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Artist Paint Medium - Tempera
Tempera Painting - painting executed with pigment ground in a water-miscible
medium. The word tempera originally came from the verb temper - "to bring to a
desired consistency". Dry pigments are made usable by "tempering" them with a
binding and adhesive vehicle. Such painting was distinguished from fresco
painting, the colors for which contained no binder. Eventually, after the rise
of oil painting, the word gained its present meaning.
The standard tempera vehicle is a natural emulsion, egg yolk, thinned with water. Variants of this vehicle have been developed to widen its use. Among the man-made emulsions are those prepared with whole egg and linseed oil, with gum, and with wax.
The special ground for tempera painting is a rigid wood or wallboard panel coated with several thin layers of gesso, a white, smooth, fully absorbent preparation made of burnt gypsum (or chalk, plaster of Paris, or whiting) and hide (or parchment) glue. A few minutes after application, tempera paint is sufficiently resistant to water to allow over painting with more color. Thin, transparent layers of paint produce a clear, luminous effect, and the color tones of successive brushstrokes blend optically. Modern tempera paintings are sometimes varnished or over painted with thin, transparent oil glazes to produce full, deep-toned results, or they are left unglazed for blond effects.
"tempera painting." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011. Web. 17 Nov. 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/586515/tempera-painting>.
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