Dry ground artist’s pigments. Most artists pigments may be used in the tempera technique.
Historic palette included:
1. Lead white
2. Charcoal blacks
3. Earth pigments
4. Lead tin Yellow
6. Lapis (natural mineral)
10. Lake colors
For detailed information on historic pigments go to heading "HISTORIC PIGMENTS"
A very basic modern palette may include:
1. Titanium white
2. Ivory black
3. Yellow ochre
4. Raw umber
5. Chrome oxide green
6. Blue, Cobalt or Ultramarine (Ultramarine is less expensive, it does not mix well by itself with
water. Ox gall liquid or other wetting agent will assist here. it will mix well with yolk therefore
it is possible to skip the pigment paste step in the paint-making instructions with this color.
7. Cadmium pigments red, yellow, orange
PIGMENTS MAY BE HAZARDOUS, USE PROPER PRECAUTIONS. Follow handling instructions given by
suppliers. Safe pigment substitutes are available for dangerous traditional pigments from many
Water color type palette, or little cups or jars
Brushes- typically those used in watercolor are preferred; size depends on technique, scale and image
Water, distilled is best but not required.
Prepared gesso panel- see section on panel preparation.