MASTER CLASS TEMPERA can be mixed and combined with all other NEVSKAYA PALITRA watercolour, gouache and acrylic series.

How does MASTER CLASS TEMPERA differ from others paints?


Watercolours paints are mostly transparent, while tempera, in fact, is not. The main advantage of tempera over watercolour is that it can completely cover the previous layer - even if you need to cover very dark paint with very light. The layers of the paint do not mix.


Tempera can be diluted with water to adjust viscosity without the need for solvents or mediums but has a similar consistency to oils. Tempera also dries more quickly than oils and can be transported and framed a couple of hours after finishing the painting session. Note that MASTER CLASS TEMPERA cannot be combined with oils, because the resulting mixture would ferment.


MASTER CLASS TEMPERA is made without requiring additives to make the paint opaque. In comparison, classic gouache contains kaolin to increase opacity. That is why tempera does not brighten when drying, as gouache does. Unlike classic gouache that can crack and peel away, tempera has a solid, elastic and water-resistant coating.


Designer gouache differs from the modern version of classic gouache by not containing any whitening filler, making it less opaque. Adding water to designer gouache will further reduce the opacity of the paint, making it less suitable for multi-layer painting techniques. MASTER CLASS TEMPERA, in comparison, is more opaque and can be easily layered. Once dry, MASTER CLASS TEMPERA will form a solid elastic, water-resistant coating whereas a gouache painting that has dried can be reactivated with water.


Acrylic gouache is an acrylic paint with the consistency of gouache while MASTER CLASS TEMPERA has a consistency more like oil paints. Both are polymer-based, dry quickly and are not washed out with water when dry. When dried, tempera, like oil, does not form an immediate film. Acrylic gouache, in comparison, will dry more evenly.


MASTER CLASS TEMPERA has a more durable and elastic coating compared to Casein tempera. Unlike Casein tempera, you can also use an impasto technique with MASTER CLASS TEMPERA. Note that MASTER CLASS TEMPERA cannot be combined with casein-oil tempera, because the resulting mixture would ferment.

When compared to other types of tempera paints, MASTER CLASS TEMPERA differs in composition. Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) is used as a binder, giving it a water-soluble polymer base similar to acrylic. This creates a durable water-resistant coating with a high level of adhesion when dry that is greater than even acrylic paints. Other tempera paints are not polymer-based and usually have the properties of classic tempera or designer gouache depending on their composition.
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