How to Make Tempera Paint Thicker

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Tempera paint is sometimes referred to as "egg tempera" and is a fast-drying painting medium that is comprised of colored pigment combined with a water-soluble binder such as eggs yolk or similar materials. Paintings done with this medium are often referred to as "tempera" and have been dated back to as early as first century A.D. Tempera paint can be thin, but there are ways to thicken the mixture depending on your use for it.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Tempera paint
  • Bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Salt
  • White flour
  • Sand
  • Palette knife
  • Stiff paintbrush
  • Mix the tempera paint powder in a bowl with water. Stir the powder until it dissolves. The amount of water will depend on the manufacturer and how much tempera paint you need.

  • Add 1 tsp. of salt, white flour or sand to the mixture to thicken it.

  • Continue adding 1 tsp. of white flour, salt or sand until you achieve the desired thickness or texture of tempera paint.

  • Spread the paint with a palette knife or stiff paintbrush.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid breathing in the tempera paint powder as it can be harmful. Only adults should mix the paint.
  • Mix the paint in a well-ventilated area.

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