Paint with home made egg paint – Giotto di Bondone

Egg Painting - Giotto style

Recently we have bought a great art book for kids: Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga.

The first lesson is about the painter Giotto din Bondone 1266-1337 wikipedia.

At that time, paints were made from combinations of egg yolks, clay, minerals, insects – to have color.

We have tried this technique and the results were interesting.

Egg Painting - Giotto style
Egg Painting – Giotto style

How to make the paint:

  1. separate the yellow egg yoke from the rest of the egg into a small cup
  2. mix with 2 teaspoons of water until the mixture is yellow
  3. you can use food colouring – separate the egg yolk into several cups and add different colours to each cup
  4. mix until the colour spreads
  5. have a plastic wrap or tray to create small patches of new colours by mixing the base ones
  6. paint and dry the painting
painting like Giotto
painting like Giotto

We have also enjoyed looking at Giotto’s paintings:

Ognissanti Madonna, (c. 1310) Tempera on wood, 325 by 204 centimetres (128 by 80 inches) Uffizi, Florence

Ognissanti Madonna, (c. 1310) Tempera on wood, 325 by 204 centimetres (128 by 80 inches) Uffizi, Florence
Ognissanti Madonna, (c. 1310) Tempera on wood, 325 by 204 centimetres (128 by 80 inches) Uffizi, Florence

The Nativity in the Lower Church, Assisi

The Nativity in the Lower Church, Assisi
The Nativity in the Lower Church, Assisi

The Crucifixion of Rimini

The Crucifixion of Rimini
The Crucifixion of Rimini
January 24, 2020

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