Drawing with tempera

Fabriano has thought about keeping you company at such a difficult time for all of us.

Staying at home is everyone's duty but we can also turn it into something pleasurable: who said having to stay at home is boring?

We believe that the imagination can take us outside and into fantastic worlds... so why not set it free and start drawing or painting!

So, we decided to prepare some simple tutorials - one per week - to help you rediscover things you already knew but had never studied in depth or else provide new information to help you express your creativity.

Are you ready? Let's get going!


Let's start with the tutorial dealing with one of the oldest painting techniques: TEMPERA.

Do you know the origin  of this term? In the past, colour pigments were "tempered" or mixed together egg yolk or water.


What you need:

- a smooth sheet, which will make it easier to render details

- brushes, with tips of different sizes depending on the effects you want to obtain

- tubes of tempera paint in primary colours: yellow, cyan and magenta (plus black and white for variations in shade)

- water to clean the brushes

- plate for distributing and dosing the tempera paints


Useful hints:

- just a little water mixed with the pigment -> intense colours

- more water mixed with the pigment -> effect similar to watercolour to create gradual colour transitions


How to achieve various effects:

if you start with the primary colours yellow, cyan and magenta, subtractive colour mixing means you can obtain any other colour by blending two or three of these pigments on the palette.

- to obtain a lighter shade -> add white

- to obtain a darker shade -> add black


Important! When switching from one colour to another, rinse the brush in a glass of water (and change the water frequently)


Are you ready?


Enjoy your art work!