Does tempera paint have eggs in the formulation? - Debunking the Myth
Does tempera paint have eggs in the formulation - Debunking the Myth
Does tempera paint contain eggs?
Art classes provide students with a creative outlet to express themselves, and tempera paint has remained a popular choice due to its washability and vibrant colours. However, a prevailing misconception persists:
Does tempera paint contain eggs?
In this brief blog post, we will unravel the truth about modern-day tempera paint, highlighting its temporary nature and debunking the myth of egg inclusion.
Are there Eggs in Tempera Paint?
Understanding Temporary Tempera Paint:
Contrary to popular belief, most commercially available tempera paints used in schools (like FAS Super Tempera) and classrooms do not include eggs. In fact, the term "tempera" stands for "temporary." Modern tempera paints are designed to be temporary and easy to remove or wash from surfaces and clothing, making them ideal for classroom settings and children's art projects.
So where does the "eggs in tempera" misconception come from?
Understanding Tempera Paint:
Tempera painthas a long history, dating back to ancient civilisations such as Egypt and Greece. Traditional tempera paint was created by mixing pigments with a binding agent, typically egg yolk, resulting in a durable and vibrant medium. This paint is still available from brands like Daler-Rowney. However, the tempera paint used in schools and classrooms today differs significantly from its historical counterpart.
No Eggs in FAS Super Tempera
Modern-Day Tempera Paint Composition:
Contrary to popular belief, most commercially available tempera paints used in schools and classrooms no longer contain eggs as a binding agent. This change is primarily due to concerns regarding perishability, allergens, and the practicality of using eggs in large-scale production.
Kind of crazy to think that the paint manufacturers would be cracking open some eggs in the factory and adding them to the batches of paint.
This tutorial will explore an exciting technique to create a vibrant 3D painting of spring flowers. This project is perfect for art teachers who wish to engage children in a fun and interactive painting activity. You can guide your students in producing stunning artwork showcasing nature's beauty using sponges and other materials. So, let's get started!
Begin by using the Sponge Roller to create the background for your painting. We recommend using Super Tempera Leaf Green and Blue paints to depict a serene spring atmosphere. Allow the background to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Sponge Painting the flowers with two colours at once
Step 2: Painting the Flowers
Pour a small amount of Super Tempera Yellow and Orange paint on a paper plate. You won't need much paint for this. Now, take a fresh sheet of paper and choose a leaf-shaped sponge to begin painting.
Press the sponge into the paint, ensuring one half has orange paint and the other half has yellow paint. Before proceeding, test the consistency of the printing. Avoid too much paint on the sponge for a smooth print.
Work your way around in a circular motion, maintaining the same colour pattern towards the centre of the circle. You can experiment with different sponge shapes and colour combinations for added creativity. Allow the painted flowers to dry thoroughly.
Step 3: Painting the Stems
Use a Cotton Bud to paint the green stem for each flower. Allow to dry completely.
Step 4: Creating the 3D Effect
Carefully cut out the painted flowers and their stems.
Apply PVA glue to the back of each flower and stem.
Position the flowers and stems onto the background, ensuring that some parts extend beyond the edge of the paper to achieve a stunning 3D effect.
Press the glued pieces firmly onto the background, making sure they adhere securely.
3D Spring Flowers
You have successfully guided your young artists in creating a beautiful 3D spring flower painting using the sponge technique. This engaging activity develops their artistic skills and allows them to explore colour combinations and experiment with textures. Encourage your students to showcase their finished artworks proudly, as they have successfully brought the vibrancy of spring to life through their creativity.
Introduction: An exciting and easy art activity is sponge printing with bright colours on dark paper. We'll make our designs pop out beautifully by creating our own dark paper background. This activity encourages creativity and experimentation with colour and patterns.
Colours: Dark for the background, Bright colours like a yellow, leaf or red for sponge painting
Roller or brush
Step 1: Paint the Dark Background Begin by painting your paper with a dark colour or a combination of colours. Allow it to dry completely. This dark background will provide a striking contrast to the bright sponge painting that follows.
Step 2: Prepare the Paint To prevent overly wet sponges and maintain control over the prints, try rolling and brushing your colours onto a flat, smooth surface such as a plastic sheet, card, or benchtop. This method ensures a cleaner and more precise application of the paint. Remember, FAS Super Tempera is temporary and can be easily wiped or washed off the surface.
Step 3: Sponge Printing Press the sponge brush or sponge shape into the FAS Super Tempera paint, ensuring it is well-coated. Then, press the painted sponge onto the paper, creating your desired design. The contrast between the bright colours and the dark background will make the design stand out beautifully.
Step 4: Explore Patterns and Variations Encourage your students to experiment with different shapes and colours to make their pages more interesting. While using bright colours is exciting, remind them that using more than three colours can become overpowering. Creating patterns and repeating the sponge printing process will add depth and visual interest to their artworks.
Conclusion: Sponge painting with bright colours on dark paper is a fun and accessible activity. By following a few simple steps, you can unleash creativity and encourage experimentation with colour and pattern. Remember to have fun and embrace the process, as the results will be truly satisfying. Happy sponge painting!
Introduction: Begin by discussing the colours of autumn with the children. Take them for a short walk outside to observe the various colours present in nature during this season. Bring along a few bottles of autumn paint colours (listed above) and place them near the leaves. Encourage the children to identify the different colours they see and explain how autumn leaves are often a mix of colours.
Step 1: Distribute the free PDF template of a tree branch to each child.
Step 2: Mixing the Super Tempera Colours: Mix up three different autumn colour combinations of the Super Tempera Paint on the three paper plates: Yellow, Red and Orange. Have a look at our photo for colourful inspiration. Show the children a photo or visual reference to inspire them with colour combinations for their autumn leaves.
Step 3:Creating Handprints: Instruct the children to dip the paintbrush into one of the mixed Super Tempera combinations and apply the paint to one hand at a time. Encourage them to use a moderate amount of paint, avoiding excessive wetness. Carefully place the painted hand in the centre of the tree branch on the template, ensuring a clear and vibrant handprint. Please remind the children to wash their hands thoroughly before starting to create the next leaf, maintaining clean and distinct prints.
Conclusion: This activity offers a fun and engaging way for children to create artwork using their handprints. By discussing the colours of autumn and observing them in nature, children gain a deeper understanding of the season and learn to appreciate the vibrant hues that surround them. This project encourages creativity, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Display the finished artworks to showcase the children's unique interpretations of autumn leaves.
Note: The free PDF template of the tree branch can be downloaded from [Click Here].