Make Colorful Egg Tempera Yourself DIY - Tutorial


Dear art lovers,

yesterday my pigments arrived in the mail. I bought it from a company that deals with concrete production. So they are not typical branded pigments. Nevertheless, I find the pigments to be of high quality. I painted the picture above with these pigments, which I used to make egg tempera based on the old model. The colors shine beautifully. After scanning, however, you have to increase the color saturation in an image editing program, otherwise the bright colors are not as bright. Depending on how the scanner settings are. In this article I would like to give you instructions on how you can make egg tempera for your painting according to the old model - without any strong smelling substances. Many painters simply paint in their private rooms without having their own studio where they can work. Then it is important not to use strong smelling substances.


You need the following materials (some optional):

  • Pigments you here can order, approx.EUR 16.80 plus postage for 6 x 100 g pigment (I don't earn anything from this recommendation)
  • 1 cup with water, ideally distilled water for more color purity
  • 1 pipette to absorb the water
  • Small cups for mixing the colors (e.g. ice cube boxes, boxes/glass for mixing watercolor paints or the like)
  • 1 paint spatula or a fork to mix the paint
  • 2-6 tea / mocha spoons for filling the pigments
  • 1 to 6 eggs (depending on how much color you want to mix)
  • Newsprint to underlay
  • Two cups to separate the eggs
  • Please make sure you have a fine dust mask. The fine dust particles can be inhaled accidentally.


I'll give you the example using the ice cube tray because I've tried it with it.

  1. Take the two cups, place them side by side and separate the eggs (instructions can be found on the Internet).
  2. Put half a tea / mocha spoon of pigment (color of your choice) in the first compartment of the ice cube container.
  3. Put the same amount of egg yolk in the ice cube tray with the spoon. Please do not use the egg protein!
  4. Take the pipette and fill it with the distilled water. Put this water in the ice cube container with the egg yolk pigment mass. Repeat this process two to three times, depending on the desired color intensity.
  5. Mix the mass thoroughly with the paint spatula or fork.
  6. Ready to paint!

This way you can create wonderful egg tempera colors that don't smell at all - neither during the painting process nor afterwards. They also shine wonderfully. You can also mix these egg tempera colors together so that you get along very well with the six colors that are included in the pigment package from the manufacturer. Finally, another picture that I painted with these egg tempera colors:

Happy painting!



Two Sketches: Squirrel Paradise and Chilean Dancers


Das erste Bild zeigt die Outlines des Bildes “Squirrel Paradise”.



Diese Abbildung zeigt mein angefangenes Bild “Chilenische Tänzer”. Die zweite Tänzerin wird noch ausgemalt mit BIC Crystal Filzstiften und der Hintergrund und der Boden werden mit Pastellkreide gezeichnet.

How I Grew Book Illustrator



I offer authors illustrations for children's books, novels and non-fiction. At this point I would like to tell you how I came up with this idea.

Communication with my Former Teacher

For some time now I have been in email contact with my former teacher, who is a recognized Art Collector and is an art connoisseur. In the past he was also a curator in an art museum. I regularly sent him my pictures to view and asked him for advice on everything to do with art. It's great to have someone who knows what they're doing and who can impart knowledge that you can trust.

After regularly sending him many of my works, he recommended that I create illustrations for books. Many years ago a Czech acquaintance had asked me about book illustrations. However, I didn't dare to do that at the time. After I have gained more security over the years and have more confidence in myself, I now offer authors book illustrations.

Since I am interested in many areas and also have a broad portfolio at the microstock agencies, I offer illustrations for children's books as well as for novels and non-fiction books.

The Own Hand Script

Jeder Künstler, auch jeder Illustrator, entwickelt eine Art “eigene Handschrift”, also seine oder ihre Art, zu malen und zu zeichnen. Dies macht seine Kunst aus. Ich habe einerseits einen Hang zur naiven Malerei wie mein ehemaliger, leider verstorbener, Kunstlehrer, Hans Braun, es beschrieb. Es ist genau diese Handschrift, die Menschen von den Werken eines Künstlers begeistert. Die hellen, positiven Farben eines Bildes, eine überwältigende Stimmung im Bild, die Harmonie der Farben und Formen und auch die Emotionen, die ein Bild bei einem/r Betrachter*in auslösen. Der Künstler drückt damit seine Emotionen und Gefühle aus, die er während des Malens und Zeichnens erlebt.

Wann ist ein Bild “perfekt”?

Vorab, kein Bild ist perfekt. Es gab einen Maler, der in den Louvre gegangen ist und sein Bild fertig gemalt hat, da er es für nicht perfekt hielt. Wenn ich ein Bild vollendet habe und damit zufrieden bin, dann ist es für mich “perfekt”. So, wie es dann aussieht, soll es sein, selbst dann, wenn irgendwelche Fehler darin sind. Jeder, der nach einem Fehler sucht, wird mit Sicherheit einen Fehler finden. So ist dies meiner Ansicht nach mit allem. Es kommt auf die jeweilige, hoffentlich positive, Lebenseinstellung und Sichtweise eines Menschen an. Ein positiver, optimistischer Mensch wird auch in einem nicht so gelungenen Bild etwas Positives finden, da dies seine oder ihre Art und Weise ist, mit allem umzugehen, was ihm oder ihr im Leben begegnet.


A few words about the dwarf house illustration

The illustration you see in this post was made in Inkscape. I just love such drawings. Inkscape also offers numerous options for enhancing the images. I created the leaves with one of the numerous effects in Inkscape. However, I do not work with Adobe Illustrator because I find it very uncomfortable to use and also reject the subscription system. However, I am happy to provide you with SVG files, PDF, JPG, PNG and TIFF files. PDF and TIFF files in particular can be used well for printing. An SVG file enables you to scale and edit a vector graphic according to your wishes.

The rose - the symbol of love and affection



This morning, very early, between seven and nine o'clock, I drew this rose. I am pleased that it was so successful. On weekends I have a lot of time to paint and draw. It is quiet, nothing bothers, nobody rings, the phone is silent. An ideal time to paint and draw. Sunday is a special day for me, it has always been. As a child, I often went to the Protestant church on Sundays. I love the silence in the room.


Drawing Techniques

I would like to write a few words about the painting technique. A special focus is that different light and dark pencil types are used. This gives depth to the picture. The image contains gradients on the inner edges of the petals. With such drawings, it is important to work with light and shadow. Another technique I used is that I used a paper wiper to wipe the areas. A paper wiper is a pen-like object made of paper that is more suitable than paper handkerchiefs that can also be used for it. A paper wiper gives drawn surfaces a flat and therefore realistic appearance.

Den unteren Bereich habe ich mit Grafit aufgetragen. Ich habe dazu einen Latex-Handschuh verwendet, da der Grafit recht hartnäckig ist, wenn man ihn an den Fingern hat. Ich liebe es, mit Grafit zu zeichnen. Es entstehen tolle Effekte damit. Eine weitere Methode, um eine solche Bleistiftzeichnung zu zeichnen, ist das Setzen von Glanzlichtern. Der Grafit des Bleistifts wird mit einem Radierstift ausradiert. So habe ich auch die Adern der Blättern “gezeichnet”. Die Blütenblätter haben verschiedene Glanzlichter, damit sie realistischer wirken.


My Personal Relationship to this Picture

The rose represents love and affection. It looks classy and appealing. They are often given to women for their wedding or birthday. For me, love and affection are very important feelings. I wish for more charity among people, even if I have learned that unfortunately there are not only good people, but also those who have evil in mind and want to harm others. The rose is said to be an appeal for more love among people, a symbol for the end of disputes and wars in the world.

For me, the rose also stands for aesthetics and beauty, it is very graceful. I like it best among cut flowers. Since this is a pencil drawing, everyone can interpret their own desired color in the picture.


I wish all people and animals a nice Sunday!

Half-timbered house in Thuringia, Indian ink

Facts About the Picture

Title: Half-timbered house in Thuringia

Technique: Indian ink

Materials: black ink, pen, brush, high quality cardboard

Special feature: washings (forecourt in front of the half-timbered house)

Format: 6,69 inch x 9,45 inch



Ink drawings inspire some people and others don't like them. I find it very expressive and rich in contrast. Architecture in particular, enriched by a few trees, can be represented very well as an ink drawing. I think ink is a very nice traditional drawing material. The Chinese painted ink drawings in ancient China.

Das Wort “tuschen” stammt aus dem Französischen “toucher”, etwas mit schwarzer Farbe bemalen. Es bedeutet im Deutschen “berühren”, verwandt ist es auch mit dem englischen “to touch”. Tuschen enthalten Farbpigmente und Bindemittel. Die Bindemittel können entweder aus Kunstharz oder aus wässrigem Schellack sein. Tusche hat zumeist einen sehr starken Eigengeruch und manchmal riecht man es noch Stunden später, wenn man mit Tusche gezeichnet hat. Mittlerweile gibt es jedoch einen bekannten Hersteller, der nahezu geruchslose Tusche herstellt. Von ihm beziehe ich meine Tusche. Per E-Mail-Anfrage an I can tell you the name. Unfortunately I am not allowed to publish brand names here.


Half-timbered house in Thuringia

You can see one of my pictures above. It represents a Thuringian half-timbered house with a forecourt. It is getting old. From the top left, branches of a tree protrude into the picture. The entrance is a circular gate. There are small windows on the first floor, on the roof and on the first floor. The incidence of light in the house is low. A special feature of the picture is the washing of the forecourt in front of the house. A wash is applied with Indian ink diluted with water and a brush. Depending on how much color you use, the wash becomes lighter or darker. For this reason, you should always try a wash on a piece of sandpaper before you apply it to the drawing board.

I mostly paint and draw on watercolor paper. Except when I paint Chinese characters with a stamp. The stamp would not come out well because the watercolor paper is clearly structured.

On the right in the picture you can see cobblestones. The area where the wash is located is sandy.


The Inspiration for this Painting

One day I had a great desire to draw with ink. It should be an architectural theme, preferably a half-timbered house. I visited the website and entered the search term half-timbered house. Numerous half-timbered houses built up in front of me. I looked through the half-timbered houses in peace. Suddenly I was particularly attracted to a photo with a Thuringian half-timbered house. Maybe because I had a friendship with a Thuringian acquaintance for many years, who unfortunately has since passed away.

I find half-timbered houses very attractive, they are original, traditional, simple. They never look showy and pompous. Half-timbered houses are very cozy and I am enthusiastic about the wooden panels on which the masonry was built. I particularly like green half-timbered houses, on which ivy stands.

I have a strong penchant for traditional and historical buildings and monuments. When I see an old fountain or a half-timbered house in the middle of the city, I often stop and look at it carefully. If I have a camera with me, I like to take pictures. Here in the north end of Frankfurt, in addition to the numerous classicist buildings, we have some areas where there are half-timbered houses that were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. For example in Alt-Höchst, Alt-Sachsenhausen, Alt-Bornheim and Alt-Schwanheim. These are all parts of Frankfurt am Main where I live. Last year we were at the Alt Sachsenhausen Christmas market. The half-timbered buildings created a particularly cozy atmosphere at this annual Christmas market.

If you like this picture, you are welcome to purchase it as a photo print from me. The sales conditions can be found on the home page. Write to


Kunstmalerin Zeichnerin Martina Ledermann



Welcome to Martina Ledermann's blog!

Great that you found the way to my blog. Thank you!

For a while I thought about whether I would even offer a blog on this art website and, above all, what topics it should have. After all, you don't want to bore your readers with drawing and painting details. Then I decided to start the blog. The subjects he is supposed to deal with are my pictures. I am going to tell you what made me choose to draw or paint a picture and what personally connects me to this picture.

An artist paints and draws from his soul. His artistic themes are those that touch him emotionally and that interest him. It is the same with me. This website consists of two major subject areas: the hand-painted works and the digital art images that were drawn in an image editing program. I am very interested in both areas, although the hand-painted pictures are clearly the more emotional ones. This is also due to the way they are created. The hand guides the brush, chalk or pencil. I now mostly create my digital pictures with a graphic tablet. Only the graphics that I draw in the vector program Inkscape are created with the computer mouse.

Interessante Eindrücke können Sie unter anderem unter Menüpunkt “Arbeitseinsichten” gewinnen. Dort zeige ich Ihnen anhand von Fotos, welche Materialien ich verwende, wie manche Bilder gerahmt aussehen und an welchen Orten ich meine künstlerischen Studien betreibe. Darunter befinden sich auch Reisefotos, da mich diese Reisen ganz besonders zur Malerei inspiriert haben.

How Often Will You Blog?

I hope to find time to blog as often as possible. I am sometimes very involved in time and have to set priorities. That's why I don't want to give you any fixed days when I blog.

How Can I Contact You?

With pleasure! Just write to

I usually answer within a few hours.

Now I hope you enjoy my blog. You will learn a lot about my motivation and the relationship to a picture.


Martina Ledermann

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