How to Mix Powder Paint

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How to Mix Powder Paint
Powder paint comes in various hues. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Powder paint is the base for creating the paint used by the masters of the European Renaissance. Tempera paint is a combination of powdered paint pigments, egg and water. Mixed properly, the powder turns into a smoothly applied paint capable of vibrant colours of any imaginable hue. The process of mixing the powder paint is a quick one, using a few basic steps, but the result is a paint with proven results that lasts for centuries.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fresh egg yolk
  • Paper towel
  • Toothpick
  • Glass bowl
  • Stirring stick
  • Powdered tempera pigments

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  1. 1

    Crack an egg and separate the egg yolk from the white. Use as fresh an egg as possible for best results in creating a smooth paint. Place the yolk onto the centre of a paper towel and move the yolk toward the edge to remove any remaining egg white.

  2. 2

    Pierce the yolk sac with a toothpick and then drain the yolk into a glass bowl. Add one tsp of water to the bowl. Mix the egg yolk and water thoroughly using a small wooden stirring stick.

  3. 3

    Pour an equal amount of powder paint into the mixed egg and water. Mix the two completely to create a usable paint. Adjust the thickness of the paint by adding more of the powder to thicken or more water to thin the paint.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a fresh hen egg and distilled water for a smoother paint mix.
  • The yellow of the yolk will alter the initial colour, but its effects will disappear in about a day.

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