Creating Egg-Tempera
Creating Egg-Tempera

The method of creating the colour "Egg-Tempera" has been known since the middle ages. The reason for the name being "Egg-Tempera" is due to the used ingredients

Creating Egg-Tempera

The method of creating the colour "Egg-Tempera" has been known since the middle ages. The reason for the name being "Egg-Tempera" is due to the used ingredients. With the easiest ingredients it was then possible to create colours that were similar to the Pelikan PLAKA colours of today. The amount of colour pigmentation results in the colour being either watery or thick.

The advantage of these colours were known even back then. After drying the colour no longer can be removed and proves to be resistant to light.

 

How to prepare:
The colour stirred using the filler. To begin, add one egg into a small bowl and stir. One egg represents one Unit! Now add one Unit of oil, meaning the same amount as one egg.

In the next step we add the amount of two units of water into the small bowl (This is the equivalent of twice the amount of oil used).

Then start stirring the mixture and add the colour pigments. It is important to be sparse with the used dosage. The more pigments added, the thicker the mixture becomes. If the colour becomes to thick, just add some water to the mixture.

The one disadvantage of this colour is that it dries up quickly and should therefore be used shortly after mixing instead of storing it! Storing the colours is unnecessary as it does not take much time to mix some new colour.

The lower layers of both of these pictures were prepared using Cyan-Blue. The following layers were painted using other pigments. The quality (clarity) of the colours can be told by their brightness.

The Mermaid was painted using a wet-in-wet technique. The following colours were added to a still wet Cyan-Blue. While doing this, the colours do not get messy and remain clearly separated.