The color filling State
And the difficult egg- tempera technique!
The talented hagiographer, Eva Miskou Varela ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), sent me today new photos, showcasing the first layers of painting, applied on the Virgin Mary's and Christ's clothes
The artist used the old traditional Byzantine technique of egg tempera, a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of natural colored pigments in powder form , mixed with egg yolk, and vinegar.
Egg tempera technique requires the application of thin and nearly transparent glazes of paint, laid on top of each other until the desired color, saturation and shadows are achieved. This is necessary because egg tempera dries quickly and cannot be blended once applied.