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How to Create Tanjore Paintings

Tanjore Painting creation consists of following stages

  1. Canvas preparation
  2. Trace the design
  3. Sculptural Stage
  4. Decorating Stage
  5. Improvise Stage

Canvas Preparation

Pure and clean cotton cloth is pasted over a Teak or plywood to form canvas.

Trace the design

In second stage a rough sketch made of the gods & goddesses and also for the places where the gems have to be placed.

Sculptural stage

This stage is called relief work where a mixture of Arabic gum and chalk powder is applied with painting brush. The gems are fixed in this mixture, so that they look embedded in it.

Decorating Stage

Gold foils are cut into required shape and pasted over the art with the help of glue and cloth. Now it appears as if the gems are embedded in the gold itself. This work also is tedious and needs a lot of patience.

Improvise Stage

Coloring stage, usually white color is used and the shaded by pink color. The background is usually dark hue of blue, red or green. These contrast colours contrast are used as they make the gold work stand out.

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