Tibetan Thangka painting: methods & materials
Snow Lion Publications, Aug 30, 2006 - Art - 202 pages
Tibetan Thangka Painting is the only detailed description of the techniques and principles of the sacred art of Tibetan scroll painting. It is the distillation of research carried out over a period of ten years, collected during five journeys to Nepal and India, and compiled from some twenty traditional painters.
This book presents, step-by-step, the techniques used to make a thangka, from the preparation of the canvas to the final application of the sacred syllables behind each completed figure.
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Amdo applied areas Avalokitesvara azurite base colour binder Bo-dong bodhisattvas border brocade Buddha burnishing Bzo gnas canvas charcoal cinnabar cloth clouds coats commonly composition crags deities depicted designs dilute dkar dmar drawing dried dry shading gesso glue gold grinding gser hairs hide glue iconometry India indigo inner frame Jam-dpal-rdo-rje lac dye Ladakh landscape Legdrup Gyatsho Lhasa lines lotus main figure malachite mdangs measure Mi-pham-rgya-mtsho mineral minium mixed mthing mtshal Nepal Newar nimbus ochre orange orpiment outlining pa'i Padmasambhava painting surface petals pigments powder preparation proportions realgar religious rgya Robert Beer Rong-tha rten Sambhogakaya Samvarodaya Sde-srid shing sketch skya smooth spang stencil stick stretcher strokes Tantra technique thang thangka painting thig thin Tibet Tibetan art Tibetan artists Tibetan painters tradition tshad tshon undercoat usually vermilion vertical Wangdrak washes wrathful deities yellow yi-dam zhu mkhan Zhu-chen