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)!
Also check out our previous videos on
Making Davy’s Grey (mixing pigment powders to match a target), and Making Egg Tempera!
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
Soapy water for dirty brushes
Paper towels for cleanup
Small trash bag
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.