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


From: Peck, Mabel (MPECK1_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 29 2007 - 06:08:28 PDT

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)

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

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?


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