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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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Comments about Blick Essentials Tempera:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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.
Best Tempera paint!
By The Patriots
from Kalamazoo, MI
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!
By Cathy P
from New Jersey
Nice consistency, not watery, consistent colors!
Good product for the price / excellent customer service
from Chicago, IL
For the most basic (see: cheap) type of school paint, it doesn't get any better for the $, especially if buying in bulk with the discount. I use these in the gallon size in primary colors + purple, black and white for all of our art projects. The white and yellow are fairly transparent on their own but good for mixing and for elementary art projects. I purchased the pump toppers so students don't waste, (one pump per color on a plate will do it!) and the pumps can be reused when the paint runs out and a new gallon is needed.I also want to comment on how pleased I am with the customer service of this company. The most recent order of paints came and some of the paint was already open and spilled inside the box. Blick was very quick to reply (within the same business day,) and resend a new order to my school. For this reason alone I will not hesitate to order paint from them again in the future.
Nice Neon Paint
By T. Frost
from Oswego, IL
I think these paints were a really nice bright neon color. I did find that you must add at least two coats to get a more opaque, bright finish. However, we were using black paper. Overall, it was a good purchase!
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Essentials line of tempera is awful.
I have been buying tempera paint from Dick Blick for more than a decade for our middle school art classes. I recently tried to save money by buying the "essentials" line rather than the "student" line. The essentials paint is semi-transparent and requires more than two coats to get solid coverage. Most of my students struggle with painting in general and making them paint everything 3 times is frustrating and impractical. I had 50 unopened bottles of various colors that I am donating and reordered my entire paint supply in the "premium" line. I hope the premium paint lives up to my expectations.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for your feedback on this tempera. With the Blick Essentials, our most economical tempera, you will find a trade-off in coverage for the low price. The Blick Premium Tempera has superior coverage, and we think you'll be very pleased with it. We do want you to be happy with your order, and if you decide that you'd like to return the unopened bottles of the Essentials to us, you're more than welcome. Just call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-723-2787 for assistance.
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