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Sanjhi – The Art Of Paper Cutting

In today’s post on our Indian Art form series, I’m gonna talk about the art of paper cutting or better known as Sanjhi. Like the name itself suggests Sanjhi or paper cutting art is an art of paper cutting. The paper is cut in a way that the paper holds together and yet it shows a beautiful intricate pattern on it. For the complete tutorial on Sanjhi, watch the video below.

Sanjhi is practised in Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh in India. Though the paper cutting work is done all across the world, Sanjhi is little different. Sanjhi is said to have originated around 400-500 years ago in the 16th or 17th century. So like all the other Indian Artforms I have shared here previously, this art form is also very ancient. Some craftsmen believe that Sanjhi word is derived from Saanjh or Shaam which means dusk, the time of day when temple floors are decorated using these stencilled papers and on the other hand, some craftsmen believe that Sanjhi word is derived from saaj-sajja or sajavat which means decoration because these papers are used to decorate temple floors.

Paper Cutting Art
Image Source: The Hindu

Since it is a traditional art form of Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, the theme mainly depicts the life of Lord Krishna and his leelas. Temple floors and walls are decorated using these stencilled paper and rangoli (powdered colors). This art form is highly refined so it is mainly done by the Brahmin priests. Nowadays only a few families to be precise only 14 or 15 families are there in Mathura and Vrindavan who practice this art. If you are interested in seeing Sanjhi in temples then Radharaman temple in Vrindavan is the place where you can see this art. It is believed that Radhe (Radha) used to decorate her walls and floors using colored papers, foils, colored stones and flowers and leaves to woo Krishna and then all the other Gopis followed the suit. But during the Mughal period, the art form began to depict more scenes like Mughal architecture, floral and geometric patterns and various other scenes.

Paper Cutting Art

Like I said earlier, it is an art of paper cutting so only paper, specially designed scissors and sometimes blade is used to cut paper and then intricate mythological figures, floral and geometric patterns are cut into the paper. And here I would like to share an amazing fact that in its traditional form, craftsmen don’t draw or trace the design on the paper they would just make the paper cutting directly on the paper and it is done precisely that you wouldn’t be able to find any flaw.
Here I would like to mention two names who are still reviving this art form and keeping it alive. They are Mr Mohan Kumar Verma and Mr Ram Soni. They are fourth generation Sanjhi artists.

The process is simple. I have divided it into two steps
1. Draw/trace/print the design on paper and
2. Start cutting the design

Below are the supplies you’ll need to make paper cutting artwork.
1. Paper
For paper cutting art you will obviously need a paper. It can be a handmade paper,  good quality printing paper, watercolor paper or any paper from 90 gsm to 385 gsm. But remember the thinner the paper is, the easier it is to cut but that will increase the chances of making mistakes. The thicker the paper is, the harder it is to cut but then there will be fewer chances of tearing the paper accidentally. I’m using 120 gsm A4 size scrapbooking paper.


2. Cutting Mat
You will need self-healing cutting mat so that your work surface is protected. Otherwise, you’ll end up making the surface of your desk full of scratches. I would suggest you get the bigger mat as having a bigger cutting mat gives you enough working space and allows you free hand movement while cutting the paper. The mat given below has grid and patterns marked on both sides. This is a must-have item for a crafter or for people who love DIYs.

3. Blade or Scalpel
You will need a scalpel for cutting paper. So make sure you have some spare blades too in case you need them during the process. Keep all the spare blades safe in a case to protect yourself from accidental blade cuts.

4. Pencil, ruler and eraser
You will need a pencil to draw a design on the paper and ruler to cut straight lines.

1. Draw/trace/print the design on paper
 Place the paper on the work surface and for design either you can draw your own design like I did. If drawing isn’t your cup of tea then below is the template for you to copy. Just download and print it. There are several other websites from where you can download free paper cutting templates (Goole it). The printed side will be the wrong side so make sure you print the mirror image of the design. The design is cut on the printed side of the paper and once the other side will be the right side where no pencil marks or print will be visible. 
*Tip: Do not apply cream or moisturizer on your hands otherwise you’ll end up staining your paper.

I drew the fish with Pichwai lotuses especially for you all so that it is easier for you to start the paper cutting art with this easy template. All you need to do here is just cut out all the black or shaded part of the design carefully. For the outline of the fish please draw one more outline as I forgot to click that picture and while cutting that outer outline leave some tabs too (Watch the video for clear instructions) Once you are confident enough to cut complex designs, you can start cutting the fish design with intricate patterns. All the instructions are given in my YouTube video above.

Paper Cutting Art
Design Created by Disha Mishra Dubey

2. Start cutting the design
Now place the paper on the cutting mat and hold the knife like a pen and try to keep even pressure. Enjoy the process and relax. Don’t do it in a hurry. This process requires enormous concentration, patience and skills but it relieves your stress and you will love getting lost in it for hours. There’s no set way to learn paper cutting art. Keep practising and you will learn it.

Paper Cutting Art
Sanjhi – The Art Of Paper Cutting

For cutting straight lines you can use a ruler but for curved designs it is better to move the paper around. While making cuts hold the paper with the other hand for better control. Cut the paper deeply enough that it goes through the paper but not too deep. Remove the pieces of paper as you cut them out.  You can use the blade’s tip to lift the chip of paper and pull it with your fingers gently. If it doesn’t come out easily then use the blade to cut the paper where it is stuck and then it will come out easily.

Paper Cutting Art
Sanjhi – The Art Of Paper Cutting

To cut complex and intricate patterns, cut as close as you can to either side of the pencil line. Do it slowly and enjoy every bit of the process.

Paper Cutting Art
Sanjhi – The Art Of Paper Cutting
No matter how pro the artist is the blade sometimes slips and can sever the element of the design. Don’t panic. Use either sticky tape to fix the element or use a chip of paper to stick on the tear. Once the design is complete, reverse the paper to reveal the right side of the design. Now either you can get the design framed as is pressed between two glasses or you can stick the design on the contrasting paper to make it more interesting.
I have tried to place my paper cutting artwork on various colored papers and now I am totally confused about the right color background. Please help!!
Paper Cutting Art
(From top left to bottom right
Sapphire, Ochre, Maroon, Cyan, Brown, Black)
I hope you liked today’s post In case you try to make this art then don’t forget to share your creation with me on my Instagram or Facebook. I’ll be coming up with more creative posts. Stay Tuned!! 

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Indian Art Gallery Wall: Pattachitra Painting

My Pattachitra painting is ready and I could not believe my eyes when I saw the completed painting. Let me first tell you all that this painting was the most difficult one among all that I painted for my Indian Art Gallery Wall

Pattachitra is a famous art form of Odisha, India. Traditional Pattachitra is made on Patta or cloth/canvas and chitra means painting hence the painting got its name Pattachitra.

Indian Art Gallery Wall
The theme of this painting style is inspired by Hindu mythology like many other Indian art forms. I chose Dashavatar (ten incarnations of god) for my Pattachitra painting theme. Earlier I had attended a Pattachitra painting workshop and I had made a small Pattachitra bookmark on dried banana leaf. You can check out the tutorial and my first Pattachitra painting here.
I stuck the same bookmark in the center of the drawing sheet to start the painting and then drew Dashavatar around it. 
Indian Art Gallery Wall
Only main figures and bigger motifs are drawn using pencil/pen and rest of the detailing like filling gaps and border with patterns are done using a paint brush. Figures in Pattachitra are always well defined and motifs are quite detailed. 
Main colors used in Pattachitra paintings are yellow, red, blue, green, white and black. While filling colors, choose complementary color scheme as you go from the center towards the edge of the painting and choose analogous color scheme or tints & shades of the color to fill the patterns in a particular design. This practice makes the painting look vibrant and detailed. 
Indian Art Gallery Wall
Intricate patterns are filled in every figure and motif. Fine details like features of gods, goddesses, animals and birds and detailing on clothes are done meticulously using a fine paint brush. It took me three days to complete this painting and I was in awe once it was done. 
Indian Art Gallery Wall

Dashavatar you see in the above painting are Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Ram, Balram, Krishna (sometimes replaced by Buddha) and Kalki from the top left to bottom right respectively.  
My family and lots of my friends and readers are thoroughly enjoying this Indian Art Gallery wall series. Sometimes I receive emails and messages from my lovely readers saying how they are inspired to create one such wall in their homes too and how they keep checking my Instagram feed and blog just to check whether I have posted my next painting in this series. And some of them are so sweet that they even sent me some beautiful Indian folk paintings to complete the gallery wall. I will be posting about it in my next blog and that’s not all, I have a big news to share with you all too. So………..
Stay tuned!!

UPDATE: Embedded a video of Pattachitra painting tutorial below. 

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Indian Art Gallery Wall: Warli Painting

I am so happy that my “Indian Art Gallery Wall” is taking shape beautifully. You have already seen four different Indian folk paintings that I have painted for the gallery wall. Here is the fifth one, Warli painting of Maharashtra. 

I love and admire all Indian art forms but warli is the one that gave me lots of opportunities to enhance my skills, to interact with different creative and intellectual people and to excel in the creative field.

Indian Art

I had made this Warli painting three years ago. After I published the images of my First Warli Painting, one of my readers from the USA found a certain part of the painting so moving that he wanted me to paint and sell that painting to him. I painted the same and sent him happily. Below is the image of that painting. 
Indian Art form
After that, I received another request from one of my blog readers to paint warli painting on her balcony walls and that was quite an interesting, adventurous and fun project. You can check out the complete project of Warli wall painting here. Below is the image of that warli wall painting. 
Indian Art
Warli is the simplest and beautiful Indian art form. It is Introduced by warli tribe of northern Maharashtra. Warli means “a piece of land” and this art is inspired by nature. Style of the painting is very simple. Only geometrical shapes are drawn to make figures, like circles for head, triangles for body and lines for limbs.  
Indian Art

The theme of warli painting unlike rest of the Indian art forms isn’t based on mythology. Instead, it depicts day to day life and celebrations. I chose marriage celebration in a village as the theme of my warli painting. 
Indian Art Gallery Wall

Warli isn’t complete without some birds, huts, trees, carts and villagers performing everyday tasks like farming, pottery, getting water from the well, feeding chickens, cooking, grinding grains in grinding stone and kids playing around, a complete village scene that gives this art its true essence. 
Indian Art

My collection of various Indian folk paintings is growing fast and I am getting lovely messages, words of praise and encouragement from my dear readers. Thanks to you all for your love and encouragement. 
Keep watching this space for more!!
Have a lovely Sunday!
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Online Art Gallery AnYahh and Giveaway

Art washes away from soul the dust of everyday life.”
                                                                                      – Pablo Picasso
An artist can relate to this statement very well. But I think even if you aren’t an artist or painter, Art does affect the mind and brain of viewers too. Art has a powerful and positive effect on our mind and soul, it awakens and activates the senses, it stimulates the brain. 
Visual arts are like a feast for the eyes.
 Today on my blog, I am featuring an art gallery that is a feast for the eyes in the true sense. Dear readers introducing AnYahh art gallery,  an art gallery that aspires to give each person the privilege to own and appreciate real art. Now if I tell that you too can have an art or painting on very affordable rates, I know you will dance in joy 🙂 Lets have a look of what they have in store for you.

AnYaah Art Gallery

In their own words, “Our goal is to unravel the realms of art to all who desire to aesthetically enhance their lives with art. We assist art lovers in the acquisition of affordable art collectibles and cater to collectors, corporate organizations and clients who require customized work“.

AnYaah Art Gallery

AnYahh showcases a diverse selection of contemporary works by emerging artists. You can browse through their gallery and can pick a piece that reflects you.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Choose the Art that fits your home, your style and enhances the look and feel of your abode. A painting not only adds color in the home, but it also boosts the artistic taste. AnYahh offers you the best, whether you are looking for a traditional artwork or a contemporary style painting, or even seeking to customize a piece of art. 

AnYaah Art Gallery

Other than the paintings they have a beautiful collection of home decor and personal accessories. Browse through their ‘Art Collectibles’ section and you will be tempted to buy all of their collections. 
Now let me share a piece of news. I have recently got featured on the Hindustan Times Estate in a list of top Indian interior design bloggers and I have over 1555 fans on Facebook page now. That calls for celebration isn’t it. So in association with AnYahh I would like to give away one of my lucky readers something from AnYahh’s mesmerizing collection. 
What you have to do, to enter this giveaway:
Go ahead and check out their entire collection and let me know what you like the most. I will pick the lucky winner randomly. 
Now have a look what I have picked for you. One lucky winner will get any one of these:
1). Jewelry Box
2). Serving Tray
3) Set of Two Mugs & 2 Coasters
                                              With one more art mug 
Hurry readers, giveaway offer will end on 15th Dec. 

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Inspiring Eminent Artist: Vaishali Rastogi

Artist feature on Design Decor & Disha after a long time and trust me you will not believe that artwork done by this artist is actually a 3D quilling. Let me first introduce you to an amazing quilling artist Vaishali Rastogi. She left me speechless, I am really unable to describe her distinct style, intricate work and painstaking process involve in making every piece and hence Vaishali herself is enlightening us about her art.

I am Vaishali Rastogi, a 3D quilling artist. Thank you Disha for featuring me in your blog.
I was born and brought up in Meerut, U.P. and got married in 2013 in Lucknow- city of my present stay. 
Since childhood I was very fond of arts and crafts. 
It was in my Chartered Accountancy (CA) finals when I realized my passion for handicrafts. Not being much interested in CA, I dropped it and joined one year diploma in arts and crafts from Delhi.
I first saw a Youtube video on quilling while searching for something and got extremely fascinated by it. So,I decided to try it.
My first quilling creation was a 2D Photo Frame here is the image…..


 The second time I tried a 3D form of Kathakali Dancer and this too came out really well. Have a look….


Since then, I keep on striving to explore myself more in this art form. 
I can share from my experience, that Quilling itself is a time consuming technique. Doing it in 3D with extremely intricate detailing really takes a lot of patience, time, concentration and hard work. I put all my efforts and try to give more than 100% in every project and finalize it only when I am completely satisfied.

Completing a 3D project, like the ones I have made, takes me around 2 months working an average of 5-6 hours daily. Talking about my future endeavors, I want to achieve excellence in 3D quilling and want to see myself as one of the best Quilling artist.


Everyone is invited to visit my Facebook page named “Kagaz Kala Creations by Vaishali”.
You can get in touch with me for any queries and feedback on Facebook or through my e-mail 

She is truly a blessed artist. I am amazed with her energy and dedication for her work. One more reason to love Handmade. If you also love handmade then don’t forget to visit her Facebook page and spread some love by liking her page. 
Catch up with all the other Inspiring Artist featured on 3D Click Here
Coming up next on blog is about a website that is combination of some most surfed websites on internet. Exciting yaa!!
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Inspiring Eminent Artist: Shilpa Singh

                                    It’s time again to meet one more inspiring artist here on 3D. I met her during one exhibition, the stall that caught all my attention and I got lost looking at her fabulously done paintings was the stall of this wonderful artist who amazed each and every visitor by her excellent artwork. Please welcome Shilpa Singh, a woman of many talent. Over to Shilpa:
My name is Mrs. Shilpa Singh a homemaker and I do have interest in making Paintings and sketches. I make various kinds of paintings like:
Pencil Sketches where you sketch n shade with the help of pencils. This can be a portrait or any natural scene. Just black and white. 

Art And Artists

Madhubani  painting is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state. Madhubani paintings mostly depict the men & its association with nature and the scenes & deity from the ancient epic.

Art And Artists

Orissa Paintings which depicts inspiration behind the Pattachitra Paintings is the beautiful ancient murals painted on the walls of temples.

Kangra Paintings finest art work from Himanchal Pradesh themes of eternal love between Radha and Krishna. Also, Kangra paintings depict the feminine charm in a very graceful manner. Beauty of female with sharp features and colorful dresses with pearl ornaments is the defined beautifully. 

Art And Artists

Lastly, Canvas Paintings showing great combinations of color with different figures relating mood and atmosphere. 

Art And Artists

Thank you so much Shilpa for sharing with us about your passion. I have seen all her paintings and I must say she is very talented artist on a multitude of levels and truly has an eye for detail. 
Do you like her artwork then leave your comment below or shoot a mail at [] and she would be happy to answer your queries. She can create a piece of work especially for you. If you have something in mind just let her know and she will be ready to shape your dreams.
Have you met some more inspiring artists on my blog earlier…no then click here. Enjoy reading about artists and get inspired 🙂

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Inspiring Eminent Artist: Pooja Ajmera

So it’s time again to meet inspiring and talented artist. 
Introducing you to a girl who creates magic with her “Teekhii Chhurii”. Readers please welcome Pooja Ajmera, a paper cutting artist and founder of ‘Teekhii Chhurii‘. You will be amazed to know that she left her corporate career and followed her heart, her passion for art of paper cutting(Sanjhi). 

Paper Cut

Warm welcome on 3D Pooja, I am very happy to have you here. We are desperately waiting to know more about you and your artwork.
Thanks for having me here. I am a paper cutting artist who started Teekhii Chhurii, where I create one-of-a-kind artwork.

I haven’t come across this kind of art before. Will you please enlighten me on this. 
Paper cutting is an art form which is very slow unlike everything else in today’s world. It requires tons of concentration and patience. The paper is hand cut and designs come to alive. I am also trying to revive a dying art form of India called Sanjhi.

Papercut Vintage Key

I am glad to know Pooja that you are trying to keep the age old art form alive. Being an artist I can understand that art is a passion for an artist. So when was the first time you came across this art and how it became your passion.
I knew about paper cutting since sometime before starting with Teekhii Chhurii but had never really tried my hands at it. So this one day, when I had to gift a birthday present to my sis-in-law, I thought of creating something unique for her rather than picking just one of the things available at shelf in the stores. I made a papercut out of the design that was there on my bedspread that day and then after finishing it, I created one more design and then one more design and it went on for few days when I realized, this is something which I want to for rest of my life. It was a AH-HA moment for me!

So this is how destiny knocked on your door 🙂
Share your experience when you finished the very first project, were you completely satisfied with the result, did you find any difficulty cutting the paper in desired shape and pattern for the first time.
When I made my first papercut, I was so happy with it. I was amazed and didn’t know I have so much of patience within me. Since it was the first time, of-course it was difficult to cut it as I didn’t know the do’s and don’ts of the art. But yes, anything done with love is bound to look great. That art piece adorns the wall of my sis-in-law’s house now.

What are your tools that you use for creating such beautiful master pieces. What are the challenges you face as you work with sharp objects. What are the safety measures you use.
The tools used for paper cutting are very simple. I just use a pencil, a knife, a mat and a single sheet of paper. The only caution to be taken is to be a little careful while using the blade or you might end up cutting your finger.

Paper Cut Rose

If you look back at the year when you started paper cutting how long have you come and how has been your journey so far. 
It’s hardly been time, so I can’t really call it a journey but yes, it has been like a ride of roller coaster which was full of ups and downs and I am happy it was that way or else what is the fun when life just goes on a plain road without any turns and hurdles. It has been a good experience so far where I met and interacted with so many good people who cherish the work I do and support and encourage me to move ahead.

Paper Cut Auto Rickshaw

True that hurdles in life come to make us even better.
You have created so many wonderful art pieces. Which one is your favorite and why.
All the papercuts I create have a hidden story behind them and hence they are all so close to my heart and sometimes I find it really difficult to let the artwork go. It is extremely hard for me to choose the best one that I made till date because I put my heart and soul in each paper cut I create and only after I am completely satisfied I get them framed.

Other than paper passion what excites you and you love to do in your spare time. 
I love to learn new things. But paper cutting is a very time consuming art form. It requires lots of time to create a single piece. So frankly I am hardly left with time to practice and do different things. As I work on weekends and on all holidays too! I recently learnt tarot card reading and that is taking up all my spare time lately. So sometimes its music, sometimes its jogging or sometimes painting..anything that interests me.

Paper Cut

You have some amazing pieces of artwork. Can you share where one can see and buy your artwork. 
As of now, some of my work is there on my facebook page – Teekhii Chhurii. People can message me on facebook or drop a email at and the rest will be taken care of.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists and I would love if you say a word or two for my readers also.
All I would like to say is, “Dare to dream and follow your passion. There are no substitutes to hard work. Success will come sooner or later”.

Thank you Pooja that’s a beautiful mantra of successful and happy life. Thanks for taking time out for us and letting us know about this beautiful art form. I wish you a great success ahead!!

Folks have a look of her art work on her Facebook page and you will be spellbound. Leave a word or two here in comment section to let her know what do you think of her art work.
In case you missed earlier post on Inspiring Eminent Artists Click here to read. Wish you a lovely and creative weekend ahead!!

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Inspiring Eminent Artist: Smita Bakshi

So this is the first post of new year and I wish all my readers a very wonderful and very happy new year. I am starting this year with a very creative artist and art lover Smita BakshiLets meet Smita and know how she rediscovered her lost passion and I am sure you will be inspired. Over to Smita…………

 First of all I would Like to thanks Disha for featuring my artwork on her blog.  I am so much in love with her creativity.
I am Smita Bakshi an MBA, HR Manager by profession. I am very professional, focused and methodical when it comes to work. I have been doing good in my career. I am married and have a seven year old boy and eventually they are married to my art work now. I have been very creative and art has always been my first love. I started painting when I was ten years.  I remember drawing the diagrams for my friends in their projects. I had made a lot of paintings which still hang at my relative’s, friend’s and my own home. It gives an immense pleasure to have the love and respect gotten from all of them.

 Life changed after I finished the school,  all these years I had been so busy that I almost forgot that once I was an art lover.  Last year I had a doctor’s appointment and while waiting for my turn I randomly started sketching and from then it never stopped………

Amazing isn’t it

Oh!! I just love these cushions……….

I don’t consider myself an artist. I’m just not comfortable with that word at all. I like to just think of it as pursuing and living a creative life. I am me, a person who creates because it makes my soul happy, centers me and fills me with a sense of self satisfaction and joy. In fact, my husband didn’t even know that I could draw until I started SketchiiStudio and so did all of you who are reading about it, take some time out from your busy life and find the “YOU” in Yourself.

About my Art :
SketchiiStudio is my creative space. It makes me happy to have my own space , a dedicated space and filled with the things that inspire me and make me feel good, just like I did.  Creativity makes my soul happy, centers me and fills me with a sense of self satisfaction and joy.

My style of work is primarily figurative and abstract so I mostly do illustrations and abstract art. My art is made very creatively with a lot of detailing. I absolutely adore pure and bright colors and love to challenge god’s natural chroma and patterns within my imagination. I use ink, water color and acrylics on paper and canvas mostly. I have promised myself to have at least one artwork added every fortnight. So stay tuned and visit my page – SketchiiStudioI have recently opened my shop.

Thank you so much Smita for joining us. Wish you great success ahead!!
Here are some links where you can get in touch with Smita and check out her amazing creations.
My Shop :

This is a lovely start of new year on 3D. In case you missed reading about artists I featured last year then get inspired here.

All images are provided by Smita Bakshi and are subject to copyright. Please don’t use them without permission.

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Indian Art: Tanjore Art Of Tamil Nadu

Posts in ‘Indian Art’ series on my blog is my endeavor to bring back the lost charm of various ancient Indian art forms and to let more and more people know about rich culture and heritage of India.

Tanjore or Thanjavur is an age old art form of South India and got its name from ‘Thanjavur‘ a place in Tamil Nadu where this art form originated and it was the capital of Chola Empire. Origin of this art form dates back to 1600AD.

Tanjore Painting
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Tanjore originated during the reign of ‘Nayaks’ ‘Marathas‘ and ‘Cholas‘. Marathas encouraged the art form and it flourished during 16th to 17th century.
These paintings are very ancient and miniature type of paintings. Paintings mainly consist of a main figure usually deity, figure appears prominent in paintings with well rounded body and cherubic face. Main figure is enclosed in a meticulously crafted enclosure in form of arch or curtain. Paintings are bright and vibrant. 
Most striking feature of the paintings are that they are decorated using 22/24 carat gold foil, semi precious stones, cut glasses and pearls to give it a rich look. 
Tanjore Painting Krishna
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Theme of the painting is mainly Hindu God and Goddesses, mainly Krishna, Balaji, Lakshmi & Ganesha.
Paintings are bright and faces of main figure are made divine.
Tanjore Ganesha
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There are several steps involve in making Tanjore painting.
1. Canvas Preparation: Canvas is prepared by pasting a clean cotton/muslin cloth (that is dipped in glue+water solution) on plywood. Let it dry. Now apply a coat of chalk powder paste (Chalk powder + Water + Glue) on canvas and let it dry for a day. Now rub canvas with emery paper to make canvas surface smooth.
2. Choose and then trace the design on canvas using carbon paper.
3. Muck work or embossing: Muck or paste of chalk powder + Arabic gum + glue is then applied on the desired area of the painting using round brush. Let it dry
4. Gem setting or decorating: Now stick stones, gems and pearls on the design and let it dry for a day.
Apply one more layer of embossing paste to make painting more beautiful. use ball pen to make design on embossed areas. Then comes the most important step of the painting, pasting of gold foil on the embossed design. Apply glue on the embossed area and paste gold foil carefully on it and press gently with your thumb, cut the extra part of foil using cutter. Now remove gold foil that is pasted over stones, gems and pearls. You can use any needle like sharp object to remove foil that is over the stones.

Tanjore Painting
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5. Last step is painting the remaining area of the painting, like body of the main figure and the background. Body is painted mainly in white color with tint of pink or blue. Slight shading is done on main figure. Background is painted in bright colors like red, green or blue. Once the painting is complete it is then framed.
I found Tanjore paintings breathtakingly beautiful and process of making these paintings make them even more special. This framed art in any place never fails to add charm and beauty. Hope you enjoyed reading about this art.
Read more about different ancient Indian Art forms here.

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Madubani Painted In Natural Dyes

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

Few days ago when I decided to paint the Madhubani art that my sister had drawn for me an idea sparked in my mind. The idea was to paint the Madhubani art in natural dyes to give it a perfect look and feel of an ancient art form of India. Here is my artwork.

Madhubani Painting in natural dyes
Sorry for the bad picture quality

Here is how I prepared natural dyes:
1 part Turmeric powder+2 part water+ boil = Yellow Color
Leaves (preferably spinach/smooth gourd/beans) + crush and squeeze = Sap Green
1 Part Beetroot + 2 Part water + boil = Red color
1 part Blueberries + 2 Part water + boil = Blue color

You can use various flowers and vegetables to get different colors. Once you are ready with your natural dyes you can get more hues by mixing colors for example mix red and yellow to get orange, mix blue and yellow to get green etc.

Madhubani Art
My palette of natural colors 

 It was really a big task to fill the colors in this art as it has very intricate design and I completed it with utmost dedication and lot of patience.  

Madhubani Painting

Closer look at the intricate work.

Madhubani Art
Madhubani Painting
Madhubani Design
Madhubani Pattern
Madhubani Fishes

I loved the painting totally. It has come out as I wanted it. Check out more about other Indian art forms here