A mahlstick (or maulstick) mostly handmade is an essntial tool for painting icons. It allows working on vertical surfaces without touching the fresh colors, but it also keeps the (shaky and tired) hand firm and rested in the long hours of icon...
June 7, 2020
One of the most traditional varnishes is the a mixture of white beeswax with pure turpentine - the one that we call in Greece "keronefto" The best part of using this material, it  the way by which the natural varnish is gets absorbed by...
February 5, 2020
Here's the simplest (and most amateurish) but efficient :) way to prepare your egg medium: You will need: An Egg yolk, equal quantity of vinegar, a plastic mesh strainer, two  glasses, and a container to store the liquid Put the egg...
October 23, 2019
Why red and what type of red when it comes to the garments of St Mary Magdalene? To highlight theelement of wealth and nobility* in the woman which, when freed from evil spirits , followed and supported materially Jesus throughout His teaching along...
November 1, 2018
The icon depicts the moment where Satan, Lucifer, fell away from God (and drew a part of the angels with him to destruction). At this moment Archangel Michael stood up and cried out before the faithful angels: Let us attend! Let us stand aright! Let us...
October 14, 2018
A (very challenging, yet very satisfactory) study of an icon,  the very first image of the type "Pantocrator" (All might God) - painted around 6th century AD.   I approached the icon as a "bridge" piece between ancient (...
August 17, 2018
Long time since I wrote a "how to" post - This time, I thought to deal shortly with top coats and the traditional ways to finalize your work. Egg-tempera is a very fine and durable material as long as it remains protected from insects (that...
April 9, 2018
A Greek engagement or wedding party, could never be complete, without a gift for its guests: The traditional boubouniera, a small "sweets bag" with sugar coated almonds. The sweets-sometimes made with bitter almond and sugar" ...
February 3, 2018
Byzantine painting , an art form that  was expressionism centuries (maybe a milennium) before expressionism /symbolism or surrealism ever even existed. Some of the characteristic elements of this painting "genre" that point...
August 26, 2017
The first iconographer painting the very first icon- A sequence, an icon inside of another icon- The story of the first icon (Panagia Odegetria) painted by the first iconographer (St Luke the evangelist) – The icon of Theotokos with Christ...
July 22, 2017