Linda takes to the studio to demonstrate making three different paints – watercolor, gouache, and egg tempera – from one pigment. Our Alizarin Crimson, a synthesis of the natural pigment from the madder plant, is used to make three different kinds of paints. More demonstration videos coming soon!
Today Linda was interviewed live by Eric Rhoads of Streamline Publishing, and did a quick demonstration of making watercolor, gouache, and egg tempera paints for an international online audience! Check out the replay of the live stream below.
Ancient Earth Pigments will be a sponsor of the Watercolor Live on-line conference, January 27-30. Sign up at a discounted rate before January 10th. VIP attendees will receive a gift bag of AEP products (while supplies last)!
Making Glair (Egg-white Binder)
for making watercolor paint.
This binder makes transparent watercolors or gold-leaf adhesive. It’s a protein, so is water-soluble only while wet; fairly permanent when dry.
- 1 egg white
- Small deep bowl
- Lidded container
- Clove oil*
- Soapy water for dirty brushes
- Paper towels for cleanup
- Small trash bag
- Art brushes
- Gum Arabic*
- Practice paper
- Paper, parchment, etc. to paint on
- Separate white from yolk, remove opaque ‘eye’ thread.
- Whisk white to stiff peaks like making a meringue
- Cover bowl loosely to keep dust-free and set overnight.
- Next day, scrape off foam and feed to the dog or toss it
- Pour liquid into container, add drop of clove oil if desired.
- Add about 1:1 glair and gum Arabic
- Mix with pigments as with making egg tempera.
- Glair will keep 1 week in refrigerator if well sealed.
- Once old glair gets moldy, it’s not good for art, so toss it out.
Gouache (Opaque Watercolor)
This recipe creates watercolor paint with white filler‡
- Mix 1 part whiting‡ to 6 parts pigment.
- Adjust for depth of opacity as desired.
- Some artists like a semi-opaque paint. Go for it!
‡ chalk*, kaolin* or titanium dioxide*
* Item sold by Ancient Earth Pigments
Image: Red capital “N” with green and russet watercolor edging, from unknown Medieval
manuscript. Note that the capital letter is “inhabited” by a monk-like scribe or artist.