Egg Tempera Paint

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Introduction: Egg Tempera Paint

About: I am a high school student who enjoys playing my ocarina, playing video games such as the Legend of Zelda and Minecraft, reading, writing, and playing volleyball. I have 4 younger siblings.

This is a fun project to do with both younger and older kids alike.

Supplies

• 3 eggs
• 4 paper bowls (just to make cleanup easier, but you can use regular bowls instead)
• Chalk Pastels of you choice
• Some way to grind up the chalk pastels, like a hammer or a mortar and pestle
• A spoon (to mix together the chalk an the egg)
• A toothpick
• Some gloves (if you don’t want to touch raw egg)
• A few paper towels

Step 1: The “Egg” Part of Egg Tempera

Separate the egg yolk from the egg white. Throw the egg white away. If you want the paint to be very smooth, poke a hole in the egg yolk and then let the inside of the yolk run out. Throw the “skin” of the egg yolk away. Gently whisk the egg yolk until smooth. Repeat this step for all 3 of the eggs.

Step 2: The Chalk Pastels

Grind up the chalk pastels using a hammer or a mortar and pestle. Grind them up until they are very smooth.

Step 3: Mixing It All Together

Mix together one egg yolk (the one that you prepared earlier) and one ground up chalk pastel. Mix it until it is even. Do this for all of the egg yolks.

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    6 Comments

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    ThsRux
    ThsRux

    1 year ago

    As far as I know this is the paint used for whole church decorations in Northern Romania (Voronet).
    Thank you for the recipe, I will try it.

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    JudithAL
    JudithAL

    1 year ago

    I enjoyed seeing this and I’m thinking of making it. I have few questions...
    How long does the paint last when unused?
    Can you add vinegar to preserve it - just wondering if it degrades after a month or two.
    When it dries does it reactivate if you paint over it?
    Thank you.

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    CamrynCreates
    CamrynCreates

    Reply 1 year ago

    If you add vinegar, the paint will last 6 months to a year. It takes about 6 months to dry completely, so if you paint on top of it before it completely dries, it might reactivate.

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    JudithAL
    JudithAL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for your reply. I’m looking forward to trying it. Is it something similar to how Icon’s were painted?

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    CamrynCreates
    CamrynCreates

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes, it is. And I would love to hear how your paintings turn out!

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    1 year ago

    Oh nice! It looks really smooth. :)