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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.

4 – Main Stage to Learn Tanjore paintings

1 Board Preparation

In this stage is main we have to take the size of plywood we need for the paintings, we need White cloth required size to cover the paintings, then we have to dip the cloth in the fevicol and water in correct mixture then we have to cover the plywood with the cloth, we have to use yellow gobi with calk powder to put coating on the board then we need emery sheet to make the board smooth

2. Muck Board stage

After completing the above step u can trace the subject which we want to do, the we have to use jaipur stones, the we have to mix the chalk powder in 3 types for various stages like liquid muck, semi liquid muck, and thick muck, first we have to use liquid muck and want to apply inside the sketch, the we use semi liquid muck to apply the relief stage of the muck and then, we use thick muck to do the designs

3. Gold Foil

We always use 24crt gold leaf, for this stage, and we use arabic gum to stick the gold foil, we have to first take the impression of the muck, we have to cut the gold foil with following with the impression of the muck, then by using Arabic gum we have to stick the gold foil

4. Coloring

In this stage stages of colors we are using , first we use the base color and second stage we have to apply the light and shade of coloring and last stage includes ( Indian ink, white dots background colors, saree designs etc…)

Raw materials required

  • Plywood (water proof)
  • White Cloth (required size to cover the plywood u can get this from cloth stores)
  • fevicol (u can get it in Hardware’s)
  • Jaipur stones
  • Chalk Powder (u can get it in Hardwares)
  • Gold Foil (beware of Synthetic gold foil)
  • Arabic Gum
  • Good Scissors
  • Brush Size starts from 000, 0001, 1 2 3 4 5,
  • Set of Poster Colors,

These are the basic and must raw materials required for doing tanjore paintings….

Careful in buying gold foil…

Practice well before going to work on the board, coloring u can take practice for 2-3 times in chart paper once u get familiar in coloring then u color in board

All the very best complete the painting and send to us to display in our blog

If any doubts you can ask tanjore collections team