Hello dear Anon. :)
Firstly, I have the tag “Archangel Michael" on my blog where you can find information and many icons.
To make it easier I will just link you to the most imformative articles of this 13 pages of the tag:
- A small article about Archangel Michael -here-
- I reblogged the article of Andrew’s now deactivated blog with a lot of information -here-
- A video about Archangel Michael (starts with the story of a woman in which he intercessed and helped her but then there will be information) -here-
- Archangel Michael in Jude and Zachariah -here-
- Archangel Michael and the “cup of death” -here-
- Saint John of Kronstadt on the Synaxis of Archangel Michael and the heavenly hosts -here-
- Post about the icon “The assembly of Archangel Michael/Archangel Michael and the Synaxis of the Archangels” -here-
- Post about the icon of “Michael Archistrategos/Archangel Michael of the Apocalypse” -here-
- The miracle of Archangel Michael at Khonae -here-
- Recent Miracle of Archangel Michael’s icon weeping at Rhodos -here-
- Archangel Michael’s icons mouth moving as a woman prayed to it -here-
- A miracle on the island of Symi (Simi) at Panormitis Monastery -here-
- A miracle as Archangel Michael appeared to a pilot as he was about to crash -here-
- Here are some links to hymns (text form) 1 2 3
- Epic chant for epic angel -here-
I have many bookmarks but it would take too long to go through them but I plan to post more. :)
I hope this helped, may God bless you and Archangel Michael be your sword.
christmas is so much worse as you get older it’s like “what do you want this year?” “a sense of purpose”
So, when we last saw the panting I had just applied the facing and was waiting for it to dry. Here it is:
This picture really shows how crinkled the canvas is.
Then I removed the canvas from the backframe:
It needs some work done, but it’s good wood and it’s sturdy, so I’m going to re-use it.
Now time to turn the canvas around and vacuum the dust:
After vacuuming it, I’ll have to scrape hundreds of years of petrified dust with a scalpel:
It’s the most annoying part of the process.
This is what I found under all that dust and it can mean one of two things: the painting had already been restored (badly), which is unlikely, or it was part of a bigger painting and cut, either because the artist didn’t like the rest, because the rest of the painting got ruined or the previous owner didn’t like it whole. Yeah, this happens a lot.
I stretched the new canvas, put waxed paper under it and marked the size of the old with a ballpoint.
This is the wax-like substance I’ll use to glue the two canvas together. Now, if this was a very important painting, I’d have to use a period-appropriate glue, that I’d have to make myself, using rabbitskin glue, ox bile, vinegar and honey. Let’s see the pros and cons of both glues:
- you don’t have to do it
- lasts forever
- it’s not period-appropriate
- it’s petrol-based and so toxic, you’ll get high as a kite if you don’t air your workplace properly
- you feel like you’re at Hogwarts brewing a potion
- takes forever to make
- goes bad really easily
- it’s not very resistant
- doesn’t glue that well
- OX BILE
So, yeah, I’m going with Beva.
With the help of a spatula I spread the Beva on the new canvas really thinly.
I placed the old canvas on the new, covered it with melinex, a special acrylic that helps diffuse the heat from the iron, and then with old newspapers. Then I ironed it, from the center to the borders, so that any excess Beva can get out. And by ironing, I don’t mean like you iron a shirt. I mean using a 15 pounds iron and using all your strength. I have muscles hurting that I didn’t even knew I had. :-|
Remember how wrinkled the old canvas was?
Look how nice and flat it is now. :)
Here you can see where the paint was so cracked, the Beva slipped through the cracks. Now everything is glued together.
Now a bit of culture to weigh everything down while the Beva dries for a couple of days.