasters

    1. Rashmi Post author

      I totally agree with you we have tp conserve our cultural heritage thogh the folk art forms.Thank you Deepa πŸ™‚

    1. Rashmi Post author

      thank you Upasna:) You can do this art form on any medium, such as handmade paper, canvas, ceramic tiles, cloth.But the procedures will be different.

    1. Rashmi Post author

      Hi Kala:) Thank you! Modpodge basically is a decoupage medium, acts as a glue and also sealer. Here in this project it serves as a sealer.


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