January 11, 2012

Tempera Paint Issues

I really should have done this post before I ordered my supplies?!?!

What tempera paint do you use???  I have 7 different brands/types of tempera(well..out of the supplies I have left..almost out of everything).  Several of them are extremely runny(no matter how hard I shake them!).
So....tell me...what have you found to be the best tempera paint out there??

29 comments:

  1. I've had no issues at all with Dick Blick. I find they have great quality even with age.

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  2. Dick Blick student grade tempera is what I use. I work at a boys and girls club and I actually get a little annoyed when people donate other brands and I have to use them up first before ordering Blick brand, lol.

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  3. I don't knoif you've addressed this or not but I notice a huge difference between washable and regular Tempera. This year I made the mistake of ordering washable tempera paint and it is a ton more runny than my stuff from last year. I suggest Crayola or Dick Blick - I know the brand name causes it to be more expensive, but sometime it's worth it.

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  4. I ordered cheap tempera paint last year- never again! This time I ordered crayola artista (I think) and it is pretty good. I have Prang at my other school that is leftover from the last art teacher. I have no idea how old it is, at least 3 years and it is really nice.

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  5. I like Blick, either student grade or premium. both are thick.

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  6. I use Blick student tempera, and I've never had any issues with it! Blick usually sends us a catalog with sale prices in it at the beginning of each semester, so the prices tend to be reasonable.

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  7. We primarily use Versatemp. I find it to be pretty good quality and reasonably priced. Last year was the first time I ordered School Smart because of how much cheaper it was... not so good. I guess you get what you pay for!

    This past summer I had a friend donate BINS full of Gothic Tempera? The label definitely makes it look as if it was from the 90's (if not earlier). Right now I'm mostly going through all of that because it was free, and I have A LOT... it's MUCH more runny, but for painting projects that aren't "painting projects," I guess it'll do.

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  8. Blick is actually one of the main ones I've had issues with. And I agree about the washable(actually..I don't like most "washable" products). Maybe I got a bad batch of Blick. I actually have loved the ones I received from Hobby Lobby from the art supply drive from the beginning of the year.

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  9. My favorite tempera is Crayola Premium. Always consistent. As for watercolors, I love the prang semi moist oval double set!

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  10. I think the one I use now is Prang, and I adore it. So nice and thick. Although I must be honest, definitely not my medium of choice.

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  11. Prang and VersaTemp are my "go to" paints. The Sax brand isn't bad either. Could you maybe add some Tempera Medium to your runny stuff, to make it work?

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  12. I use Crayola Tempera Paint. I've been using it for seven years. Some things (brands) are worth spending the extra money on name brand or not. I never have issues with is brand or type of paint.

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  13. I've seen similar posts on two other blogs, going back over the year and I seem to remember Saxs being a popular paint in both quality and price. I'm using up several brands right now and haven't found a favorite.

    www.artfor1170.blogspot.com

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  14. I use crayola premier and sometimes the artists II. Both are good for most colors but stick with the premier for black and white.

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  15. I use Crayola Artista Washable. I ususally don't like washable either, but I do like this paint far better than others I have tried. Doesn't have a bad (weird) odor and is pretty opaque. Usually with cheaper tempera is thin and very sheer in coverage. I try to catch it on sale and order what I think will last me the whole year.

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  16. I use Crayola Artista Washable. I ususally don't like washable either, but I do like this paint far better than others I have tried. Doesn't have a bad (weird) odor and is pretty opaque. Usually with cheaper tempera is thin and very sheer in coverage. I try to catch it on sale and order what I think will last me the whole year.

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  17. The Crayola Artista is my new favorite. My old go-to was this paint called Living Color but the company went up in smoke. I bounced around for a while from brand to brand until Crayola came out with the Artista line.

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  18. I use Crayola Premium tempera and BioColor from Discount school supply. Both work great. I also have a stash of Crayola Washable Tempera that I like to use with K-1 because the cleanup is so spectacularly EASY! Generally speaking, I think anything washable sucks, but I make exceptions.

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  19. I agree about washable tempera. Not good. We are supposed to order mostly from School Specialty so I have ordered Versatemp for years. It's affordable, and it's got good coverage and nice consistency. There are some colors I don't like so much - the turquoise in particular. So I order Artista turquoise and a couple other colors to enhance. Versatemp used to have a gorgeous blue-violet color called ultra-blue that mixed into gorgeous violets, but they sadly don't offer it any more :(

    As for Dru's comment, I get lots of donations from people doing closet cleaning, and I'm saving them for a big bit of Jackson Pollock craziness I have planned.

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  20. I like the Prang Ready to Use. But this year, due to lack of funds, I am using Discount School Supply's brand of Tempra. I like all the colors except Turq. It's a little off. For the price it covers surprisingly well and is rather flexible when dry.

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  21. There are some suggestions from me and other bloggers compiled here if u or anyone here is interested.

    http://artprojectgirl.blogspot.com/2011/05/review-best-tempera-paint.html

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  22. I've used Blick, only to have it harden in the bottle from year to year. Forget School Specialty, as it's quality is not there, and I've also tried Prang, but was especially disappointed with the red and the white being too runny. I like Crayola and if you buy it in the powdered version, you can mix as much as you need and the powder will last for years on the shelf! Cynthia

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  23. if you are like me and have a very slamm budget, maybe try going with School Specialty, they own Sax art supply and have a cheep and good tempra. i like it, but i have never used anything else.

    also, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!!!!

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  24. I'm a VersaTemp user. It has nice coverage and is not runny at all.I especially love the VersaTemp pearls on unfired pottery. Regular paint looks a bit flat but the pearls add a nice sparkle to any artwork.

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  25. I have Blick and it is either runny or separated to the extent that I cannot shake it to useable! It is the premium label. UGHHHHHH. To be fair to Blick, I do not know how old the paint is. I am new and this was what was in the art room.

    I am going to try a different brand next year.

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  26. Blick Premium tempera is awesome.

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  27. This is a great list- I'm so fussy about my tempera as I use it ALOT. My favourite brand, though it can be hard to find, is called "PRO ART"- it's a premium liquid tempera- dries to a very rich, velvety and opaque finish.

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  28. Has anyone used K-12 tempera paint?

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  29. Versa brand tempera paint is the best coverage of all the "cheap stuff". Use it K-8 art

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