KKIcons

Orthodox Icons: traditionally drawn, freshly painted.

Spring, Texas · 6 Sales

KKIcons

Orthodox Icons: traditionally drawn, freshly painted.

Spring, Texas 6 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Ksenia

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Announcement   The strong lines of the traditional drawing hold the icon together, and closer inspection yields delights.. From left to right, the dove in the Konevitsa icon, St. George's horse's hoof, St. Nectarios blessing, The Crucifix on a Holy Bible, the dragon in the St. George icon.

My icons are painted on Ampersand brand highly archival artbord with archival paints. Store policies at left offer more info on materials and options. I will be offering prints soon online. For the latest info on KK Icons, please see www.kkicons.blogspot.com

To order a commission, press the custom order button and let me know what you would like. Order them up front based on price and type, by clicking on the type of icon you want, with its price. I also take orders where you pay after the icon is completed, where I will post a special order for you with its photo and price for you to pay. Please convo me for a quote for ad art illustration applications, for murals and icons for churches where more than one person is involved in the decision-making and approval process.

KK Icons has free domestic shipping on all orders, except to Alaska and Hawaii.

I accept returns on most of the icons, as I want my customers to be as happy with the icons as we are with them here at my home. In fact, the younger children hate to see me sell any, and would be happy to see any of them returned. On highly customized orders that include your animals or farm in the background, I may not be able to accept returns, but will do everything I can to help the customer be happy with their icon.

Please click on store policies to the left for complete info on options and price ranges. My range generally starts at $200 for a 9x12 and under.

Announcement

The strong lines of the traditional drawing hold the icon together, and closer inspection yields delights.. From left to right, the dove in the Konevitsa icon, St. George's horse's hoof, St. Nectarios blessing, The Crucifix on a Holy Bible, the dragon in the St. George icon.

My icons are painted on Ampersand brand highly archival artbord with archival paints. Store policies at left offer more info on materials and options. I will be offering prints soon online. For the latest info on KK Icons, please see www.kkicons.blogspot.com

To order a commission, press the custom order button and let me know what you would like. Order them up front based on price and type, by clicking on the type of icon you want, with its price. I also take orders where you pay after the icon is completed, where I will post a special order for you with its photo and price for you to pay. Please convo me for a quote for ad art illustration applications, for murals and icons for churches where more than one person is involved in the decision-making and approval process.

KK Icons has free domestic shipping on all orders, except to Alaska and Hawaii.

I accept returns on most of the icons, as I want my customers to be as happy with the icons as we are with them here at my home. In fact, the younger children hate to see me sell any, and would be happy to see any of them returned. On highly customized orders that include your animals or farm in the background, I may not be able to accept returns, but will do everything I can to help the customer be happy with their icon.

Please click on store policies to the left for complete info on options and price ranges. My range generally starts at $200 for a 9x12 and under.

Ksenia

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Ksenia

Feast day  icon 11x14
Feast day icon 11x14
$540.00
Lord Jesus and Martyr Menas, 6x6
Lord Jesus and Martyr Menas, 6x6
$250.00
St.George icon with animals on border
St.George icon with animals on border
$190.00
St. John Maximovitch, 5x7
St. John Maximovitch, 5x7
$250.00
Inexhaustible Cup--SALE, FREE shipping
Inexhaustible Cup--SALE, FREE shipping
$185.00
Custom icon 11x14"  SALE FREE US shipping
Custom icon 11x14" SALE FREE US shipping
$200.00
Theotokos of Konevitsa 5X7 FREE US shipping
Theotokos of Konevitsa 5X7 FREE US shipping
$300.00
small custom icon with animals
small custom icon with animals
$200.00
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About

My Orthodox Icons tell the story of my store.

The best testimonials for my store are my icons. Most of them were written for happy customers. For info on how to order, email me at kkicons on the gmail browser or go to kkicons.blogspot.com ---and also see Shop Policies to the left for more info. My icons are created on hard boards with archival materials. A backing to add thickness can be ordered with commissions.

The deacon from our church, back when he was a reader, really liked his icon, and when he married, his wife also treasured the icon.

Another man from our church surprised his wife with a name day icon of St. Juliana of Lazarevo. They also thanked me for their icon. A person reads about the story of his or her saint many times, but nothing quite brings their saint to life for them like a hand-painted icon.

A very ill woman from our church was so happy to have a family icon. She is a very kind and elderly widow in a wheelchair. She has been too sick too come to church for a very long time, and I have heard the icon meant a lot to her. That is the family icon that is pictured in the store. She also loved the egg with her own Saint pictured on one side, Saint Thekla, and Saint Paul the Apostle, the saint's beloved spiritual father, on the other. St. Thekla is mentioned in the bible, but I always enjoyed her Life by St. Dmitry of Rostov that emphasized the close spiritual relationship of father and daughter they shared.

This past year I made an icon of the Nativity for a lady who had lost her beloved rex cats. I fit them it in a way that was very acceptable and traditional, and also managed to sneak in several of my own goats and dogs (and Donkey) here and there. The lady was very pleased with the end result. It is pictured on this site.

A man last year asked for an icon of St Guinnefort. I love Western Saints, and like to learn about new saints, so I accepted. Soon I found out St. Guinnefort was a dog. I suggested an alternative. The customer was thrilled with his icon of St. Christopher, in the Russian dog's head form--with "Sts" Guinnefort and Gellert (from the Irish version of the story) decorating the border.

-------------------------An Orthodox Conversion Story-----------------------------------

I read Dostoevsky's Brother's Karamazov in art school, and wondered if the characters with their unique faith were real. I even prayed that if such a type of Christianity as that practiced by Alyosha and his spiritual father were real, that I might find it and become part of it. Later when my husband was in graduate school in Arkansas, I met a student from Boston who told me about Orthodox Christianity. He told me about the Jesus Prayer, and loaned me some books. I couldn't find a church near me of this type, but when I moved to Dallas for a short time I started attending the OCA cathedral there. It was a delightful but dizzying culture shock, really like entering into another world I never knew about before, although I had been a christian all my life. The whole service was sung. Everyone was standing, and people with children were moving about, entering and leaving, going up to the front to kiss the icons. It was packed to standing room only, and yet with all this going on there was a strange, otherworldly beauty with the icons and incense. I felt strangely at home, and wanted to completely immerse myself in the mysterious atmosphere there.

Orthodox love their worship service, and attempt to bring it home by creating a mini-church in a corner of their home, called an icon corner. It is on the east wall, as our Lord is expected to return one day from the east. Even one icon can change the spiritual space of a room, and of your heart. I would encourage you after you buy your icon to arrange to attend an Orthodox Church for Divine Liturgy one Sunday, and afterwards have your new icon blessed by the priest.

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  • Ksenia Gutzke

    Owner, I Draw And Paint The Icons Myself By Hand, Then Sell Them.

    My children give feedback about what icons children will like and how they will respond to them. They also let me know what is wrong with the icon so I can improve. Can you find Donkey on our site? A hint is on one of the cover photos for this page

  • Red Jack, our unregistered Icelandic

    One Of The Inspirations For My Work.

    We were given Red Jack, which means the special red pirate flag that signifies take no prisoners. My daughter saved since age 3 for her own Icey. We trained her in NH so Rachel could ride her. Can you find Red in an icon in my store?

  • Vicky, my daughter

    Inspiration For My Work.

    Vicky is 4, and she and my other homeschooled kids are a big reason why I make, market, and sell my work. They keep me going from day to day. The kids really encourage and support me in my work, and I treasure helpful criticism fro each piece.

  • Flying G Farm Nigerian Dwarf dairy herd

    Inspiration For My Work

    On my KK icons blog site I have articles about how our animals sometimes end up in my icons. More info about the Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats is on Flying G Goats dot com. Shown is Rachel posing Lost Valley P Pegasus Rising (Arubadoe).

  • Severus, Cane Corso

    Inspiration For My Work

    My sister Kelly of Geronimo Kennels gave us this Italian Mastiff, and I can't imagine life without him. He helps every day to guard our livestock and to cheer us up. Can you find Sasha, his mom on this site? Hint: she is an LGD in the icon.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 30, 2014
I have been making icons for commission and sale since 1997. I am good with communication and email, and I will let you know what is going on with your project. I think if you like the photos, you will like your icon even more. I will try to list some ready-to-buy icons for those who prefer them. Icons may take a long time to complete, so order 4 to 6 months before your event. Complex and large orders will take longer. I offer the option of letting the buyer order the icon first, and pay when it is ready. Press the Custom or Convo buttons to do this. Or you can contact me at kkicons on the gmail browser for more info.

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::ICONS-- Usually I create smaller icons 11X14 or less, with a few figures and animals, for individuals and families. Ask about my family icons in the Russian tradition. The patron saints for each family member and special saints for that family surround a larger central Theotokos or Saint that is especially loved and honored by the family. I also paint icons on eggs on request.

Wedding icons in sets of 2 are available. This would be an icon of Christ, and Theotokos and the Christ Child on the other. A birth icon in the Russian tradition is available. It is a full length icon of the child's name saint, made exactly the length of the baby's birth height.

I have made large mural-sized icons for churches and groups, including the large Panaghia icon of Virgin Mary and Lord Jesus behind the altar of an Antiochian parish in the Birmingham area. I hope to complete a set of the 12 feast icons and a full iconostasis someday for a church or home chapel. Convo or Email me at kkicons on the gmail browser for quotes, as the price is very affordable for such large and complex icons.

Look for prints of my icons soon. For info on how to order them, please email me at kkicons [!at] gmail.com or see www.kkicons.blogspot.com

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Payment
Payment is by Paypal and cleared checks. TX sales tax is 8.25%. Texas residents will see it on your bill added to the shipping.

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::How to Order Extras and Their Costs::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

For extras, please use the custom button, or convo me with what you need on your icon or order, and I will create a special price listing for you.

I will need to talk to my supplier of custom boards, Dmitri Kulp of St. John's Workshop, here on Etsy, to check for availability, special sizes, and prices, including shipping. In general, prices for special boards are $65-$300 for each board, depending on the size of the icon. Real gold halos start at $40 extra. Real gold background starts at $70. This price is based according to the amount of gold on the icon and price of the gold. My price also reflects the extra time and work involved in handling real gold. Again, please ask before you buy so I can give you a special listing, or press the custom listing button to order these. Most of my gilded work has a texture, and is not smooth.

The Default halo is painted or gilded with artificial gold at my choice. Usually I paint them. They are not smooth, but have a texture. Please convo me with your preference for painted or gilded halos. Gilded Halos start at $25 extra, and again, ask me and I can give you a quote.

Again, for special materials you want me to order to complete the painting to your order, like special recessed boards made by Dmitri Kulp of St. John's Workshop, please remember to also press the custom listing button or convo me so I can reflect that into the total price in a different listing. The usual icon board is high quality archival cradled Ampersand clayboard, gessoboard, or watercolorboard. These are available in standard sizes up to about 24 x 36". Please tell me if you need a flat board that is frameable (no extra charge).

I am able to add a backing board, that may have to be special ordered, to the empty cradled icons. It should also be possible to glue a frame and backing board to the flat board icons that are listed for sale directly on my site. I can give you tips on what and where to order the supplies for this, but the supplies are found locally at a hobby or art store as well. You would want to pre drill a hole in the backing board, or put on a picture hanging bracket kit on the backing board.

My thin flat boards are directly frameable. Cradled boards can be directly hung on the wall, so please let me know which type you choose. Discount icons of any type are on a flat board, and almost all the ones I have painted and offer for sale or sold on flat boards. Also, small icons are always on flat boards, but I can special order the small boards 8x8 and under, such as 5x7 with a cradle if desired. Flat art boards are 1/8" thick.
Shipping
Free Priority Mail shipping in US. I usually will give you at least a phone photo of your custom icon during the process and before it ships, especially if the icon is taking a while to complete. I can usually combine shipping. I will be in email contact with you.

I will consider shipping outside the US on a case by case basis, so please ask. I would be creating a special listing to cover shipping and handling, and you would pay all duties, currency conversion fees, etc. They will be insured for their full value at your expense. No returns on int'l orders.
Refunds and Exchanges
I try to keep the customer happy, and want you to like your icon. That's why I will give a full refund within 1 week if you need it, for my US and Canadian customers. You need to pay the return shipping with US Priority Mail, or its Canadian equivalent, just like I ship it to you. There is no risk to the customer.

I may not be able to accept returns on highly customized orders, such as those using your animals or farm in the background, for instance. I may not be able to accept returns on icons which contain custom inscriptions or special family icons. I will work with you on a case by case basis. I have to be able to resell the icon to accept it back. I will try to work with you, but remember, all shipping on returns are at the customer's expense. I do not change icons after they have been varnished.

I recommend overnight air shipping in the summer for varnished icons. A polymer coat only is more sticky in the summer and the icon can arrive with surface damage if it is shipped in the heat.
Additional policies and FAQs
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Larger Items and Special Materials::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

I can create a separate listing for larger and multiple items. Just click
Custom Order to the left and convo me about it. The higher cost will reflect the extra art supplies, time, planning, and other costs of making major commissions.

Usually I can get back to you soon. I may need to take up to week to consider the price for a complex commission like an iconostasis or set of feast days. Please consider emailing some good photos of your space where the icons will go, and showing your existing icons. If the large commission is for the church, remember to give the priest and main decision makers on the iconography committee and parish council, and pricncipal benefactors, a chance to see my work, as I want everyone to be happy with the iconography in their church. Please also tell me at this time if there is more than one decision maker directly involved in the approval process, as I will need to adjust my costs for the extra communication and time this will involve. If I need to travel to the site, I will need all my travel costs and childcare covered during my trip.

If you need a special type of board, (such as a recessed panel), or if you need real gold, please let me know up front, as this involves a substantial cost for larger works. I will need to speak with Dmitri Kulp of St. John's workshop about the cost and time it will take to complete your boards for your project. Then I will also be able to give you a time frame about when the whole project will be ready. I will keep you informed about new developments and send photos of the icons as they are done. In fact, if you desire, I can ship each one upon completion. Let me know if you need an itemized list for material cost, receipts, etc. for tax purposes or for your church financial records.

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Commercial Use:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

I retain all copyright to these icons. If you desire to use them for any website that generates income, for print or website distribution or publication, whether for a not-for-profit application or commercial purpose, I will need to negotiate a contract about the use of the icon with you. The prices on these icons are much lower than those charged for commercial illustrations. If you know ahead of time that the icon will be for a commercial illustration or other commercial use such as previously mentioned, please let me know and I can create a special listing for you. Working as an illustrator for the going rate, I will also work within the generally accepted timeframe for illustrations to get the work completed when needed.

Again, I ask you to consider carefully the goal that you want to accomplish with your icon or icons. If it for personal use or for use in church worship, then by all means please buy at the standard price. If the purpose is to enhance the image of a product, a commercial or not-for-profit website, or for any publication, please contact me, as we need to work out a fair price for a commercial illustration. I also retain the copyrights in my commercial illustrations, but allow you to use the work for the use for which we agree for the agreed duration. Your agreement to buy an illustration from me in no way constitutes "work-for-hire."

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::References:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Do you need a reference? I will be happy to provide at least one from a previous satisfied customer. Please see my true stories of satisfied customers in my About section. The best testimonials I have so far are the icons on my site. I created most of them for happy customers. One man from our church was very happy with the St. George on horseback icon pictured in my store. When he married soon afterwards, his wife also treasured the icon.

Another man from our church surprised his wife with a name day icon of St. Juliana of Lazarevo. They also thanked me for their icon. A person reads about the story of his or her saint many times, but nothing quite brings their saint to life for them like a hand-painted icon.

A very ill woman from our church was so happy to have a family icon. She is a very kind and elderly widow in a wheelchair. She has been too sick too come to church for a very long time, and I have heard the icon meant a lot to her. That is the family icon that is pictured in the store. She also loved the egg with her own Saint pictured on one side, Saint Thekla, and Saint Paul the Apostle, the saint's beloved spiritual father, on the other. St. Thekla is mentioned in the bible, but I always enjoyed her Life by St. Dmitry of Rostov that emphasized the close spiritual relationship of father and daughter they shared.

This past year I made an icon of the Nativity for a lady who had lost her beloved rex cats. I fit them it in a way that was still very acceptable and traditional, and also managed to sneak in several of my own goats and dogs here and there. The lady was very pleased with the end result. It is pictured on this site.

A man last year asked for an icon of St Guinnefort. I love Western Saints, and like to learn about new saints, so I accepted. Soon I found out St. Guinnefort was a dog. I suggested an alternative. The customer was thrilled with his icon of St. Christopher, in the Russian dog's head form--with "Sts" Guinnefort and Gellert (from the Irish version of the story) decorating the border.

-------------------------An Orthodox Conversion Story-----------------------------------

I read Dostoevsky's Brother's Karamazov in art school, and wondered if the characters with their unique faith were real. I even prayed that if such a type of Christianity as that practiced by Alyosha and his spiritual father were real, that I might find it and become part of it. Later when my husband was in graduate school in Arkansas, I met a student from Boston who told me about Orthodox Christianity. He told me about the Jesus Prayer, and loaned me some books. I couldn't find a church near me of this type, but when I moved to Dallas for a short time I started attending the OCA cathedral there. It was a delightful but dizzying culture shock, really like entering into another world I never knew about before, although I had been a christian all my life. The whole service was sung. Everyone was standing, and people with children were moving about, entering and leaving, going up to the front to kiss the icons. It was packed to standing room only, and yet with all this going on there was a strange, otherworldly beauty with the icons and incense. I felt strangely at home, and wanted to completely immerse myself in the mysterious atmosphere there.

Orthodox love their worship service, and attempt to bring it home by creating a mini-church in a corner of their home, called an icon corner. It is on the east wall, as our Lord is expected to return one day from the east. Even one icon can change the spiritual space of a room, and of your heart. I would encourage you after you buy your icon to arrage to attend an Orthodox Church for Divine Liturgy one Sunday, and afterwards have your new icon blessed by the priest.