View Full Version : help! need egg tempera advice....

11-16-2001, 08:30 AM
along with working on my colored pencil stuff I am currently studying the art of writing Icons with a pretty well known iconographer. All Icons are done in egg tempera and though I've had two lessons with him so far I am hopelessly confused by how much egg to mix with how much pigment and how much water, He says there's no real "recipe" just a bit of this and a bit of that until it feels right...but that doesn't help me much lol.
Does anyone here no anyhting about egg tempera at all???
Thank you :)

Aleks http://pages.ivillage.com/aleks2000/portraitsbyaleks/

11-16-2001, 09:32 AM
Perhaps you might find something here...


11-16-2001, 11:40 PM

11-16-2001, 11:44 PM
I need refreshed on conte crayons. Are they simply pastels in a compressed form? I thought they were graphite.Do they come in both. I had someone tell one of my students that they were made of clay which I thought was obsurd..::rolleyes:

11-17-2001, 07:23 AM

Here is a link to Dick Blick and the conte page...


According to the descrition there-

"During the French Revolution, while Paris was under siege and cut off from supplies of the best English graphite, French inventor Nicolas Jacques Conté invented the modern pencil by developing a process to combine graphite with clay."

and from elsewhere-


"Conte's materials included powdered graphite mixed with clay and waxes and were kiln fired, producing a superior writing and drawing material that could be modified to include earth colors in addition to black. His factory opened in 1793 with his brother, Louis, as supervisor and later became Blanzy-Conte Gilbert. Material descendants from the original formulations are still used today, worldwide."

Hope this helps.

11-21-2001, 09:11 AM
PM JeffG and ask him about egg tempera...he seems to do a great job with it...another person you could ask is SGTaylor...both have worked with it.

11-27-2001, 07:18 PM
Aleks, I agree with your teacher. Just keep on doing. It depends on what you want to do. If you want it mate or briliant, thick or thin and so on. I´d like to show one of my works in mixed media(egg to). Best regards!

12-05-2001, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by arlene
PM JeffG and ask him about egg tempera...he seems to do a great job with it...another person you could ask is SGTaylor...both have worked with it.

Why thank you, Arlene.

Aleks, the eggtempera.com site is a great place to poke around for info and to ask questions on the forum... heck, I learned most everything via there and through the "Luminous Brush" and Vickrey books.

Reading the instructions, it sounds very complicated at first but its really a piece of cake. For my medium I mix 1 egg yolk with an equal volume of water. Mind you, that's ROUGHLY an equal volume, I just eyeball it. I find 1 tablespoon of water does it almost all the time.

Then, when I mix my paint, I mix in, again, roughly an equal amount of medium to an equal amount of already-wetted pigment. Again, this is just by guesstimation, and you'll find some pigments, like Titanium white and mars colors, require more medium to get a brushable paint.

After that, you can thin with water as you wish, depending on how opaque you want it. Just use an eyedropper for that.