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Tempera Paint experiments

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Bunki Kramer (bkramer.ca.us)
Mon, 11 Nov 1996 10:12:19 -0800

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Hi, Everyone! Thank you for all the great responses on tempera paint. I
feel I've been hit with a 2x4 by all of you on this great hint:
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> The secret to getting great colors when mixing tempera is to use
>Turguoise for your blue and Magenta for your red. The mixed colors are
>great. You do not get the true red and blue but the colors are rich and
>not muddy.
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Yes...I've know this for 100 years, well,...a long, LONG time....but my
question is what is the BEST tempera paint to use where I CAN use RED and
BLUE to get purple...forget turquoise and magenta. I've been experimenting
on my own and wondered if anyone out there has found the secret that I
haven't reached yet. I don't mean watercolor paint, either. The closest I
have come is Jazz Gloss Paint that when mixed and water added, comes up to
a fairly good purple but then, again, you have to deal with the gloss
factor. Someone said they used Binney & Smith but I haven't tried that.
Crayola and Prang don't. Anyone happy with their "red + blue = purple"
tempera paint?

Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526
sch.# 510-552-5620
bkramer.ca.us


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