Painting with Tempera Grassa – eco-friendly and handmade
For thousands of years human beings used natural materials to make paint. About 30.000 years ago our ancestors took ochre to depict animals on the walls of caves. Artisans in ancient Egypt decorated Sarcophagi with paint made of eggs – and isn‘t it stunning, that the art created with these most basic of materials is still vibrant today? Eggs are among the oldest binders for pigments – and egg yolk was especially popular in medieval times. But it is quite difficult to handle and too brittle to use on stretched canvas. That is why medieval artists painted mostly on rigid surfaces like wooden panels. In the 14th century, a clever person eventually invented tempera grassa: A mixture of linseed oil, egg and water makes a durable and flexible paint – that also works well on stretched canvas. No wonder, that tempera soon became widely popular.