Before the painting of the icon I prepare the wood using the same technique which the old iconographers used. For this purpose only traditional materials are used. Most of the icons which have been painted by the old iconographers, using traditional materials, have still been preserved in a good condition.
The technique which is used to paint icons using 24 carat golden leaf. We know very well the burnished gold technique,which is extremely difficult and needs to be done by a very experienced and high skilled professional. As you will note in the photos , the technique (beaten gold) which the halo is decorated is also very difficult and demanding to achieve.
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