Egg Tempera Painting Book

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Egg Tempera Painting by Koo Schadler

Book Cover ImageEgg Tempera Painting, A Comprehensive Guide is the most in-depth book available on egg tempera. Available in both digital and print form, with 100s of illustration in color. Suitable for both beginners and advanced artists. The book includes:

  • Detailed instructions for making true gesso panels from scratch.
  • In-depth look at pigments, and how to use them safely.
  • Different ways to work in egg tempera including brushwork, sponging, glazing, scumbling, petit lacs, and much more.
  • How to paint smooth transitions in egg tempera.
  • Various options for finishing a tempera painting, including oil painting on top and varnishing.
  • A look at the many misconceptions surrounding egg tempera, and how to overcome those limitations to bring the medium into the modern era.
  • And much more, see Table of Contents.

Egg Tempera Painting, A Comprehensive Guide is based on the book Koo has sold for many years, with substantial changes as of December, 2021:

  • 120 pages of new content (nearly 300 pages total).
  • Old text updated and/or expanded upon.
  • 100+ new illustrations, including of paintings in development.
  • All images now in color.
  • Many new chapters and appendices.

The book is self-published, printed by Kindle Direct Publishing.

  1. Printed paperback or Kindle version:

    - Order from Amazon (price varies)

  2. Digital PDF for reading only:

    - Order from PayPal for $14.99
    NOTE: The PDF is locked for reading only and is not for printing. It is a 48 MB file that is too large to send via email and will be sent to Paypal buyers via Dropbox.

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction: What is Egg Tempera Painting?
  2. History of Egg Tempera Painting
  3. Materials for Egg Tempera
  4. Gesso (including Recipe, Instructions, Problems and Solutions)
  5. Painting with Egg Tempera
  6. Painting a Portrait in Egg Tempera
  7. Finishing an Egg Tempera Painting
  8. Appendices
    • Pigment Characteristics
    • Particulars of My Palette
    • Suggested Pallettes and Prices
    • Brushes
    • Tempering
    • Lifting, Digging Holes, Making Repairs
    • Egg Tempera Painting Chart
    • Egg Tempera Misconceptions & The Renaissance
    • Luminosity & Glazes
    • Tempera Grassa
    • Cadmiums in Traditional Painting
    • Luminosity
    • Toxicity
    • The Transition from Oil to Tempera
    • Applying Cloth to a Panel
    • Applying Gold Leaf Lines & Basic Gilding
    • Impasto Paint and Egg Tempera
    • Polyptychs
    • Aluminum Panels
    • Material Sources and Suppliers
    • Recommended Reading
    • Other Resources
  9. List of Paintings
  10. About the Author

Thanks to all my readers. With this new book I look forward to sharing more of egg tempera.

~ Koo

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