St. Tabitha: an icon in acrylic paints

The next thing to do is to “open” the icon, using a transparent wash of yellow ochre paint as the underlying layer.  I find that having this color underlying all areas of the image gives it a unity, and a warmth throughout.  The yellow used for St.Tabitha is Yellow Iron Oxide.

I am using acrylic paints for this icon, and I use a very limited palette.  It is not necessary to buy and use dozens of colors and pigments.  Most of the time I use only 8 to 10 pigments, mixing every different color that I need. There are just a few “workhorse” colors that are needed, and the limited palette lends further harmony and unity to the image.  Yellow ochre is an important color in iconography, so I have 3 different shades of ochre, and everything else can be mixed to order using these simple basic colors!


About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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4 Responses to St. Tabitha: an icon in acrylic paints

  1. I use Golden’s paints as well as Chroma’s Jo Sonja line of paints (which are very cost effective for workshop students).
    I see that you are using the tube paints. If you feel like experimenting, try the Golden fluid acrylics in association with the Golden acrylic satin and gloss glazing mediums. I add three drops of water to my mixtures to obtain a quality of paint that is very thin and allows for productive layering and translucence. Excellent set of posts! I hope to do a similar series on a St. Michael the Archangel in the near future.

    • reinkat says:

      Thank you for the likes, the comment, and the helpful information. I primarily use egg tempera, so am not that familiar with the ins and outs of acrylic paints. I have heard good things about the Jo Sonya line, including that it is nontoxic. If I decide to delve more deeply into using acrylics, I will definitely invest in and experiment with the fluid acrylics and the glazing mediums. I don’t always get stellar results with the matte medium & powdered pigments, nor with the tube paints. I need to explore it further.
      The best thing about acrylics is how quickly they dry and how permanent they are–immediately!
      Thanks for the encouragement. I look forward to your posts on St. Michael the Archangel.

  2. Reinkat this is just so fascinating to me! I love watching your progress. It is so evident the hard work, prayer, and care that goes into these beautiful icons. Thank you so much for sharing your gift!

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