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Old 09-13-2010, 05:17 AM
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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

Hi there, I use either acrylic gesso (with caseine added), or a hide-glue/oil primer (homemade half-oil ground). But the latter is very absorbent, when I want it to stop absorbing, I seal it with dammar varnish. After that, I go over to oils.
I use egg-tempera on canvas, an underpainting for oils (they make sure the tempera remains flexible)
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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

Egg tempera looks and performs best on a flat panel, not on canvas or linen.
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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

Thank you StudioGarcia! My first time visiting this forum (wanted to learn more about E.T.!) But, alas, my heart shrank and my heart had tears at hearing that one must use bunny glue to make gesso priming boards.....But, a wonderful solution from you! I hope to add E.T. to my repertoire!

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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

I have been reading posts on the egg tempera forum from people who use egg tempera directly on watercolor papaer, no tempering. They say it's ok if you don't paint many layers.
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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

Hi: I was interested in trying ET and was also wondering if anyone here has tried ET painting directly onto heavy W/C paper with no sizing .

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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

If it's any consolation, most products labeled "rabbit skin glue" are really bovine in origin, so if you eat beef, you have no further cause for woe. If you are a strict vegetarian who never uses leather, then all bets are off.
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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

I used egg tempera paint on an, I believe, oil primed masonite. When I first started to paint it was leaving little dots. As though i was painting on something wet and it was not adhering. Then what I did was paint and wiped some of the the paint off in a circular motion. It was very effective for its purpose (the board served as a back drop) But now I'd like to be able to use the board for a more meaningful painting but not sure how to prepare it and what medium to go with, oil or acrylic?
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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

Good luck on gesso making! My favorite ground is gessoed board but I am way way too lazy to do that; I get my prepared boards from True Gesso in Santa Fe. They also sell everything you need to DIY. What a wonderful outfit!

http://truegesso.com/cart.html
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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

I'm a watercolor,pastel and oil painter and have done over 45 sketchbooks in my life. Done one egg tempera in my life and it was successful. I'm a lazy and cautious guy and when I read that you can poison yourself with the powdered pigment I said hey that's not for me.
I deal with a guy named Allessandro who works for a place called Kremer colors in NYC. He can answer any question you have. They sell all the powdered pigment you want and calcium carbonate and rabbit skin glue you'd want. My name is charles and you can see the one and only egg tempera I did on my website at charlessantopadre.com
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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

I'm back and the name of the egg tempera is THE DINER
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Maybe someone could help me. I wrote the stuff above about egg tempera and I have done many gouache paintings but I cannot show them because I'm a computer illiterate. For three or four days I unable to post my work because when I go to the posting page where the little mountain icon is and press it I get the scroll and download info page but keep getting the message that the image is too large and I have to re-size it. I continue to get the GIF file instead of the jpg file. and now it seems I lost all pictures.This new thread won't work. Not sure if my message comes through or not!
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Re: Favorite supports for egg tempera

Had to re-post because I lost my edit button also.
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I did an egg tempera of the interior of a diner and it's on my website at
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I guess nobody wants to play
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