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Make Your Own Tanjore Painting

Welcome to the rare, colorful and unique world of Tanjore Paintings!  Tanjore Paintings has a history that dates back to the 16th Century and had limited output over the period of time. However, even after several hundred years, the tradition and art is alive. The art is difficult, but with a little bit of practice and patience one can master the art!

The Change in Style

Tanjore Painting

Conventionally, the painting has its very own style and technique. Though time has changed the stylization and the base concepts remain intact. For instance, the paintings are bright and sensationally beautiful. As you keep a Tanjore painting in your room, you will see a beautiful glow! Many expensive Tanjore paintings are made of gem-set and glided techniques. More intricate the design, more expensive will be the main product. A very important Tanjore painting depicts child Krishna and his tricks. However, time has introduced new shapes and designs into the painting. Thus, the technique remains the same, whereas the style differs from artist to artist.

How to Make Tanjore Paintings?

The Surface

Generally, the Tanjore Paintings are crafted on fresh, new canvass. The special canvas for exquisite Tanjore paintings can be a plank of wood. Usually, wood from jack-fruit trees were exploited extensively during early centuries. Nevertheless, modern day Tanjore paintings are made on plywood. Over the cleaned wood surface, a thick layer of cloth must be laid and pasted using strong arabic gum. Conversely, limestone stone paste must be rubbed on the cloth and let to dry.

Tanjore Painting Surface

The Painting brush

As the canvas becomes ready for the painting, you should draw a detailed sketch of the required painting. The sketch must be sharp and clear. You can create an enticing 3D effect using a good brush. Always remember that embellishments and ornamenting requires a very good, board brush.

The Colors

In most cases, golden leaves and stones of different shades are used to portray regions like pillars, dresses and thrones. Artists believe that the shine and glow of these colors would last for a very long time. Once you set the base hues, you must paint the sketch carefully. In early days, natural colours from organic products like vegetable dyes were used. However, nowadays, chemical paints are used extensively. The modern colors have the wit to enhance the vivid, crisp, sharpness and  contrast of the painting. Unlike ordinary paintings, Tanjore artwork uses dark brown for outlines and bright red for an eye catchy background. However, scholarly painters tend to use green at times. Tanjore painting has special colors for gods. For instance, Lord Vishnu, is shaded blue, Lord Nataraja is given chalk white, Lord Krishna is colored Yellow. Of course, universal entities like the sky is colored blue, with black to represent the night. As potential Tanjore painters, you can mishmash these colors to suit your taste.

Colors of Tanjore Painting


Once coloring comes to an end, its time to frame the painting! Tanjore paintings can be framed using two different types of frames. Namely the wood and Chettinad type. Usually, Chettinad type frame has special ornamental designs and carvings.

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