Well goodness. Apparently, there are a number of people out there who don’t know what tempera paints are, so I thought I ought to share that information with all of you. I’m thoughtful that way.
Tempera (also known as egg tempera) has been around for centuries. In fact, it was the medium of choice before oils showed up and ruined everything for temperas. Originally, they were made with egg yolks mixed with pigment. Sometimes, they still are. Other times, the manufacturers use some unidentified biodegradable protein mixed with pigment. Yes, it all sounds pretty disgusting. But the slickery nature of the paints can’t be beat!
Sometimes, tempera paints are confused with what we in the US like to call “poster paints.” Poster paints are not tempera, as they contain no eggs or other unidentified biodegradeable proteins. Poster paints are actually gouache (gwash), which is a type of watercolor paint. It’s got gum arabic and extra chalk added, making is far more opaque than regular watercolors.
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