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Lesson Plans

Window Painting

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Thu, 26 Dec 1996 17:19:00 -0500

Earlier I posted a message requesting help concerning window painting with
tempera paints. Many of you graciously responded and most of the
suggestions had to do with adding some liquid soap to the paint. I would
like to pass on an interesting discovery I made. I have been using Artista
II liquid tempera for years, but this year thought it seemed more
transparent, hence my first message. The paint consistancy is very thick,
but it brushed on streaky and semi-transparent, especially when we tested
it on glass. The soap didn't help much. What did help was that I tried some
different brands of paint. Crayola liquid tempera, right out of the bottle,
was more fluid and more opaque. I ended up trading some of my Artista II to
my elementary art teacher for some of her Crayola and my students painted
directly on glass with it - no soap added. So the moral of my story is, it
seems that more fluid paint (at least the Crayola, and perhaps other brands
with liquid soap added) is more opaque than the thick, creamy tempera

Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617