The Nativity of Christ
2019, acrylic, levkas, wood board, gilding, 40 x 40 cm
Lewkas (gesso) - (from the Greek word leukos, i.e. white), glue-chalk primer used in board painting and in gilding. It is applied on the icon in the hot, usually in about twelve layers. One layer for one day. The prayer of the ritual then turns its attention to the Apostles (one for each layer). He reminds us of their deeds and asks for intercession.
Acrylic paint - its binder is polyacrylic resins, in which pigment particles are suspended. Used in printing, construction, painting. In artistic applications they can be applied thickly like oil paints or in thinly transparent layers. They do not have such a wide range of colours as oil or tempera paints. Apart from the pigment, they can also contain Arabic gum and other substances changing viscosity and drying speed.