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How to make the most authentic & divine Tanjore painting

09.04.20 12:29 AM By Admin

There are various articles on the internet on making of Tanjore painting that use complex words making it very hard for a layman to understand it. To add on to the misery, the articles don't display the pictures of various stages of a Tanjore Painting. Hence this is our attempt to help user understand and appreciate the amount of work & artistry involved in the making of a Tanjore Painting.


The one in the picture is Durga Tanjore Painting in Bengal style. Size is 10 inch x 8 inch (board size). By Bengal style we mean the features of the subject. Bengal style subjects have bigger eyes and sharp eye brows as compared to the Traditional Tanjore style paintings that have calmer & smaller eyes and thicker eyebrows.

The following images & Videos elucidate the process of making of a Tanjore Painting using simple steps & images

    The Emboss effect - using muck

    1. The first stage of a Tanjore Painting involves creation of a board. 
    2. Check out the materials needed for tanjore paintings here: Prescribed materials for Tanjore paintings
    3. Once the board is prepared, a sketch is made with all the highlights - outline, place for stones, crown jewels, ear rings, necklace, etc. Then, stones are kept in earmarked places
    4. Following which, the emboss effect is created using muck - mix of Arabic gum and chalk powder
    5. The muck is laid using a cone shaped dispenser made of polythene paper. It makes the design. This is kept for a day to dry which results in the picture shown on the left
    6. If you are looking for a ready made Embossed muck boards on which you can do your paintings, you can buy here

    Featured Video - Durga Devi Design work Demo

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    Gold Foil on the earmarked areas

    1. Once the muck dries up, gold foil is stuck on the earmarked areas i.e., on the embossed areas. 
    2. The gold foil that we use is Authentic 22 carat gold foil. There are some fake gold foils in the market that fade off - it loses the golden colour eventually
    3. It is an art to keep the gold foil strategically on the embossed areas so that there is not much wastage. Nevertheless, some wastage is bound to happen
    4. Liquefied Arabic Gum is applied on the back side of the shaped gold foil, kept on the embossed area and pressed hard so as to highlight the emboss effect
    5. While pressing it should be ensured that there is no jerk as it creates wrinkle in the gold foil which is irreversible
    6. You can start making Tanjore Painting youself using the authentic materials available with us : Buy Tanjore Painting Materials online

    The Finishing Touch

    1. This is the final part. It starts with cutting off the extra gold foil leaf protruding out of the earmarked areas
    2. Gold leaf over the stones are cut removed with care
    3. Once this is done, designs are drawn on the gold leaf using a thin brush to highlight the relief work
    4. After this, background is painted followed by other areas
    5. The final part is painting the face of the deity. Extreme care is taken while doing this. The eyes have to be calm; there should be a slight smile like expression on face. The artist should be experienced enough to strike the balance between two extremes as it holds sentimental value for the possessor

    Framed & the Painting is ready to be adorned on your wall!

    • Framing is the final stage of the painting. It is done to protect the painting & the gold foil
    • A typical Tanjore Painting is framed using Teak wood, like the one shown in the picture
    • On the front side, traditionally glass is used. Some prefer Acrylic glass at the front nowadays as it is unbreakable
    • Now the Goddess painting is ready to be hung on your wall. Tanjore Paintings last for generations and will always remain as the most precious art item that you possess in your life time owing to the amount of skill involved and the materials used

    Frames: Explore Authentic Teak wood Frames for Tanjore Paintings of various types and sizes

    Materials and Painting used in the illustration
    • And if you would like to make this beautiful Durga painting your own, you can buy here - Devi Durga - Bengal Style Tanjore Painting 
    • We believe by now you would have fully understood the process of making a Tanjore painting. Due diligence needs to be followed while purchasing materials for Tanjore Paintings - it is not just an art, it is an asset that you will be passing on to your future generations reflecting our rich culture. Hence longevity is of paramount importance for Tanjore Paintings. We suggest you use only the prescribed materials for Tanjore paintings 
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