What You Need:
- Cartridge sheet
- Black marker: thin and thick
- Poster paints
- Fine brushes
- Draw 2 circles on a white cartridge sheet each measuring 12cms in diameter. Draw 2 thin borders within each circle as shown.
- Draw a rough outline of a figure inside each circle. Matsya is half-human and half-fish and Kurma is half-human and half-turtle.
- Cut the circles out.
- Darken the outlines of the figures and the borders using a thin marker. Originally, this was done using a thin brush but this requires a lot of practice to perfect.
- Add designs and tiny details on the clothes and borders of the cards using the thin marker as shown.
- Paint the figures in blue and off-white colours.
- Use bright colours to fill in the clothes and the borders of the cards as shown. Paint the face of the turtle and the tail of the fish.
- Highlight the painting with black paint or a thick marker and add details to the fish and the turtle.
- Paint the background with a dark colour. Let it dry thoroughly.
- Add a similar pattern in the background on both the cards to highlight the paintings. Your Matsya and Kurma Ganjifa cards are ready.
Dipika Gurnaney studied at the Sir J J School of Fine Arts and is a recipient of a scholarship from the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. Dipika has been teaching children art since 2002.