Making Tempera Paint Thicker

Paintings done with tempera paint are often referred to as “tempera” and have been dated back to as early as first century A.D. Tempera paint can be thin, but there are ways to thicken the mixture depending on your use for it.

Mix the tempera paint powder in a bowl with water. Stir the powder until it dissolves. The amount of water will depend on the manufacturer and how much tempera paint you need.

Add 1 tsp. of salt, white flour or sand to the mixture to thicken it.

Continue adding 1 tsp. of white flour, salt or sand until you achieve the desired thickness or texture of tempera paint.

Spread the paint with a palette knife or stiff paintbrush.


Avoid breathing in the tempera paint powder as it can be harmful. Only adults should mix the paint.

Mix the paint in a well-ventilated area.

Necessary Materials

Tempera paint
Wooden spoon
White flour
Palette knife
Stiff paintbrush

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