April 08, 2014

Finishing Our Clay Facades: 4th Grade

We ran out of time last nine weeks to finish our clay facades...so we kicked off the new nine weeks finishing them up.  I had my students use a gouache to paint their clay, and then we used a tempera varnish to finish them off.  I feel the tempera varnish is a more economical way to complete the pieces. A little goes a long way..and I find it over all a little cheaper to purchase than clear acrylic.  With no hood on my kiln....and limited budget....glaze is not a great option for me at this time!  



  1. What beautiful art and useful tips! Thanks for sharing Mr. E!

  2. I have never heard of tempera varnish! Is that something you add to regular tempera, or something you purchase all together? I love the shine and the price can't be beat I am sure.

    1. I got it through Sax I believe. It is a top coat...I don't think you would mix it in?!

  3. I am not sure if my other comment went through, but where do you find Tempera Varnish? Is it something you add to Tempera or buy somewhere. Looks great and cost effective!