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trying to paint with tempera lately. Today was my first time with casein-tempera.
i used quark mixed with ammoniumcarbonate as basis. then i added some linseed oil to get an emulsion.
does someone have any experience with this rather old technique?
since my palette had to be restricted, i took a rather simple subject by painting a bust.
click to see a bigger version
still lot of work to do, but for today i have to quit.
It's aristotle after this image
Last edited by isigrim; January 29th, 2007 at 06:20 AM.
never used casien.. have used egg. ;looks like its working pretty well
To see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
here is the work of today.
itś finished for now, until ie got some more pigments.
this picture is painted with
titanium white, dark ultramarin blue, madder (in germany: krapplack), light ocre and some raw umber.
i ahve more, but i think i will try painting with lead paint instead of titanium white. has anyone ever used lead white?
Last edited by isigrim; January 28th, 2007 at 09:55 AM.
This is looking very nice, isigrim. It has a very convincing solid "stone" appearance to it. I had to look up what you meant by "quark" which apparantly is like cottage cheese and not the quantum physics thing.
I've made casein or egg and oil emulsions many times, and use them often.
oops, sorry for my bad english, thanks for the replies.
do you prefer casein or the egg emulsion? and what oil mediums do you use?
Of the two, casein would be my choice for being the most versatile, but they both work well. I probably use casein more often as a paint media unto itself rather than mixed with oil. The oil medium I use with it is just refined linseed or stand oil. The egg mixture I use contains a damar retouch varnish, which helps to make it last longer.
thank you very much. i will try adding some dammar retouch varnish to the egg tempera next time
I read in a book recently that the old masters usually did their underpaintings (e.g:grisaille ) in tempera, and also used tempera at times to "touch up" on their oil paintings because tempera has "greater light strenght" than oils - but you probably know this. - Great painting -sehr gut
Although I think it is not legal in Norway I`ve found a shop where they sell lead white, and even lead white pigment- I would never dare to touch the pigment( in powder form )-maybe the tube color.