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Old 09-01-2018, 10:05 AM
Gwen Solvaag Gwen Solvaag is offline
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Making gouache or egg tempera from pastels

I was thinking of using soft pastels to make either gouache or egg tempera. Can anyone think of any reason why the ingredients in soft pastels would not be compatible with either a gouache medium or an egg tempera medium? I am aware that different pastel manufacturers may use different binders such as gum tragacanth, gum arabic, and methyl cellulose, and might have other ingredients.
This is not taking into consideration the expense, time, safety, storage issues, etc. Before I start on this project, I at least want to make sure I am using artist quality materials.
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Re: Making gouache or egg tempera from pastels

On a very limited basis, I have used pastel dust as pigment with an egg tempera mix, and it worked very well, in my ignorant estimation.

I was given a primary sampler of Schmincke (sp?) brand soft pastels, which I guessed to be of a quality consisting mostly of pure pigment. Anyway - long story short - my little experiment looks good well over as year later.
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:02 PM
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Re: Making gouache or egg tempera from pastels

I see no issues making your paints from pastels, but....unless you have a ton of pastels you don't want or need, you might consider buying some dry pigment instead. Some of them are very inexpensive. You can get a half pound of raw sienna from these guys for only 5 bucks! Equivalent to many dozens of pastel sticks. Maybe talk to some of your artist friends and see if they want to do a group buy of a sampling of various pigments.

http://www.douglasandsturgess.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?
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Old 09-06-2018, 02:59 PM
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Re: Making gouache or egg tempera from pastels

Thank you for your replies.

It looks like I have a long road ahead if I decide to do either the gouache or egg tempera with pastels. I'll keep you posted if I decide to do either.

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Re: Making gouache or egg tempera from pastels

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I'll keep you posted if I decide to do either.

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Yes, please let us know what you come up with! I wish I my little experiment with it had gone further.
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