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There are a few ways that you can paint like a master, we will attempt to give you some formulations that you can try safely at home.
You can use our own Binding Formulation to add to our colours, or alternatively you can try the way the old masters used to formulate their own paints.

TEMPERA
Tempera (Italian: [ˈtɛmpera]), also known as egg tempera, is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium (usually a glutinous material such as egg yolk or some other size). Tempera also refers to the paintings done in this medium. Tempera paintings are very long lasting, and examples from the first century AD still exist. Egg tempera was a primary method of painting until after 1500 when it was superseded by the invention of oil painting. A paint consisting of pigment and glue size commonly used in the United States as poster paint is also often referred to as "tempera paint," although the binders and sizes in this paint are different from traditional tempera paint.
Tempera is traditionally created by hand-grinding dry powdered pigments into a binding agent or medium, such as egg, honey, milk (in the form of casein) and a variety of plant gums.

Tempera painting starts with placing a small amount of the powdered pigment onto a palette, dish or bowl and adding about an equal volume of the binder and mixing. Some pigments require slightly more binder, some require less. A few drops of distilled water are added; then the binder (egg emulsion) is added in small increments to the desired transparency. The more egg emulsion, the more transparent the paint.
(Information taken from Wikipedia)

TEMPERA RECIPE 1
Egg Tempera with refined Linseed Oil.

1 x Egg
Linseed Oil
Distilled Water
Method:-
Crack only the top off of one egg, pour the contents into a small container.
Mix thoroughly.
Using the egg shell as your measure, fill the egg shell with Linseed Oil, pour in and mix, then repeat this measure with distilled water.
Mix all together, adding pigment as you are whisking.
This is a Guide only, you may have to adjust your formulation to suit your needs.
Always read the precautions and instructions that come with Linseed Oil.
Work within a well-ventilated area, wear goggle and face mask.
P260:- Do not breathe in dust, Always keep away from children.

OUR BINDING AGENT

12g x Pigment/Mica
3g x TCS's Binding Agent
Method:-
Simply in a grip seal bag, or if you have a jar or Pot, add the above ingredients and shake/mix well. That's is it, a very very simple yet, will work everytime way to make your own powdered pigment/mica paints.
To use,(this is for a tiny amount, please make more to the amount you need) take a very small
amount of your mixed powdered/binder mica, place on your palette. Take your paint brush and dip into a jar of fresh water. This amount of water is just about all you need to wet the pigment. Mix, add more water if needed, even more if you like to use your colours as a water colour style. Simply paint your project. Any/All of our colours will work using our method.
This is a Guide only, you may have to adjust your formulation to suit your needs.
Always read the precautions and instructions that come with any product. Work within a well-ventilated area, wear goggle and face mask.
P260:- Do not breathe in dust, Always keep away from children.

SHABBY CHIC CHALK PAINT
Basic Recipe

1 x Cup latex paint in any colour, but if you have a white, you can add our pigments/oxides or neons to this, for your own unique colours.
4 x Tablespoons of our TCS French Chalk
2 x Tablespoons water
Mix well.
Have your project already lightly sanded with 220 grit sanding paper. Clean or wipe down your project to remove any dust.
Using a good quality paint brush, apply one coat of your homemade chalk paint to your piece. Let this fully dry.
Lightly sand again with your 220-grit sandpaper. This will do 2 things: most importantly, it will test the paint’s adhesion and
knock off any rough edges or imperfections.
At this point, you can add a second coat of the same color or switch to a second color for a layered look. Once again let this dry inbetween coats.
Sand back the edges to distress
Seal with either carnauba wax or polyurethane. Matte polyurethane is wonderful because it keeps the vintage feel of the piece.
This is a Guide only, you may have to adjust your formulation to suit your needs.
Always read the precautions and instructions that come with any product.
Work within a well-ventilated area, wear goggle and face mask.
P260:- Do not breathe in dust, Always keep away from children.