Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Powder Tempra

Does anybody use powder tempra?  I inherited a TON when I moved into my rooms last year and haven't used it.  I experimented the other day mixing it and it seemed to be quite runny although the color was pretty saturated like regular paint.  Any suggestions/hints/tips?


  1. I have tons of powder tempera too...I hope someone can enlighten us :)

  2. mix it with glue and you can make raised paintings!

  3. Beware, it stains. EVERYTHING. Even SKIN. I accidentally dyed my kids orange using powered tempera! Didn't wash off for two days.

  4. It's been years since I've had to deal with this stuff. But I seem to remember that you can mix it with starch for fingerpaints, and I'm wondering about using it for marbling. If I were you, I'd wait till the kids have gone home and then EXPERIMENT.

  5. I recently traded all of mine with another teacher in the building then I found this recipe. I'm kicking myself a little, but I understand it works with liquid tempra too!

    Puffy Paint
    1 1/2 cups of water
    1 3/4 cups of flour
    1/3 cup salt

    Mix in a blender until smooth, then pour into "perm" bottles. Add 1-2 tablespoons of powdered tempra (or liquid) and shake. Adjust paint content as needed.

    Hope this helps!