16 February 2013

Don't be left with egg on your face...make paint instead!

Have you ever let egg dry on your plate and then tried to wash it off? Pretty tough, huh? That's because eggs are great glue...which means they are great for making paint! You can make two completely different paints with eggs...one paint using the yolk and one with the whites.
these kids learned how to make egg yolk paint in
5 minutes...and then spent hours of fun painting!
Egg Yolk Paint...also called Egg Tempera
Egg yolk paint is super creamy, opaque, and durable. It's great for painting furniture or artwork. You could use it to paint a wall too, but it would take quite a few eggs.

The recipe is simple:
Separate an egg (keep the whites...see below) and let the yolk sit for a few minutes until the skin wrinkles slightly when touched. Pinch or pop the skin of the yolk and drain the yellow liquid into a dish.  (Discard the sac.)  Add up to 1/2 teaspoon of pigment per egg and stir thoroughly. And voila!  You can add a little water as desired if you want to thin the paint. Use this paint right away, because it dries quickly...though continues to harden over several days.  You can layer the paint on furniture or walls, but I recommend waiting 24 hours between coats.

Egg White Paint
Don't waste the other 1/2 of the egg...make an egg white paint with it!  Egg white paint is just as easy to make, but is more delicate than the egg yolk paint.  Use it for surfaces that won't get touched much, like lampshades.  This paint is translucent, like water color, and can be layer to achieve more saturated color.

How to make:
Whisk your egg white(s) to get a slight froth, and then let stand for a few minutes until a clear liquid separates on the bottom.  Remove the froth and discard. Mix in up to 1/2 teaspoon pigment per egg.  This paint dries quickly, so use it right away...

Resources

For more general information about natural paints, and links to other natural paint recipes, see our previous blog post: Paint it Green!...with natural paints


I included this book in my other posts on home made paints, but it really is my favorite book on natural paint. The format resembles a cookbook...recipes on one side and a photo of what the paint looks like on the other. This book contains tons of information and inspiration.
click cover for more info or to purchase

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