Tempera Resist


6 steps:

pick a textured animal or person with a lot of wrinkles, beard or scrunched face for texture and draw on watercolor paper

light watercolor on paper

2-3 coats of Tempera

india ink


embellish with more color

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Tempera Resist with

Permanent Ink


Objective: The student will re-discover an old method of creating a painting used in elementary school in which they will apply tempera paint and cover the composition with permanent ink.



Art history reproductions of famous(highly recognizable art)

Quality, thick white or pastel colored construction paper

11” X 17”

Black India Ink (may also use permanent colors such as red,

turquoise, blue, green, etc)

Quality liquid tempera paints in a variety of colors

Soft brushes, medium size


Large sink or large, flat plastic container

Pitcher or bottles to pour water if a sink is not handy



Value                                    Color harmony             highlights            Contrast                       Spacing                       composition

Permanent Ink             Diagonals, horizontals and verticals



         The students will take a large piece of thick construction paper

and draw a composition on it using a #2 pencil

The composition may be an abstract, non-objective or realistic

design (using a famous highly recognizable piece of work like the MONO LISA has been successful in the past)

The composition may also be determined by using a view finder

on top of a picture or work of art and cropping the design

as a smaller portion of the original work.

The student will begin applying layers of liquid tempera paint on

the composition making sure they leave the paper raw between changes of colors

(Example) Paint one area. Begin painting another area but leave a small space between the two colors where the paper will have NO PAINT.

Do this throughout the entire painting.

The student will make sure they have 2 – 3 layers of paint on

each painted spot.

After the composition has dried completely, the student will take

a smooth, medium to large soft brush and apply one good coverage of permanent ink such as black India Ink. (You may substitute colored permanent inks as well)

The student will wait until the ink has dried (10 – 15 minutes)

and then place the painting either in a large sink or flat container.

The student will then run water slowly over the painting. If a

sink is not available, pour water on the painting.


The student will use their hands or fingers to begin rubbing the

top of the inked painting to release some of the ink. The more rubbing, the more the paint releases the ink. Pouring fresh water over the painting will clean the dirty water off of the painting and expose the true colors left.

The student will lay the wet painting carefully on a piece of

newspaper and place both newspaper and painting on the dry rack to dry for 24 hours.


Criteria for Evaluation:

Did the student follow directions when applying layers of paint, leaving spaces between colors?

Did the student apply the ink and remove it properly?

Did the student create a strong composition in tempera resist?

Did the student create strong contrast within the painting?

Did the student complete the assignment with good craftsmanship?


Middle schoolers:

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