10 years ago
Ever wonder how an icon is painted? This Monastery Icons time lapsed video shows the creation of an icon from conception to completion. The icon shown in this video is a Byzantine style icon of the Holy Family.
First, examples are chosen, then the best features are combined in a preliminary sketch. The sketch is then transferred to the gessoed icon panel and etched into the gesso. The gold leaf is applied to the halo and background if gold leaf is going to be used. The painting then begins, starting with the background colors and layers. Layer after layer the lights and shadows are applied, until the final icon is produced.
To see a clearer video on How to Paint an Icon, visit the Monastery Icons website at: http://www.monasteryicons.c...