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The Practice of Tempera Painting


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Preface I 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 II 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 burnisher 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 for oil Preparation of wall surfaces Appendix "Tempera Practice in the Yale Art School," by Professor Lewis E. York"

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