Two years back, a friend of mine gifted me a small address book with gemstone painting on the cover. She told me that the painting was done using ground gemstones. Since then, my quest to learn more about this painting has taken me through innumerable websites. But unfortunately my knowledge in gemstone painting is still limited.
The art of ground gemstone painting comes from the state of Rajasthan, India. Traditional techniques are used to make paintings out of semi precious gemstones such as amethyst, garnet, to name a few. These different gemstones are ground and used to bring out different colors in each painting. No artificial or synthetic colors are used.This process is entirely done by hand and thus these paintings do not loose their shine with time and they become as precious as the gemstones worn. These gemstones shine and give traditional richness. The painting is first sketched on back of the glass and then powdered gemstones are used, rather than paint, for color. This shows the highly creative and specialized art of the craftsmen of Rajasthan.
As I was searching for the gemstone painting technique I found a lot of Chinese gemstone paintings too. The difference is that they did not use powdered or ground gemstone alone but very small pieces of gemstones of different sizes and shapes. The beautiful designs were set on wooden board. I haven’t so far found the exact technique of doing it but there is always the thrill of finding more about it. As I learn I will keep updating this page.
I only found one supplier who had the gemstone powder. Here is the URL for their website:
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If you are interested in gemstone painting ( the way I did) you are welcome to give it a try.
Tools of the Trade
3. Remove the excess gempowder by slowly taping the glass.
4. After you have completed gluing the gemstone powder, take a painting brush and slowly clean up the glass as you might find small particles of the powder stuck to your glass.
5. Your final product is now ready for framing and display.
Sand Painting of Krishna