|Varnishing an Egg Tempera Painting|
An Egg Tempera painting follow a polymerisation process taking around six month. Past this time, the painting has harden enough and is ready for varnishing.
During medieval times, varnishes were substituted :
- by snail slime in Flandres and north of France
- by fig milk (resin of the fig tree) in Provence (south of France) and Italy.
Water Varnish of Egg White
|1 Egg white betted into snow||40 ml|
|Collect the over night juice of the preparation|
Bee Wax or Carnauba Wax Solution
|Lavender Oil (warm it to melt)||2|
|bleached Bee (or Carnauba)Wax cuttings||1|