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Re: Egg Tempera

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Mon, 21 Oct 1996 17:36:59 -0400

In a message dated 96-10-21 15:50:01 EDT, you write:

<< Hey, here's a quick technical question for you artsednet subscribers: When
a professional quality egg tempera, does one use the yokes, the whites, or
whole egg? I dabbled with this stuff years ago and remember reading several
different sets of directions which together listed EACH of the above
At the time I settled on yokes, but now I'm not so sure.

Thanks for your responses.
Dave Parsons
Farmington, NM. >>

I use egg tempera in my Byzantine icon painting.
1) You use the yolk with out the membrane. Take an egg yolk and pass it back
and forth between the palms of your hands. Wipe the empty hand on a paper
towel. The yolk will begin to get sticky. At this point, hold the yolk up
over a container, by pinching it between the thumb and forefinger. Pierce it
with a compass point and the yolk will fall into the container. Throw the
membrane away.

2) Add 1 tsp of vinegar to the yolk

3) the yolk and the vinegar constitute "one part". Add 3 parts distilled
water to the yolk/vinegar (1part)