Traditional Byzantine iconography.

We begin with the selection of the wood. Wood is processed in case it is several years old, to make it solid. The types of wood used are standard, such as cypress wood, Katrani Beech, lime and plywood. Antique images are mainly made from old cypress wood over 100 -150 years old, which we find in medieval houses on the island of Rhodes. After we have found and processed the wood, we stuck it on cotton or linen fabric with natural glue (glue from rabbit skin). After a few days we heat a mixture of glue at about 50 degrees of Celcius mixed with chalk. This creates a semi-liquid mixture in which we successively varnish (10-12 times) on the surface where we stick the fabric and allow the material to dry out for some days. Once the preparation dries, we rub the surface until it becomes smooth and flat. Then we design the theme, plot and varnish the area where gold leaf is pasted (22-24 carats) succesed by gilding. The next step is to begin the drawing of the icon.

The colors used for the painting of the icons are powder colours mixed with egg yolk, white wine or vinegar and a minimum amount of sanctity. When the work is complete we let it dry and then polish it with a 100% natural varnish sandaraka, damari or mastic of Hios thus providing the opportunity after many years of easy maintenance of the image.



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