Traditional egg yolk tempera recipe

The most traditional way of mixing egg tempera paint is to use egg yolk. There are recipes where you use the whole egg, and some use oil as well. Here is a brief outline of the traditional egg yolk recipe. (Please note that this is for artists to use for egg tempera and is not edible.)

For a more detailed outline of the egg tempera technique, I recommend the excellent book, The Artist’s Handbook, by Ray Smith, available from Amazon.

You will need:

  • a fresh egg
  • plastic/china palette
  • craft knife
  • ready to use pigment (see grinding pigments)
  • small jar
  • brush
  • purified (distilled) water

Traditional egg yolk tempera recipe, step-by-step

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