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This is the second part of an entry focusing on paint. The first half about what paint is made of and why some paint can smell horribly can be found here.

Last week I found out that tempera paint is made from egg yolks (and is the reason is smells horrible after sitting out for all year). So I decided it was time our Art Club made our own paint.

Materials:

Materials to make your own tempera paint. Water, Egg Yolk, and Pigment.

Materials to make your own tempera paint. Water, Egg Yolk, and Pigment.

  • Egg Yolks
  • Powder Pigment (can be found at a local art store or sometimes an education store)
  • And a little bit of water to get the right consistency
  • Cup or bowl to hold materials in
  • Something to stir with
  • Brush and paper for painting with your own paint at the end

Steps:

  • Get the egg yolk. Crack and egg and use an egg separator or move the egg back and forth between each half of egg shell to remove the egg white. Either save the egg whites for something else or throw them away with the shells. (You can watch how to separate egg yolks on You Tube.)
  • You are supposed to remove the egg sac as well but I found this did not make a difference for our paintings. You can tell when you stir the egg it is a bit thicker than the yolk and could cause a slight consistency problem (I don’t think enough to worry about it though).
  • Add powdered pigment. We used one yolk to about 1-2 tablespoons (depending on the color we wanted).

    Use about 1 tablespoon of pigment (or about a capful).

    Use about 1 tablespoon of pigment (or about a capful).

  • Stir and stir some more!

    Egg Yolk and Pigment once you start stirring. Make sure to get all the pigment stirred in.

    Egg Yolk and Pigment once you start stirring. Make sure to get all the pigment stirred in.

  • Add a few drops of water to thin out the paint.

    Egg Tempera mixture without water. Still a bit too thick.

    Egg Tempera mixture without water. Still a bit too thick.

  • And voila, you have made your very own paint to play with.
    Paint once it is all stirred. The air bubbles will settle after a few minutes.

    Paint once it is all stirred. The air bubbles will settle after a few minutes.

    From Left to Right: homemade paint without water, with water, store bought paint.

    From Left to Right: homemade paint without water, with water, store bought paint.

    You can see on the left without the water the paint is still too thick to paint with smoothly and with control. (Side note: my husband guessed the middle as the store bought paint).

Lessons Learned

It really did not matter about getting rid of the egg sac, however we did notice that if you left the egg yolk to sit for a while, then the paint was a bit chunkier. Make sure to stir the egg yolk before mixing in the pigment.

Also, we only bought two colors (red and blue) to save on cost but we ended up making 5 colors with it! If you use only a small amount or red you get an orangish color, and a small amount of blue made a greenish color. Of course adding the red and blue gave you a purple color.

Add only a few drops of water at a time. You can’t go back once you add the water and if you add too much it gets rather soupy. If your paint does get soupy let it sit for 15 minutes and it will thicken up over time.

Our paint ended up looking and working very much like tempera paint you buy at the store. Some where a bit too watery and some were a bit thicker when we didn’t add enough water. But we had a few that you couldn’t tell the difference between ours and the store brand.

In the bowl is our own homemade paint. On the lid of the bowl is the store bought paint.

In the bowl is our own homemade paint. On the lid of the bowl is the store bought paint.

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