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Wax on, wax off - Varnishing an icon with bee's wax

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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 the painting*,. The short video displays the polishing, the soft, slow and rythmic circular movement with a pure coton cloth. Exactly like :

"Wax on, wax off"

The simplest way to prepare the egg medium (for egg tempera)

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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 yolk and then the equivalent amount of vinegar in the plastic glass (with a couple of droplets of water) mix them well and afterwards  transfer them in the other glass, through the plastic mesh strainer in order to filter the yolk sack.

Color Red; colouring the garments of Mary Magdalene

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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 with other women (named Holy Myrrh-bearers in the Orthodox Church), risked and gave everything for Him and rewarded by being the first to Witness His resurrection.

And I believe that is the same element we highlight by painting martyrs in red- The element of nobility, acquired not by heritage but by their virtues and their suffering.

Painting all angels- Theory behind Sinaxis (assembly) of the 9 orders icon

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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: