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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 :)


    2. Shan
      July 27, 2016 at 11:47 pm | Reply

      Lol I came to check because I have these as well!! Ha

  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.


  7. Stephen L Schroeder
    Stephen L Schroeder
    August 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm | Reply

    Question: Is Dick Blick premium Tempera paint really going to last on canvas panels. The tempera is rated lightfast that is why started making paintings from this highly rated tempera. I have about 80 paintings so far and now was wondering if I made a mistake ?

    1. Byron Cook
      Byron Cook
      August 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm | Reply

      It may be a good idea to contact Dick Blick for this one. Here is there contact information: http://www.dickblick.com/customerservice/contact/

      Hope this helps, thanks!

  8. Ol' Bob
    Ol' Bob
    March 31, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Reply

    I have had good luck mixing white casein with watercolors to paint on dark surfaces even black (gesso or acrylic). I plan to try using white tempera poster paint with watercolors on dark surfaces, hopefully with a good result. My favorite medium is watercolor (followed by oil then acrylic). Experimenting has broadened my horizons.

  9. eugene
    April 3, 2017 at 5:55 am | Reply

    Hi, I just wanted to ask if this is done professionally. To use good quality watercolors with a good amount of poster colors to make the colors opaque ? Does the painting get down graded to a poster color painting where it can fade ? I tried using the white of water color paint , but I would use so much of it

  10. Ol' Bob
    Ol' Bob
    April 6, 2017 at 11:34 am | Reply

    The poster paint experiment did not work to my satisfaction. I believe the casein and WC on black gesso or acrylic produces better results. Fading of the mix may result but not in my life time. I spray all WC and acrylic work with Krylon UV-Resistant clear coat. My preferred media is WC. I sell very little of my work. I paint for myself for recreation and have fun plus donate to fund raisers.

  11. unknown
    August 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Reply

    fuck yall

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