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


10 Replies to “How to paint Glass Tanjore Painting”

  1. Oil paints are a great medium of art which has produced some of the greatest artists all over. If one is willing to buy oil paintings, it becomes essential to know at least the biggest artists of all time and their works in order to differentiate between a great painting and cheap paintings.

  2. So can one combine acrylic ..oil enamel and solvent based paints in one painting itself.In that case what outliner do i use .,for it not to smudge .And do i need to spray with acrylic to seal the outliner from smudging.I thought we could not used water basedand solvent based paints together

    1. its true we cannot use water and solvent based colors together. for these tanjore glass paintings, the outliner line must be so thin. using rotring pen we can get the thin lines…
      nowadays, if we give a picture to the flex printing shop (some shops are there for this purpose), they will do the print on the glass itself and give it to u.

  3. Hi
    Your painting looks stunning and perfect. The color combination is fabulous. How did you achieve the perfect black outline for the painting? I have tried to do that with a very thin brush and acrylic paint. But its still not perfect. Any suggestions?

  4. your work is superb! i do not know what is this rotring pen. can you tell me what exactly it is? in one context you had mentioned that we have to use glass liners for the entite painting. kindly clarify.

    1. The rotaring pen varied in sizes by which we can draw thin/thick lines. Using outliner the outline we draw is only thick in nature. And we fill it with the glass colors.
      thanx frnd…

    2. DEAR MADAM,
      THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR REPLY. I WENT TO A SHOP IN OUR TOWN AND I COULD FIND A ROTRING ISOGRAPH PEN. FROM THE NET I UNDERSTAND THAT ROTRING ART PEN IS ALSO AVAILABLE. ISOGRAPH AND ART PEN. ARE THEY SAME? AND WHAT MEASUREMENT OF ROTRING PEN CAN I USE AS A BEGINNER?

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