Just a quick update to share how the icon board for the St. Paul icon is progressing.
It is that finger breaking phase of adhering, gessoing, and sanding. Four coats of gesso and sanding has been completed. Have another four coats of gesso to do, and one final sanding.
After that the next finger breaking phase won't be until it comes time to do any leafing. I don't usually do that until the image is more then 1/2 way along.
With the board almost ready, I'm anxiously awaiting word about my design, so that I can begin transferring the image onto the gessoed surface.
I received the OK to get the panel size cut and to begin preparations of adhering the muslin and starting the layers of gesso. I should have confirmation of the icon's design by the time I've completed the preparation, and the symbolisms which I've proposed for this original icon. Once the design is confirmed, I can post more information.