9780486203430

The Practice of Tempera Painting: Materials and Methods by Daniel V. Thompson

Softcover, 141 pages, 85 illustrations, 5 3/8" x 8 1/2"
The Practice of Tempera Painting: Materials and Methods by Daniel V. Thompson
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Tempera painting is the earliest type of painting known, decorating the walls of ancient Egypt and Babylon.

 

Based on exhaustive study, this work provides a wealth of historical background, as well as a lucid, careful exposition of all aspects of authentic technique, a guide to materials, and more.

 

Softcover, 141 pages, 85 illustrations, 5 3/8 x 8 1/2.

Table of Contents for The Practice of Tempera Painting: Materials and Methods:

Preface

Uses and Limitations of the Tempera

Tempera painting a strict discipline

Tendencies in modern painting

The media of the future

The limitations of tempera painting

Normal scale

Factors in naturalistic painting

A critical approach

Carriers and Grounds

Properties of wood

Effects of humidity

Selection and conditioning of woods

Casein glue for joining

Precautions against warping

Plywoods

Wood pulp boards

Paper

Metals

Canvas

Walls

Preparation of panels

Materials

The standard size solution

Sizing the panel

Applying moldings and ornaments

The second sizing

The intelaggio

Puttying

The simplest gesso

The secret of success

Application of the gesso

An alternative method

Scraping the gesso

How to test the scraping

Stoning down a flat

Qualities of good gesso

Pastiglia

Gessoing frames

Cennino's gesso

Parchment size

Gesso grosso

Gesso sottile

Mixing the thin gesso

The perfection of the method

III Methods of Drawing

Designing for tempera

Preliminary studies

Form drawing

Tinted papers

Drawing instruments

Brush drawing

Modeling up the lights

Transferring the cartoon

Drawing on the panel

Importance of the monochrome rendering

Incising the outlines

IV Applications of Metals

Metals in the design

Bole for gilding

Mixing and applying the bole

How much to put on

Polishing the bole

Gliding with glair

Tools for gilding

The gilder's cushion

The knife

The gilder's tip

Substitutes

Qualities of gold leaf

Handling the leaf

The use of the knife and cushion

Cutting the leaf

The use of the tip

Laying the gold

The order of gilding

Faulting

Burnishing

Varieties of burn

Stamping and graining

Punch cutting

Graining pastiglia

Patterns in color and gold

"Combination Gold and Silver Leafing"

V Pigments and Brushes

Function of pigments

Natural and artificial colors

The colored earths

Individual pigment characters

Experimentation

Palettes for tempera

Whites

Blacks

Yellows

Reds

Browns

Blues

Greens

Transparent pigments

Shell gold

The choice of a palette

Grinding the colors

Storing the ground colors for use

Dishes for mixing

The choice of brushes

Sables

Bristles

Care of brushes

VI Painting

Mixing the tempera

Preservatives

Tempering the colors

Reserves of color

Liquidity of the mixture

Handling the color

Basic principles of tempera painting

Control of form

The function of the monochrome drawing

The order of painting

A hypothetical case

Mixing values

Applying the tones

Glazing over the scumble

Tempera vs. gouache and water color

Painting drapery and other objects

Development of the forms

Systematic value mixing essential

Variations of color systems

Treatment of surface effects

Painting flesh

Painting hair

Variations of method

Final embellishments

Water mordants

Oil mordants

Applying the mordant

Gilding

VII Varnishing and Framing

Permanence of tempera painting

Importance of varnishing

Cleaning the surface

Precautions against dust and damp

Choice and care of the varnish brush

Applying the varnish

Flatting the surface

Function of a frame

Matte gilding

Water matte

Oil matte

Skewing down

Frame edges

Antiquing

Other frame materials

VIII Artificial Emulsion Painting

Unlimited possibilities

A basic formula

Casein emulsions

Underpainting fo

Preparation of wall surfaces

Appendix

"Tempera Practice in the YaleArtSchool," by Professor Lewis E. York"

Publisher:
Dover
Year Published:
1962
Format:
Softcover, 141 pages, 85 illustrations
Dimensions:
5 3/8 x 8 1/2
Author:
Daniel V. Thompson
ISBN:
9780486203430