Today, we visited an icon workshop. They make all the icons by hand, and they showed us all the many steps involved. First, they start with blocks of wood, the type of wood depending on the icon.
The wood is hand carved.
If the icon will have metal on it, the metal is then shaped into the desired form.
All painting is done on canvas, so the canvas is then stretched.
The foil is then added.
Bright powder pigments are used for the paint, and duck egg and vinegar are other ingredients.
The icon is then hand painted.
An example of a beautiful final product.