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06-28-2007, 11:12 AM
Below is an egg tempera I am working on at the moment. Thanks for looking:

El Boricua - 6"x8" Egg Tempera on Panel


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06-28-2007, 07:40 PM
Beautiful job! I really like the hatching. You must be using a very small brush. :D


maggie latham
06-29-2007, 06:35 AM
WOW! This is lovely…

06-29-2007, 11:53 AM
Meg and Maggie, thank you kindly for your comments.

06-30-2007, 08:13 AM
please excuse my 'dumbness', but what is egg tempera?
I class myself as a learner artist!!! I love to do pen and ink illustrations and I love to paint in gouche. I have only tried a few other mediums so I am curious what egg tempera is.

06-30-2007, 10:35 AM
In it's most basic form egg tempera is a paint composed of the yolk of egg, distilled water and dry colored pigments.

It predates oil painting and is considered the second oldest painting medium.

Egg tempera is characterized by high-key color and a linear as oppossed to painterly application.

For a more detailed explanation visit this page on my website:

Old Tex
06-30-2007, 11:11 AM
And the folks who do it get a huge tip of the hat from me! The patience that must be required is beyond me. Wonderful work, Alex!

07-01-2007, 09:28 PM
Ralph, thank you. It does take a certain type of patience.

07-02-2007, 07:47 AM
Thanks for the info Alex.
I had a look at your website and I am very impressed with your work. Your portraits are very life like.
I am really interested in giving the egg tempera a try but I have one question.
The dry color pigment, is that available from the art suppliers?
I am sorry if that is a silly question but I am used to buying my tube of gouche and off I go!!!
thanks again.

07-02-2007, 11:17 AM
Yes you can purchase dry pigments from Blick Art Store and Utrecht among other suppliers.

Here is a list of suppliers:

Rose Queen
07-02-2007, 11:45 AM
Elaine, here's a useful thread on egg tempera: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=366601

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07-02-2007, 07:31 PM
I just poked in here to see what there is to see.....
This is really wonderful work. I love the skin tones!
Paint on!

07-05-2007, 08:06 PM
Dear elaine 321,
Have you ever mixed powdered paints and binders before ? Egg tempera can be bought in tubes BUT golly they can never be the same as the old technique of making your own.
Sorry, I am not trying to put you off. It is a good idea to buy a few tubes (preferably Sennelier) of ET and see whether you like the "feel" of the medium. If you do like ET: then leave the tubes well alone and bind your grinded paints yourself and prime (the old rabbit and gesso comes in here aswell as the pricking the bubbles away) your "boards" (wooden ones are the best) then try replicating your first attempt and you will see what I mean.

07-26-2007, 01:39 PM
As a newbie, can I not use tubed paints and mix equal amounts with egg yolk as the binder? I can't stand turps. They make me urp!!! Yuck. I have a lot of oil painting stuff and am wondering if I can do this. I do have jars of pigment, but, I think I would like to just go forward for awhile with the tubes.

07-26-2007, 03:23 PM
I am not sure what you mean when you say you have "used tubes". If these tubes are oils, acrylis or watercolour...the answer is really: no. There is no need to add turps to egg tempera.
It will be cheaper to get a few small tubes of ready made egg tempera and try them in case you do not like the medium. If you fine that you do like the feel of the medium , you can then prepare everything yourself with great patience.
I really would love to hear how you get on.

Kind regards,

07-26-2007, 07:32 PM
I was wondering about taking my oil paints that come in tubes, without turps, and using egg as the binder. I heard you could do that. No turps in the process. I don't like oils cause of the turps, they make me urp, get it? LOL~! I am sensitive to the turpentine, so I made up the poem. I think I will try it and let you know how I am getting on with them. It should be fun. The tube paint already has oil in it and it's pigment is ground well...could be fun!

07-26-2007, 10:39 PM
I think I am far too conservative when it comes to egg tempera and I use it from start to finish in a painting so I am not going to say that your method is wrong, but I will only say that the end product will not be an egg tempera painting per se. :lol:

A number of artists do use egg tempera as an undercoat to oils, but at the end of the day: the end product is an oil painting. :rolleyes:

Have fun experimenting.

Kind regards,