Hi Mamalynn, yes this helps. I will check out websites, thanks for the names. I'm not near any of those states-but maybe will find someone closer. Like in Omaha or Sioux City. Something tells me I won't get too far without a teacher. A ways back, I was at the oldest Russian Orthodox Church in North America (16oo's) up in Unalaska, Alaska and the mass was beautiful=in 3 languages and all sung. The icons were the first I'd seen in real life. I'd very much like to try my hand at this. So many thanks, looking forward to seeing your completed work with the gold and silver leaf.