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#1 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 09:52 AM

I thought members might find this from pravoslavie.ru interesting. One thing that I noticed particularly is that the painters use tempera paint in tubes rather than mixing their own - the brand is 'Master Class' made in St Petersburg.


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Posted 12 November 2016 - 01:08 PM

The base of these paints is PVA (polyvinyl acetate), a substance used in woodworking glues and the like, which would give the paint good flow while being suitably viscous, and make it water-resistant once dry. Such paints have been around for many years. "Poster paint" is one grade of them.


There is nothing at all wrong with such paints being used in iconography, just as acrylic paints have been successfully used for decades. However, they should not be confused with genuine tempera, which is made by mixing pigments into egg yolks.


Bravo to the skill and hard work of these young people! May the works of their hands increase for many years to come. :)

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