"For the use and good and profit of anyone who wants to enter this profession."
-- Cennino Cennini, sometime before 1437
Egg Tempera Resources and Bibliography
Sources of Supplies
Dick Blick Art Materials
PO Box 1267
Galesburg, IL 61402-1267
Dry pigments, tube egg temperas, imitation gold leaf, rabbitskin glue, chalk gesso mix, gesso ingredients, hardboard panels, brushes, dust masks, general books. A good all-around art supplier.
4150 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98314
Dry pigments, tube egg temperas, gold & other leafs, gilding tools & supplies, rabbitskin glue, chalk gesso mix, gesso ingredients, hardboard panels, brushes, dust masks, general books. Beautifully produced catalogue of all-purpose 2-D supplies. Friendly, fast service, good prices. Catalogues also include how-to articles, advice & reviews.
PO Box 112
Willits, CA 95490
Pigments, brushes, gilding and gessoing supplies, books, all with a focus on traditional eastern orthodox icon painting.
Kremer Pigments Inc.
247 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
Dry pigments (incredible range), pigments ground in water, rabbitskin glue, gesso ingredients, jars & bottles, brushes, dust masks, books. Prices are very good. They are helpful & willing to answer questions. The storefront is tiny, but well-stocked, if you have the chance to visit. Their catalogue contains a lot of information.
New York Central Art Supply Inc.
62 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Dry pigments (good assortment), tube egg temperas (wide range), gold & other leafs (good range), gilding tools & supplies, rabbitskin glue, chalk gesso mix, cradled unprimed panels, chalk gesso-primed panels, brushes, books. Excellent, all-purpose supply house with a laid-back attitude. The only drawback is the chaotic nature of their catalogue, which is really a half dozen or so leaflets, booklets, and inserts which are continually and haphazardly updated.
308 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013
Dry pigments, tube egg temperas, gold & other leafs, gilding tools & supplies, rabbitskin glue, chalk gesso mix, hardboard panels, chalk gesso-primed panels, brushes, books. Unlike the other suppliers, Pearl will sell your name to mailing lists unless you opt out. They are very aggressive marketers.
Sepp Leaf Products, Inc.
381 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
All kinds of gilding supplies.
Sinopia Pigments & Materials
1340 Bryant Street@Division
San Francisco, CA 94103
"Pigments and Materials for Restoration, Interior Design, Fine Arts". Very similar to what Kremer Pigments carries, althhough Sinopia's prices are noticeably higher.
The Society of Tempera Painters
The primo egg tempera information clearinghouse.
Egg Tempera: A Resource Guide
A helpful site of assorted links.
Translated from the French, a little quirkily. Charming and useful.
These are useful:
Cole, Bruce, The Renaissance Artist at Work: From Pisano to Titian, Harper & Row, Publishers, New York 1994 (9th printing)
Feller, Robert L. ed. Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics, Volume 1 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 1986
Fitzhugh, Elisabeth West ed., Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics, Volume 3 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 1997
Gottsegen, Mark David, The Painter's Handbook, Revised and Expanded Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 2006
McCann, Michael, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 1979
McCann, Michael, Health Hazards Manual for Artists, Nick Lyons Books, New York 1985
Ramos-Poquí, Guillem The Technique of Icon Painting, Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, PA 1991
Rossol, Monona, Artists Complete Health & Safety Guide 3rd Edition, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 2001
Roy, Ashok ed., Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics, Volume 2 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 1993
Sultan, Altoon, The Luminous Brush: Painting With Egg Tempera, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 1999
Thompson, Jr., Daniel V., The Practice of Tempera Painting: Materials and Methods, Dover Publications, Inc. 1962
Vickrey, Robert and Cochran, Diane New Techniques in Egg Tempera, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 1989 (6th printing)
Wilcox, Michael The Wilcox Guide to the Best Watercolor Paints, Colour School Publications, London 1995