DIY Handpainted Madhubani Serving Tray

By | March 18, 2016

I always wanted a serving tray which was hand painted. So i decided to make one for myself. I use this tray to serve friends some snacks and Tea. By my earlier post’s you would have already gauged that I love folk art and since am far away from my homeland, I always try to incorporate some glimpses of the Art from India in my house. This was a similar kind of a project.

I decided to make a Hand painted Madhubani Serving Tray using the wooden tray available at Michael’s.
Madhubani Art, also known as Mithila art is the folk art from India. It’s a form of Painting practiced in the Mithila region of Nepal and in Bihar.
Usually the painting is drawn using fingers, twigs, brushes, nib pens, matchsticks and the colors used in the painting are natural dyes and pigments. There are paintings for all occasions marriage, birth, Holi, Kali Pooja etc.

Hand painted Madhubani Serving Tray

Hand painted Madhubani Serving Tray

Materials Needed

Sl. NoMaterials
1Wooden Tray from Michael's(*Artminds™ Wood Tray (Sku 10042187))
2Acrylic paint (all colors)
3Flat artist paint brush
4Artist Paint Brushes - (o size brush)
5Big Sponge Brush -1
6Acrylic Gloss Medium
Acrylic gloss medium

Acrylic gloss medium

Step 1 Start painting your tray with Acrylics, any color of your choice on all the sides. Let it dry.

Step 2 Then draw your favorite Madhubani design on to the tray with pencil. For more designs check the below links

Elephant design in Madhubani

Elephant design in Madhubani

Step 3 Using color of your choice complete the design.

Step 4 Let it dry for two to three days.

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Step 5 Finally finish it with Acrylic gloss medium using big sponge brush. Wait between layers. Apply 2-3 coats on all the surfaces. This medium helps to protect all your acrylic projects. Let it dry.

Hand Painted Madhubani Serving Tray

Enjoy Hot tea and biscuits in your new serving tray.
Happy Painting!
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4 thoughts on “DIY Handpainted Madhubani Serving Tray

  1. Gouri

    This is really beautiful¡

    I wanted to know if you painted the outlines with a pen or a fine brush?

  2. Ankita


    I want to know whether you mixed gloss medium with acrylic paints and then painted or you put it later after acrylic painted.I didnt get Step 5

    1. Rashmi Post author

      Hi Ankita.. You get gloss medium for Acrylics which is called Acrylic gloss medium. After painting it with acrylic paints, you can finish by applying the Acrylic Gloss medium.


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