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Blick Essentials Tempera is a fine-quality, economical tempera for the younger artist. Brilliant and rich, it cleans up easily with soap and water.
Our bright, bold colors offer endless blending possibilities. Try the fluorescent tempera colors to make artwork pop and the metallic tempera colors to make artwork glow.
Formulated with safety in mind, Blick Essentials Tempera is non-toxic and contains no latex, dairy, casein, soy, egg, gluten, peanuts, or tree nuts. It is made in the USA.
Storage tip — All tempera paints contain organic compounds that make them safe to use, even if ingested, but this also means they eventually will spoil. To prevent spoilage, Blick recommends that you close the lid tightly after use and avoid returning unused liquid tempera to its original container after exposure to air. Always store tempera paints in their original containers, in a cool, dry place.
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Great inexpensive tempera
By Mrs. Hoag - the art educator
from Charlotte, NC
Comments about Blick Essentials Tempera:
I have a very small budget and a LOT of students - I am sure many of you can relate. I have been using Blick Essentials Tempera for years and I love the results. The paint has great flow and mixes beautifully. Coverage is adequate with one coat and excellent with three. It is easy and approachable for my Kindergarteners all the way up to High School (and I teach all of them). It lasts for two years without turning. The color selection is wonderful. Definitely a great bargain.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Best Tempera paint!
By Lynda the art master
from Kalamazoo, MI
Rich color pigments. This is the only tempura our art teacher will use.
Great for posters
from Pittsburg KS
When on a tight budget works well.
By "The Man" Art Teacher
from South Carolina
For the price, it's a great buy. The colors are rich and the students can easily manipulate these paints. They can be watered down to create a "wash" or used straight from the bottle. The students have found that mixing them to make a secondary color can be difficult (especially to create purple). I do recommend buying at least one gallon/pint etc of the secondary colors if you are picky about having a nice secondary color.
Like Painting With Cream!
I love this tempera paint. It's rich and thick, mixes well and glides on to the paper smoothly. My Kindergarten through Grade 2 students use it all the time and I have to say, a bottle goes a long way. Adding water doesn't distract from the quality, it seems to make it even silkier! My only complaint is that I wish (as I do with all tempera paints) that it didn't dry to a flat finish, but even then, I would say this is THE BEST tempera you can buy and the price can't be beat the quality.
love to paint
By Artz 1
from Burlington, Iowa
Students love to paint. This year was the first time that a seal had opened during shipping. Wonderful staff at Dick Blick sent a new gallon of paint. Quality paint for the price and the amount I use every year.
By The Patriots
Best paint for an elementary school and preschool. The colors are true and the paint has a great consistency. Good value.
from Simpsonville, SC
I use this paint with my k-5th grade students at school. One of the best things about this paint is that it's opaque, most other tempura paints I've used, needed several coats, and when they dried they got chalky, but this one is great! I highly recommend this paint
from North Haven, CT
This is the best tempera paint for my elementary school painters. It is not priced too high and the quality is great.Thick and opaque. Beautiful bright colors.
from Little Rock, Arkansas
Quick delivery, great products, reasonable prices!
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