Black Lacquer painting has been used in Ukraine to create all sorts of decorative objects, but most notably small boxes and other miniatures.  This technique is a variation of Russian Palekh miniatures, and begins by coating a small wooden or papier mache object with black paint.  An intricate scene is then painted over the black background – icons and scenes from folk tales are most common.  Once this dries, several coats of varnish – lacquer – are applied, until the object has a perfect glossy finish.

The complexity of the design depends upon the size of the object, and the skills and artistic intentions of the artist.

  Intricate     Nakleyanky


Black Lacquer Eggs

  Intricate     Nakleyanky

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