Icon painting, part three

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This week, the white bits are filled in and Mary gets a face! The green border is filled in with the egg tempera as before. The green colour represents the green olive branch and separates the divine Icon from humanity.

Icon green border   Icon green border finished

This, believe it or not, is the colour of the face!

Icon face colour

Icons are worked from dark to light, this colour will be the darkest tones of the face.

Icon first face layer

Lots of thin layers of paint are better than one thick layer. This has had 3 layers

Icon braid paint

The last white area to be covered is the braid. The darkest layer of this is an orange/brown colour. So now the whole board is covered! 

Icon first paint layer