Spotlight Art: Tanjore Painting

Our latest Spotlight Art workshop shows you the four key stages of the Tanjore art of gold leaf painting. 


The Spotlight Art program with Plano Public Library, previously 18st AIRSpace Artist-in-Residence program, has gone virtual! Typically, this is through an art exhibit, demonstration and in-person workshop. 

Shikha Bajaj is a Plano-based artist. She trained in India as a fashion designer, and has experience in multiple artistic mediums, including Tanjore painting. You can learn more about this artist, and see various works of art on her website

A Tanjore painting is a traditional Indian Gold Leaf painting characterized by surface relief work, vibrant colors and embellishments of semi-precious stones giving the work a three dimensional effect. Watch Spotlight Artist Shikha Bajaj demonstrate the Tanjore art of gold leaf painting, and join in using your own supplies. 


Continued learning: 

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center 

Comprehensive database providing detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of hobby enthusiasts. Explore the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center with our Getting Started blog post

Requires a Plano Public Library card 


Be sure to check out our other Spotlight Art blog posts

Print Making and Journaling with Sheila Cunningham 

Spotlight Artist Sheila Cunningham demonstrates how to carve images into various materials to make stamps as part of the printing process, and how to make a side-bound journal with visual journaling exercises 


Gouache and Mixed-Media Painting with Courtney Hitt 

Spotlight Artist Courtney Hitt shows you how she makes a masterpiece using gouache, acrylic paint and a variety of items to make markings 


Fur Fashion with Christine Song 

Spotlight Artist Christine Song, a fashion illustrator, works with two colors of acrylic paint (black and gold). Watch, as she demonstrates how she uses these shades to paint different types of fashionable furs 

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