Archive of ‘egg tempera’ category

Egg Tempera, an introduction

egg temperaEgg 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.  Read more…

Whole egg tempera recipe

egg tempera The traditional recipe for egg tempera paints usually includes egg yolk as a binding agent to mix with pigments. There are alternative recipes, however, that are slower to dry and are nearer to the character of oil paints. One of these is to use a whole egg (both egg yolk and egg white) and a mixture of linseed oil.  Read more…

Grinding pigments for use with egg tempera

grinding pigmentsIf you venture into the realms of using egg tempera, it is useful to have a range of pigments ground into a smooth paste and ready to be mixed with the binding agent (in this case egg yolk). You can buy pigments from reputable art shops. Most will supply lightfast pigments (ie. pigments that aren’t susceptible to fading in the daylight), but ask before you buy. Once you have purchased your pigments, you will need to prepare them for mixing with the egg yolk.  Read more…

The Mische Technique

The Mische technique sounded like such a bizarre thing to do that I had to try it. The name “Mische” means mixed in German and refers to using two different types of media; egg tempera on top of oil paints. The idea of the Mische Technique is that you paint the highlights and detail with egg tempera and use oil paint in a series of glazes (red, yellow and blue), before adding local colour on top to finish.  Read more…

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