technique comes from the Renaissance and it combines egg tempera underpainting
built up in layers with carefully applied transparent oil glazes between
the layers. Mische simply means ‘mixed’.
The white egg
tempera is painted onto a dark red ground or ‘imprimatura’ and produces
the tonal modelling for the image. Monochrome transparent oil glazes,
the first yellow the second blue, are applied between two further layers
of detailed tonal painting in white egg tempera. A cross section
of the underpainting would therefore read: red, white, yellow, white,
blue, white. Once the final layer of egg tempera has been painted
the complete full colour glazing of the painting can be applied.
back from the white egg tempera through the coloured glazes in the manner
of light shining through a stained glass window. This produces
an optical effect resulting in a rare opalescence and luminosity of
will need for this method are:
- A hardboard or wood support primed with gesso
- Titanium White powder pigment
- A glass ‘muller’ and a small sheet of frosted glass (on which to grind the pigment)
- The medium consisting of egg, dammar varnish, linseed oil, and water
- A selection of oil paints
to learn this technique with Eve will be provided with the necessary
materials to make egg tempera.