Egg Tempera/Oil Emulsion

24 Feb 2009

Q: I’ve recently started painting with egg tempera, and I’m working on my first egg tempera/oil emulsion painting. The problem is that I live on a ship and cannot bring hazmat on board, so I have invested in water-soluble oil paint to mix with the egg tempera to create my emulsion. I was wondering if anyone has done this before and how it will affect the archival quality of my painting.

A: I have never considered combining these two media because each has a different drying chemistry. Sennelier makes a wonderful line of egg tempera paints, and many egg tempera painters told me that the results are of the same quality. You may want to reconsider your experiments.

--by Camille LaPointe-Lyons

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