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
- Glass bowl
- Stirring stick
- Powdered tempera pigments
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.
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.
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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