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Preparation before painting with egg oil tempera

Before you start painting with egg oil tempera, it is important to prepare the surface to be painted. Here we go over how to prepare your painting project to achieve the best possible results.

Clean the surface

In order for the egg oil tempera to stick properly, it is important that the surface is clean and free of dirt, grease and dust. Use a cloth or a brush to clean the surface thoroughly before you start painting. If the surface is dirty, please wipe with a mild soapy solution or washing-up liquid. If there are grease stains, they may need to be wiped off with rubbing alcohol before painting. Runs or spots that are greasy and won't go away can be covered with shellac.

Sand the surface if necessary

The egg oil tempera follows the substrate, so the preliminary work is important if you want a completely smooth surface. If the surface is uneven or has old paint residue, it may be necessary to sand it before painting. Use a sander or sandpaper to sand the surface smooth and fine. Putty if necessary. Remember to vacuum or wipe off the sanding dust afterwards.

Shellac/twig lacquer on twigs

If the surface has twigs, shellac should always be applied before painting to avoid penetration. Also applies to old wood. Pine often resins more than spruce. We recommend shellac flakes that are dissolved in red spirit, but it is also possible to use ready-made shellac/twig

Paint on rag paper, clay lining or plaster

When painting on rag paper , prepare the surface by priming with wallpaper paste or cellulose paste. This reduces the absorbent effect of the material, which makes it easier to iron on the paint.

If you instead paint on plaster or clay lining, soak the surface thoroughly with water before you start painting. This technique facilitates the application of the paint on these materials.

Prepare the workplace

Make sure you have everything you need for the painting project close at hand, such as brushes , egg oil tempera , mixing buckets, protective clothing and protective equipment. Cover the floor and any furniture with masking paper to avoid paint splatter.

By following these steps to prepare for painting with egg oil tempera, you will create a good foundation for your painting project and increase the chance of a successful outcome. Remember to take the time to prepare the surface and workspace carefully, and your work with egg oil tempera will go more smoothly and give a better end result.

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