Making of Tanjore Paintings by Madhurya

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Thanjavur Style Painting

material for tanjor painting

Paintings of Thanjavur - Coloring Process Part 2

Thanjavur paintings are rooted in tradition and known for their surface richness, vivid colors, compact composition and the glittering gold foils which are used to give the paintings their rich look. Olden day’s natural colors were used for the painting. Present day colors used for painting are poster colors which is available in local market. Artisan uses both squirrel tail brush and general brush available in market. The background is filled with royal colors like red, blue, green. White color is applied as a base color for the main character in the painting and yellow color for the side characters. Designs are also painted on the gold leaf to make the painting look elegant. Thanjavur painting’s specialty is the figures drawn are generally rounded and epic style, which makes it unique in itself compared to other paintings of south India. For more information visit Write to us at

Tanjore Series - Muck prep and Stones

Wooden board: Chalk powder: Craft glue: Brush set: Muslin cloth: Arabic gum: Gold leaves: Paints: Buy basic colours like red, blue, black and white Optional: Fine tip markers:

Paintings of Thanjavur - Filling Final Round

Thanjavur paintings are notable for their adornment in the form of semi-precious stones, pearls, glass pieces and gold. The first stage of painting process is preparing a base or canvas for the painting. Traditionally only three colors of stones are used in the painting that is red, green and white. The glass stones are fixed using adhesive on the places where jewels and accessories are drawn. Thin chalk powder paste is applied on the pasted stones and areas where embossed effect is needed. Once it is dried, wet cloth is used to clean the paste off the stones. Thick paste of chalk powder is poured in a cone to make the designs on the painting. This design is locally called ‘nice subbal’. The designs are drawn on the borders, jewels, thrown and on other accessories and kept to dry. Once dried, gold leaf is cut into required shape, size to paste on the embossed area and design. The next step is painting. For more information visit Write to us at

Tanjore paintings are the traditional form of Art in India which dates back to Marathas invasion of south India during 16th century. The beauty and uniqueness of tanjore paintings lies in the use of 22 carat gold foil and the natural colors applied for coloring purpose, along with semi precious stones. For Madhurya's collection of tanjore paintings visit:

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