What is Egg Tempera?

  

        

Egg tempera is an early painting medium that is most associated with Medieval illuminated manuscripts. It is a simple process in which paint is created by mixing pure pigment with the yolk of an egg. This is then diluted with water and painted onto prepared wooden panels, in thin layers, gradually building up the colour. It is quiet a labourious process, and therefore not really suited to creating very large paintings.