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11-27-2013, 01:04 AM
I have many books on Orthodox Byzantine Icons where they tell you about how to make skin color like the books from Dionisie Of Furna and
Treaty of Cennino Cennini painting but they use old terms and materials,tried many types,some skins are just like brown other with a twist of pink,are there any experts on this , see 2 different types bellow about the skin colour !



11-28-2013, 05:50 AM
They use special prepared wood panels, natural earth pigments, cinnabar (God created everything you need to paint. Do not use synthetic ingredients!), vinegar and egg emulsion and gold leaves. Deep oiling out after painting and final varnishing using strong, non-removable Copal varnish. Varnish must be very durable, which seals weak paint well.


Many lessons are on youtube :)


Very interesting!

12-03-2013, 02:10 AM
Icons were primarily done in egg tempera paint (sometimes done as a fresco), usually a mixture of pigment, egg yoke, and water. Because of this, tempera requires preparation and techniques some what different then oil paint. For one egg tempera dries very fast and the mythologies of the tempera painter reflect this. It is these techniques that give tempera its look.
To some degree, egg tempera style can be mimicked in oils and acrylic paint by minimizing blending. But here is an example of a modern artist doing icons similar to ones in your pictures.