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  1. Robert Lipes
    February 8, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply

    I am entering Tempera artwork in a judgeing show They have no category for Tempera in this show. How should I title the medium, water color?’ ‘Tempera;Watercolor?’ Very rarely see Tempera in Art Shows. Acrylic seem to be the rage. Appreciate a definitive answer. Thanks.

  2. Ann Power
    Ann Power
    June 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Reply

    Can I dilute the poster paint we have at school so that the effect is more like a watercolour?

  3. Laura Mason
    July 3, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Reply

    My daughter worked on a project today on my BRAND NEW E.P.Henry patio and basically got tempera paint all over it… Will it fade? Please tell me it will. Thankfully it was a brown on the ‘honey’ pavers, so at least is a natural color, but I want it to fade. Can I speed that process along? They tried to wash it with soap and water but it is not budging. The paint was thinned with water. HELP! Any advice would be helpful.

  4. jane
    October 18, 2013 at 7:14 am | Reply

    I enjoyed reading about the differences! I was hoping I could get some advice… my son is creating artwork that id like to collect and keep for him to make a book. Is there a non toxic paint that he could use that won’t fade away? Thank you!

  5. CLB
    August 30, 2015 at 10:35 pm | Reply

    Okay, so here’s a weird one – I have these “Art Studio by Battat” paint tubes – on the front they say “watercolor” but on the back they say “tempra” [sic] – the ingredients are listed as:

    pachgum 50%
    extenders 17%
    pigment 8%
    pure water 25%

    So…what exactly do I have here? I know this post is a couple of years old, hopefully someone will still see this.


    1. Carlee
      September 1, 2015 at 10:44 am | Reply

      Hi there!

      It sounds like you do have watercolors! Pachgum is an uncommon binder used in watercolors, but you do still see it sometimes!


      1. CLB
        September 4, 2015 at 10:36 pm | Reply

        Thank you, Carlee!

        1. Carlee
          September 8, 2015 at 8:50 am | Reply

          You’re quite welcome :)


  6. Alyse Casciano
    Alyse Casciano
    March 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm | Reply

    Is there something you can use over a finished tempera (poster paints) work on paper that will keep it from fading- Matt medium?

    1. Carlee
      March 21, 2016 at 11:02 am | Reply

      Hi Alyse! I would suggest using an acrylic spray varnish like Golden or Liquitex, but you could probably also get by with using some type of fixative for dry media.


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