Using the right brushes, rollers and accessories when painting with egg oil tempera increases the chance of achieving the best possible results. Here we go through how to choose the right tools and tips for using them effectively.
Choose the right brush
When painting with egg oil tempera, it is important to choose the right brush. Use brushes with natural or mixed bristles. Thanks to their ability to hold a lot of color, they mean that you don't have to get new color as often. The paint must be applied fluidly "wet on wet". Synthetic brushes are not as suitable because they can give an uneven surface when you reapply paint many times and the brush does not hold as much paint.
Size and shape of the brush
Adjust the size and shape of the brush according to what you are going to paint. For large areas, use a wide brush to cover larger areas quickly and efficiently. For detail work and smaller areas, use a narrower and more precision-adapted brush. Lacquer brushes and ceiling brushes work great. Our egg oil tempera brushes are 40, 60 and 80mm wide and barely 8-10mm thick. Then we have a stronger ceiling brush 100x30mm which is excellent if you have to paint larger surfaces.
Choose the right roles and accessories
A roller works well if you have to paint a larger surface such as walls and ceilings. Preferably a roller with slightly longer bangs, about 20-25mm, so it can take a lot of color and reduce the number of re-dos with new color. It can be good to have a narrower roller for the edge and a wider one for the larger surfaces. Feel free to use extension shafts if there are larger surfaces. The paint can be advantageously poured into a roller tray or just directly onto a disc.
Other tools to paint with
Feel free to try other painting tools to get exciting effects. A wallpaper brush instead of a brush covers both the rough surface and can give a nice vibrant surface to the paint. Natural sponge gives a surface with life, can be used together with several shades or colors that are mixed on the same surface. Blueberry rice or a birch vaga are good if you want to splatter paint. A dowel is a good tool for stencil painting. Try your hand and discover different effects.
Protect surfaces and mask
In order to make it easy to paint and avoid the color ending up wrong, it is good to cover the floor underneath with protective paper and mask the edges with masking tape. If you are masking on wallpaper or newly painted surfaces, it can be good to use blue masking tape, which releases more easily and does not damage the surface. Remove the tape as soon as possible after painting.
Cleaning brushes and tools
After you've painted with egg oil tempera, it's important to clean your brushes and tools thoroughly. Use soap or olive soap and warm water to clean the brushes, making sure to remove all paint from the brush. Let the brushes dry lying on a flat surface or hanging to keep their shape.
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In conclusion, it is important to choose the right brushes, tools and accessories when painting with egg oil tempera. By using the right tools and taking care of them properly, you can achieve the best possible results in your painting projects and use the same tools over and over again.