Making of tanjore painting step by step procedure.

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Today we are going to see how to make tanjore painting in step by step process

Steps of making Tanjore paintings.

  • Board Preparation
  • Tracing of a required subject (today we are taking ganesha)
  • Sticking stones on the traced image
  • Muck work
  • Gold foil
  • Coloring

The above is the procedure of making Tanjore painting.

First we are going to take a 12 in x 15 inch water proof ply wood to make the Tanjore painting. then by using gada cloth and fevicol we need to start preparing the board. We need to rinse the cloth in the fevicol and then we need to stretch the cloth over the board and need to make it dry.

Then we need to give coating using yellow gobi and make it dry. Then we need to make it smooth by using emery sheet.

Now the board is ready to make Tanjore painting.

First we need to choose the subject, we have taken ganesha for this post.

Keep the sketch (outline) above the board and start the tracing the subject (ganesha) use good carbon for better result.

Below image show how to keep the sketch and trace.

tanjore painting sketch

tanjore painting sketch

Once we completed the tracing, now we need to stick the Tanjore painting jaipur stones above the trace we have done kindly see the below image.

tanjore painting stone sticking stage

tanjore painting stone sticking stage

After sticking the Tanjore painting stones only we need to start the muck work. We need to use three types of muck.

  • Liquid muck
  • Semi liquid muck
  • Paste type of muck

First we need to use the liquid muck to fill the area we require; in this stage we need to decide which part we are going to do the coloring and which area we are going to stick gold foil. Based on we need to fill the liquid muck. Make it dry for few hours. Then by using the semi liquid muck and paste type muck we need to make the designs. Below is the muck board stage

tanjore painting muckboard

tanjore painting muckboard

After completing the muck work, make it dry for few hours, the take gold foil and Arabic gum to complete the Tanjore painting gold foil stage like given below.

tanjore painting gold foil stage

tanjore painting gold foil stage

Once the gold foil work completed the board is ready for coloring, below we have placed the full finished Tanjore painting for your reference

tanjore painting coloring

tanjore painting coloring

This is how we are making Tanjore painting. the above is the step by step method of making Tanjore painting or steps by step process of making Tanjore painting .

Hope this post will help you to make your own Tanjore painting of your own. If you need any guidance, please feel free to contact us any time. We are here to help you.


Tanjore Collection Team.


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