I was interested in traditional iconography from childhood, and was given the opportunity to experiment with traditional mediums
-Prepared the wood backing
-Created gesso by mixing rabbit skin glue and crushed chalk at a 1:1 ratio
-Applied to linen backing
-Made a ‘cartoon’ to transfer the icon from paper to the board
-Gilded and punched pattern into halo
-Made paints from egg, pigments and linseed oil
While it is not a masterpiece, it did provide insight into the methods that have been used for centuries in iconography and the level of skill needed to create such intriguing pieces of art.