Human beings are born creative and then learn not to be creative as they grow older. A creative soul can bring a block of wood to life or carve ethereal figures from stones or take a piece of earth to craft exquisite idols. People who retain their spark of innovation seek out unique mediums to express their creativity. Moulika Dey from Kalyanpur in the Amta Assembly constituency of rural Howrah, is a wealth of talent. A Class VIII student at Bagnan Girls’ High School, Moulika eschewed conventional mediums and used soap packets, toothpaste containers, a cellphone box and more to turn them into canvas, creating stunning miniature paintings on them.
Moulika has been a passionate artist ever since she knew how to hold a pencil correctly. What started as her journey to explore the visual world around her through doodles, gradually took shape and turned into her passion. As a child, she often became grumpy like any other child and whined and howled for attention. During these stressful times, her mother discovered the most practical way to calm her down. She sat her down with some colored pencils and an album. Moulika would be lost for hours, exploring her creative world with her prized possessions for company.
Moulika aspires to become a doctor and her family is very supportive of her decision. She is serious about her studies and studied diligently and did well in her school throughout. His only form of entertainment is art. She is passionate about art and whenever she needs a break from her schedule she finds peace and solace in her drawing books and wide range of colored pens/pencils and paints collected from childhood. She is also innovative and looks for ways to express her artistic desire in a unique way that is different from ordinary stuff. Her research led her to her new medium: discarded packets, soap and toothpaste boxes, medicine boxes and cardboard boxes. She had the idea of recycling waste. She cuts them into small formats and then, using watercolors and pencils, creates stunning miniature paintings of birds and animals, hermits and beggars, scenes from the natural world and a myriad objects she observes in her vicinity. She has an incredible talent and achieves a work of art in a very short time. Making art is one of the most demanding and difficult human activities. Not only does this require imagination, vision and knowledge, but it also requires fantastic physical skills. Only surgery comes close to the virtuosity required of the miniaturist.
Miniature painting, in addition to the usual artistic abilities, requires great concentration, patience, a very steady hand, extreme caution in handling delicate work and of course the desire to submit to these additional burdens only for the purpose to create art on a smaller scale and artists like Moulika who embrace the genre, find it enchanting and addictive.
As Jen Dulong says, “Painting small-scale models is a way to create order. You have to plan your time and your tools very precisely, be aware of what you are doing at all times, plan the workflow, decide what you need to focus on first. The miniature gives you information as you progress and as such makes painting fun and challenging! »
Moulika only paints when she has time to take her eyes off her textbooks and reference books and take a break. She took 40 days to draw 532 miniature paintings on pieces of paper. The size of each frame is between 3.5 centimeters and 3.8 centimeters. Her commendable work has been recognized and she has already entered into the Book of Records of India. It has definitely encouraged her to further explore the vast world of art and she intends to pursue art with a passion alongside her academics.
Miniature Painting: Surely no other genre is so enchanting or contagious when it comes to how it captivates, charms and excites us to the point of wanting to cherish it so closely while announcing it to the world from the rooftops!
Painting small-scale models is one way to create order. You have to plan your time and your tools very precisely, be aware of what you are doing at all times, plan the workflow, decide what you need to focus on first. The miniature gives you information as you progress and as such makes painting fun and challenging!
Jen Dulong, EU