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Icon RESOURCES

FOR STUDENTS  at Icon Retreats

Icon resources and the materials that I use in icon writing are pure pigments, egg yolk, and 23K gold leaf gilding.   I usually bring most of the materials to class but if you’d like to purchase your own, as somewhere down the line you probably will, here is a list of what I recommend:

Brushes:

Watercolor:  Sable  is good, synthetic also works: #0, #1, #3, Windsor Newton is a good brand, but there are many other good ones to choose from.  I often shop for brushes at Dick Blick.  Occasionally they have brush sales!

Pigments: Natural Dry Pigments  in earth colors are suggested:

Pigment sets

Icon Sets

Compass

Icon Boards

Pandora Icon Boards   

St. John’s Workshop

Hand Carved Boards by Miroslav

Dylan Harley Icon Boards

Icon Panels on Masonite- Tru-Gesso

Icon writing is meditative way to engage in prayer and painting.  All the steps of Icon writing with egg tempera and gold leaf gilding are taught and demonstrated in each class.  It is suggested that prospective Icon writing students have a church that they attend regularly, and a spiritual director. ICON WRITING is a spiritual discipline and requires commitment and a seriousness of approach in order to receive the most benefit from the classes.

Icon Retreats

The materials that I use in icon writing are pure pigments, egg yolk, and gold leaf gilding.   I usually bring most of the materials to class but if you’d like to purchase your own, as somewhere down the line you probably will, here is a list of what I recommend:

You May Wish to Bring Some of These to Class:

  • plastic round palettes (Dick Blick)
  • at least 3 round watercolor brushes (000, 1, 3)
  • small water containers
  • paper towels, q tips
  • pencil,erasers, sharpie
  • sketch book
  • tracing paper
  • ruler
  • notebook to keep notes and drawings
  • pigment set (Natural Pigments or Pandora)

For the first icon, we usually use a drawing  that I bring of an Icon before the sixteenth Century.  After that one is completed, you may choose a simple icon , one figure, that was created before the sixteenth Century,  as long as the model is a good one.  ( For advanced classes Bring in color copies and we will work on the drawing together.)

Suggested Books for Iconographers

  • Techniques of Icon and Wall Painting, by Aidan Hart
  • The Icon, Image of the Invisible, Egon Sendler
  • Icon as Communion, George Kordis
  • DVD by Vladislav Andrev “Emmanuel For Beginners” instructional DVD
  • A History of Icon Painting, Moscow
  • The Techniques of Icon Painting,, by Guillem Ramos-Poqui
  • Techniques of Traditional Icon Painting, Gilles Weissmann

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