Egg Tempera, an introduction

Egg tempera is water soluble and is a medium that was traditionally used before oil paints up until the fifteenth century. It is fast-drying and is often used to create highly detailed paintings from the careful build up of layers. The paint has a translucent quality and layers can be built up from an underdrawing and series of monochromatic underpaintings.

For a more detailed explanation, I recommend the book, The Artist’s Handbook by Ray Smith (available from Amazon). This excellent book in its section on Tempera, outlines the history and use of the medium.

You can also view my free step-by-step egg tempera technique pages:

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