Using Acrylics to Look Like Egg-Yolk Tempera
Complied and written by ©Claes
G Lindblad on December 22, 1996.
||This "N-Dragon" was made entirely
using a matt acrylic binder and pure pigments.
- White acrylic gesso.
- A fluid, matt acrylic medium (which is our binder).
- Some pure pigments, including white...
- ...and lots of water.
- Sketch a design with a brush, filled with diluted colour (a faint
line is all you need).
- Lay a base coat of white acrylic gesso. This will make subsequent,
coloured layers stand out better.
- Take a little pure pigment, grind it in a fluid acrylic medium and
add *lots* of water.
- Add a touch of white to each colour, to make it opaque.
- Build up the design by applying coat for coat. You can either go from
light to dark or the other way around -- you will be able to alter the
over-all appearance in the very last stage (see below).
- Highlights are created by adding pure white on top.
- Lowlights, or shadows, are created by repeatedly going over an area
with darker and darker colours. Add black (or burnt umber) only when called
When you are satisfied with your high- and lowlights, lightly
wash a very thin layer of a colour which is just a trifle darker
than any of the ones you have used all over the design. This is a magic
trick to ensure the typical lustre of a real egg-yolk tempera painting.
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