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Re: [teacherartexchange] Tempera Impasto - does it work?

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holland.su_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Apr 02 2007 - 19:17:20 PDT


Thanks. I ordered some on line. I've read about them for years in
various projects. I'll get try them out in a couple of days!

On 3/29/07, Peck, Mabel <MPECK1@houstonisd.org> wrote:
> I have used soap flakes with tempera on poster board. I had to order
> them online: Healthy Home Services, Ontario, Canada....Google them.
>
> Mabel Peck
> Visual Fine Arts
> Sherman Elementary
>
> "We work in the dark-we do what we can-we give what we have. Our doubt
> is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of
> art." (Henry James)
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: holland.su@gmail.com [mailto:holland.su@gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:31 PM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Tempera Impasto - does it work?
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>
> I want to do some impasto painting with 3rd graders. I've read a few
> recipes for thickening tempera and I am skeptical.
>
> The one I tried so far was adding laundry detergent powder to liquid
> tempera. I got thick paint, but the strong smell bothered me. I
> suppose I could go looking for an unscented or less scented powder,
> but it seemed to take a lot of powder to get the paint thick, so maybe
> there are better options??
>
> I just read about wall paper paste and liquid starch added to powdered
> tempera-- only I don't have powder, my tempera is liquid. Would it work
> to thicken liquid tempera? I suspect liquid starch is runnier than the
> tempera so it would thin it.
>
> Recipes that call for flour or corn starch sound like they would mold
> before the paintings could dry.
>
> So, anyway, is impasto possible with tempera? What would keep it from
> just cracking as it dried if it was applied thick?
>
> Thanks!
> Susan
>
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