Lama Shashi Dhoj paints over the design he sketched with charcoal.
While participating in a Restoration Works International volunteer trip to the Chhairo Gompa near Marpha in the Lower Mustang region of Nepal i watched Lama Shashi Dhoj sketched the base of several Buddhist deities. After sketching the outlines he paints over the design with a very fine brush, making the outlines permanent. After the outlines are painted Shashi Dhoj's brother Chakra applied decorative borders above the protector deities and then fill in the outline. Shashi will finish the paints by painting in the faces.
I am hoping to go back to the gompa to see the finished work.