Category: Inspiration

Koo Schadler and “Traditional” gesso in a bottle!


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Koo Schadler is an artist who does amazing work in egg tempera. Not only that, she is very generous about sharing her knowledge. Her website has a lot of great information.

She recently wrote about a new product from called Rublev Colours Tempera Ground

I had one failed attempt at creating traditional icon boards and some day, when I get time, I want to try again. This product looks like it would be a way to get into creating egg tempera panels without such an investment of time and patience.

I highly recommend Koo Schadler’s Egg Tempera Painting book and perusing the wonderful work on her website. (a sample below)

Artistic and Spiritual Inspiration


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This is the first post in a series of Catholic artists who are making a mark on the culture. Not all artists in this column are members of the Guild but Daniel has been with us since the early days of the CIG.

Artist Daniel Mitsui was born in Georgia, USA, in 1982, and raised in Illinois. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH from 2000 to 2004, where he studied drawing, oil painting, etching, lithography, wood carving, bookbinding and film animation.

Ink drawing is his specialty, and his meticulously detailed creations, done entirely by hand on paper or vellum, are held in collections worldwide. Since his baptism into the Catholic Church in 2004, most of his artwork has been religious in subject.

One of his most prestigious projects was completed in 2011, when the Vatican commissioned him to illustrate a new edition of the Roman Pontifical. In 2012, he established Millefleur Press, an imprint for publishing fine books and broadsides printed in relief. He is a prolific designer of custom bookplates.

Daniel Mitsui lives near Chicago with his wife Michelle and their four children.

Please visit his website, the quality and consistently beautiful quantity of his work is inspiring.


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