Fine art Friday is finally back! This week we learned where painters got their paints/pigments. It's quite interesting to see how much work went into the paints before the artists even started their work. A few that we learned were: brown from tiger's eye, green from oxidized copper, and the second most expensive was blue from lapis lazuli. Usually the painter's apprentices would grind fresh minerals and mix the paints for their teachers. In this kid friendly version we make egg paint from ground up chalk and egg yolk! You will need: a metal mixing bowl, a rock with a smooth side, an egg, a few little containers, and some sidewalk chalk. If you are just joining us you can find the books we're using here.
Start by grinding up the chalk one color at a time. I did the bulk of this and then let them have a turn when it's a little easier. Put your powder in your containers (mine are dipping sauce bowls from Walmart) and head for the kitchen.
Whip an egg yolk and then spoon a little into each container and stir it up. For these five colors I used one egg yolk. Even though our powder seemed pretty fine when I made these, it ended up a little lumpy. It worked fine for our project but I'd probably grind it a little extra next time.
Now go to town with the paints you made yourself! We used ours to make bright cards.
This was a super fun project! My kids are always asking how to mix colors to make others, and inevitably after that comes where do we get red, blue, and yellow. It was really cool for them to find out where artists got their colors. I'd love to see your results if you try it!