Monday, September 23, 2013

Egg Paint

This is an interesting art project that mimics early artists from 1100 to 1300 AD (at least).  After looking a bit at some artwork from this time period and discussing the use of powdered dried plants, rocks, and other things, we tried our hand at this ancient paint.

1.  Mix 1 yolk with 2 teaspoons water, whisking until frothy.  It's important to do this ratio of yolk to water.
2.  Meanwhile, crush chalk (pastel chalk works best, though we used plain chalk) with a large smooth stone.  Try to get the chalk as dusty as possible, though chunks make for an interesting finished piece.
3.  Paint away!


Crush chalk. Chalk pastels work best.  This is plain colored chalk.




After whipping egg yolks with water, add crushed chalk.



Finally, paint!



Notice the interest flecks of chalk not ground into dust. (9 years)



Freestyle!  (6 years)



The paint gives a lovely glossy sheen. (10 years)


Have fun!


Julie

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