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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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from Chicago, Il
Comments about Blick Essentials Tempera:
Easy to pour
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Laurel, MS
I bought these gallons of tempera for my Art I class to use (along with the lockable pumps) because I have so many students and it's just easier to have such a large amount of paint at our fingertips. The students and I love the paint and it's at a great low price! (The only thing my students have complained about is the smell, which is potent--but it's a downside I'm willing to take for such a great product!)
Quality temperas for student projects
By CeeMor art teacher
from Crystal Lake, IL
These are fantastic, bright, bold and thick tempera paints for elementary/jr high projects. I have been using these temperas for years and the projects hold up over time. The colors stay bright and don't crack over time. These are the only temperas I will use.
By Art teacher lady
from New york
My issue with this paint is that it doesn't cover well. I absolutely love Blick student tempera paint!!! Covers amazing so maybe because it's metallic it covers less??
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with these paints. As Blick's most affordable tempera, the Essentials line does offer less covering power than the Student and Premium. For greater opacity, even with the metallics, we would encourage you to consider the metallics in the Premium line. If you ever have questions about the differences between the tempera products we offer, please know that our Product Information Team is here to help. Just call 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or email email@example.com.
Reliable, and as their old motto stated they, "Ship quick".
By Retired Teacher
from Scottsdale, Arizona
I have ordered from this company for over thirty years as a High School Art Teacher in Illinois. They are wonderful to work with, and the inventory introduces new products available for artists on a regular basis.
Great inexpensive tempera
By Mrs. Hoag - the art educator
from Charlotte, NC
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.
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.
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