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Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 19-06-15, 11:24 PM
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Posted By Richard
I have recently applied tempera to water gilding for sgraffito

Hi, I received the following advice from a Greek Iconographer Eva Vlavianos about applying tempera over water gilding for scrafito. Do Not use ox gall over the gold, it is another layer between the...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 25-06-08, 09:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 17,881
Posted By Richard
Hi "Do I have to spend $280 for a tiny amount...

Hi
"Do I have to spend $280 for a tiny amount to get usable pigment that is the true blue? I'm wondering if there is anything I can do with the blue/grey grit I got. Any thoughts? Thanks"

I too...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 17-04-07, 09:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 15,928
Posted By Richard
Granite Slab

I am writing from the UK and here we currently have a fashion for stone coasters and placemats for table settings. I can get really very inexpensive slabs of granite, about A4 size approx 21cms by...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 08-11-06, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,240
Posted By Richard
Thanks Bert, very useful information, would you...

Thanks Bert, very useful information, would you please add some more information on how you make and attach your "cradle". Having tried to use some store bought shellac whici had gone over its life...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 07-11-06, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,003
Posted By Richard
Of course I knew the pigment was toxic, it was...

Of course I knew the pigment was toxic, it was clearly indicated as such on your web site when I purchased it. I simply did not feel that the appropiate level of care needed was one I wished to...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 30-10-06, 09:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,003
Posted By Richard
Dear Denis, I would be really pleased to send the...

Dear Denis, I would be really pleased to send the pigment off to you, it would be a relief for me to know it would be in safe experienced hands, and that you will be able to handle it safely....
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 29-10-06, 08:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,003
Posted By Richard
Orphiment

I bought some Orphiment, an ancient natural pigment which is a bright canary yellow, from Rublev colours. However it is rather more toxic than I would be happy working with, as it contains Arsenic...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 29-10-06, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,240
Posted By Richard
Thanks

Thanks for all the advice I will try and steer a course using a thinner MDF than I usually would and allowing layers to dry more than I usually do. Unfortunately we do not have an Ikea in Ireland...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 15-10-06, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,240
Posted By Richard
Wanted - Tips on working with a large board

I am planning to produce a number of icons on MDF panels, all larger than A3, and intend to gesso all surfaces. Generally I give my panels between eight and twelve coats of gesso and tend to add a...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 28-07-06, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,381
Posted By Richard
I have been working with scraffito over gold and...

I have been working with scraffito over gold and you do need to be incredible careful, as advised by Thompson, I give the area of scraffito a thin coat of warm rabbit skin glue about 1 part glue to...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 05-01-06, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 17,019
Posted By Richard
I have made shell gold using skewings (scraps) of...

I have made shell gold using skewings (scraps) of gold left over from gilding. Using a pestle and mortar I ground the gold skewings along with a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of honey for twenty...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 04-01-06, 07:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 17,019
Posted By Richard
Shell Gold

Dear Dimitris there is a mixture of finely ground gold and gum arabic which you can use in a similar manner to water colour pans which can be purchased from a number of art suppliers. Which may give...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 06-12-05, 08:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 17,019
Posted By Richard
Why not use a scaple scrape off the tempera - ...

Why not use a scaple scrape off the tempera - back to the gesso - then apply gold?
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 14-10-04, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 16,526
Posted By Richard
A quote from the last newsletter of The...

A quote from the last newsletter of The Association of Iconographers of Ireland.

"In the Orthodox tradition, icons are not painted, as is implied in the word iconography (icon = image and graph =...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 06-10-04, 09:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 16,526
Posted By Richard
I have been told that the term writing icons is...

I have been told that the term writing icons is used because that is how the phrase used to describe the making of an icon is translated from the Russian, and because we read the meaning of the icon....
Forum: Miscellaneous 29-09-03, 08:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 40,168
Posted By Richard
My father has had quite a bit of eye trouble and...

My father has had quite a bit of eye trouble and has been suffering from serious macular degeneration, he has agreeded to take part in a study to see if the condition is passed down through familes. ...
Forum: On Supports and Grounds 31-08-03, 03:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 13,526
Posted By Richard
I have used mahagony with no problems of...

I have used mahagony with no problems of staining, did you use a layer of thin linen, or cotton, between your board and your gesso, after sealing the board with rabbit skin glue ? This may be what...
Forum: Other Art Related Issues 30-08-03, 08:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,592
Posted By Richard
Great news Eric, I've lent out my copy of Koo...

Great news Eric, I've lent out my copy of Koo Shandler's book and it is slighly awkward to ask for it back, so a new edition gives me an excuse to purchase a new copy. I have quite a collection of...
Forum: On Paint and Pigments 26-06-03, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 12,721
Posted By Richard
Spinel Black

Hello all, anyone used/using Spinel Black? What do you think of it? I can find it listed in the catalogues where it sounds very attractive but have not read any accounts of how it works in practice....
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