Monday, December 12, 2011

How To Paint Glass Tanjore Painting

Yasoda Kannan IV

Step 5

I finished by giving the background color for the picture. Let it dry. 

Viewing Side (Front Side) of the Painting

Step 6


  • Choose traditional frame for tanjore paintings on glass. 
  • I'll frame it after two days of drying and pasting some aluminium foil(0.2 mm thickness which used as chocolate wrappings) over the glass colors wherever I applied the glass colors, just for the glittering effect.
  • This time I just covered wholly with foil. Apply the glue only on the sides where its given acrylic colors. 
  • Now mostly I replace glass colors with 3D colors, that wont require any foil behind them to reflect. 

Next see you with Framed Work....

Friday, December 9, 2011

How To Paint Glass Tanjore Painting

Yasoda Kannan III

Now starting with oil colors. You need two or three days for drying. If you are a first timer, apply the oil coloring one by one letting each color to dry. 

Step 4

Choose the skin color for Yasoda and I choose light pink for darker shades and whitish pink for light shades. However, she being a North Indian of wheatish white complex, as a divine one she is I add a pnikish tint to her skin. For this get a mix of little rose madder hue, lot of white, burnt umber a bit. For Kannan his original color of blue is to given. Get a mix of cobalt blue a little, white a lot, prussian blue a bit. Use brush to paint the edges of the design and within the design apply dabbing method. 

Have Glitter Sand (3D color) scattering here and there for the floor to shine up. Then go for oil color of your choice. 

Give the outer border filled with a acrylic color that matches your background color of the painting and the frame you going to choose. If you want you can give the border color first before going for oil colors. 

Viewing Side (Front Side) of the Painting

One more coloring is in due - for the background.....Pack Up....Meet u Tomo'....

Dabbing :
Take a bit of sponge, dip in the mix, just dab over the design.  

Saturday, December 3, 2011

How to paint Glass Tanjore Painting

Yasoda Kannan II

Starting with the pearl colors for costumes, we have to decide the colors that match. Yasoda's saree, its pallu, the veil, krishna's angavastra colors must compliment each other. Vibrant colors can be used. The glass reflects bright colors the most.

Step 3

At first, clean up the extra gold paintings that edges out of the design by using a hairpin or such a thing.

Color the fabrics of your choice with pearl/acrylic colors. Pearl color goes well with tanjore type paintings. It shows the richness of the figurines that we paint.

When we are painting the eyes, do with extra care. Have to leave some white space in the pupil of the eye. First color the black (not pure black, mix some white) pupil and left it for dry. After dried, give pearl white for the remaining part of the eye. 

For the hair also, mix some brown color with black, especially for childrens' hair. Always check whether the colors are fully filled the design, by just lifting the glass at 45 deg to let light.   

Next finish off with the pillars.For the pillars, I just go with 3D colors for the designed part and red acrylic for remaining. It blends well.

Viewing Side (Front Side) of the Painting

Tomo' we will be coloring the skin with oil colors

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How to paint Glass Tanjore Painting

                 Yasoda Kannan

                Krishna(Kannan) belonged to the Vrishni clan of Yadavas from Mathura, and was the eighth son born to the princess Devaki, and her husband Vasudeva The king Kansa, Devaki's brother, had ascended the throne by imprisoning his father, King Ugrasena. Afraid of a prophecy that predicted his death at the hands of Devaki's eighth son, Kansa had the couple locked into a prison cell and killed all seven.

                Krishna, who was born to Devaki as the eighth child, was given to Yashoda and Nanda in Gokul, by Krishna's father Vasudeva on the night of his birth. Thus, Yasoda was the foster-mother of  Krishna.With the discovery of Krishna's real parents as well as the public knowledge that he is the heir apparent of Mathura, Yashoda had to let go of her son in the end.

                Various childhood episodes or Lilas of Krishna, growing in Yashoda's household abound in Hindu religious texts. The stories of Krishna's childhood and youth tell how he became a cow herder, his mischievous pranks as Makhan Chor (butter thief) and his role as a protector of the people of Vrindavana.

Glass Tanjore Painting

Tanjore Paintings of Hindu God/Goddess done on Glass is decorative, attractive and cost less than Tanjore paintings. 

Kindly refer my blog post on Glass Tanjore Painting

Step 1

Have the design with reverse side of the transparent tracing sheet on the glass. 

Because we are drawing on the reverse side of the glass. 
So that it'll be perfect, when it's viewed from the front side. 

I draw the traced picture of Yasoda Kannan over the reverse side of the glass.

Keep a white sheet of paper underneath, so that the design is clearly seen. 

Step 2

Apply the gold color(Pearl metallic or Gold powder mixed) for ornaments and glass colors/stone colors/3D colors for stones in jewels.

When applying, just lift the glass and see whether the color completely filled the design. 

Viewing(front) side of the painting

Today, I just finished with this level. Day after tomorrow (two days time for drying) we will finish the acrylic/pearl colors for fabrics in the design.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mixed Media

                          Usually my portraits moreover reflect the people I draw. Sometimes, if the person not sit comfortably in my mind, the painting will go wrong... Then I change it to another one by just washing the whole thing over with other media...acrylic over oil - because I got tired of that medium (oil).  So the whole thing get a new look and I feel refreshed...Recently I did such one thing and that work got its due appreciation....  Moreover it wont dry irritates me a little...

Background being Oil  and  Landscape in Acrylic Colors

                         Always I start working with oil colors in a good mood and after the whole painting is over i was fed up as I have to clean up all the mess it created. 

  •  I keep my paints and palette, linseed oil, turpentine and brushes...over the old news papers
  • Taking out and storing the remaining mixed colors in the Pill Boxes.  
  • Wiping the remaining colors with the paper napkin. Buy one toilet roll and keep in handy.
  • Washing palette and the brushes with the scrubber and any lime mixed cleaners will do the rest. 

                         Back to reworking, many do such things... Some scrap out the oil painting from the canvas using the palette knife and rework it with the same medium...I know one such artist, that she quickly rework the wrong one into an abstract....I am not good at abstract...but better at semi abstract...  Whatever we do, its an art....

Monday, May 30, 2011

Fabric Painting

Needed  :

Fabric of plain color
Designs for border and pallu(refer AhilArt)
3D Colors  ( Fevicryl 3D outliner or Camel Fabrica acrylic 3D Glitter)
Carbon Paper (Orange)

Method :

  • Sketch the design using the orange carbon paper.
  • Using Fevicryl hobby ideas 3D outliner colors color it.
  • Dry it for an hour.
  • After fully dried (not touch dry), iron on reverse


Border Design

Pallu Design

Pallu Design

This type of designed sarees cost around Rs. 1500. If you have a plain color saree, some 3D colors, some creativity and leisure time, you would have a pretty good looking saree.