Most of my icons are written in traditional way on linden wood board with gesso and oak braces, to decorate private prayer corners.
Each board is hand made in a traditional way. Gesso is made out of rabbit skin glue and chalk. After the linen cloth is glued onto the board and the gesso is applied (5-7 times) it is washed with a cork tree bar to even the surface of the icon. The preparation of the board takes about 7 days in order to allow each layer of gesso to dry properly. After the relief ornament has been raised on the border and halo, the real 24K gold is then glued onto the halo and the background of an icon. Less expensive metal leaf instead
of gold is also available optionally. The process of gold leafing is very complicated and would take several pages to explain. It takes a lot of time and patience. Some of the icons in the catalogue are painted with acrylic or oil paint on canvas.
I offer custom written icons on Linden boards with gesso and 23,3/4K gold. The icons come in variety of shapes and sizes.
The image of Christ Pantocrator was one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church and remains a central icon of the Eastern right Churches. Christ holds the New Testament in his left hand and makes the gesture of teaching or of blessing with his right. The name of Christ is written on each side of the halo, as IC and XC. Christ's fingers are depicted in a pose that represents the letters IC, X and C, thereby making the Christogram ICXC (for "Jesus Christ"). The IC is composed of the Greek characters iota (Ι) and lunate sigma (C; instead of Σ, ς)—the first and last letters of 'Jesus' in Greek (Ἰησοῦς); in XC the letters are chi (Χ) and again the lunate sigma—the first and last letters of 'Christ' in Greek (Χριστός). Christ has a cruciform halo inscribed with the letters Ο Ω Ν, i.e. ὁ ὢν "He Who Is".
Christ sits on the lap of the Virgin, with his right hand He blesses, and with his left hand He holds a scroll, which corresponds to the iconographic type of Christ Pantocrator (Almighty). Usually the Blessed Mother is presented in a half figure composition. The full-length image depicts both mother and her son enthroned. Unlike the rather close type of Eleusa where the mutual relationship of Mother and Son is the main message, in this icon the center of the composition is Christ facing the upcoming viewer and Mary is also depicted frontally points to Jesus as if saying - "do whatever He tells you" John 2:5
From a dogmatic point of view, the main meaning of this image is the appearance in the world of the "Heavenly King and Judge" and the worship of the royal Infant. This type of icon of the Mother of God is extremely widespread throughout the Christian world, and especially in Byzantium.