Do you think choosing the correct paint to is easy? I don’t! I wish choosing paint was a “Piece of Cake” but I find it takes a lot of trial and error.
One art supply I have a love hate relationship with is Tempera Cakes. They are that fine line between tempera and watercolor. I have great success with watercolor paints in lessons like “Kandinsky Lines and Shapes” and like having a enough little palettes that student can each have their own.
When it comes to Tempera cakes, however, I have been experimenting with different brands to find my sweet spot and I am still torn!
Round Tempera Cakes:
Likes: I started out with the round tempera cakes, and believe I buy Dick Blick’s brand of round cakes. I order them in bulk and snap in a new cake when I have found one is out. I like this kind because the color is more opaque, like watercolor, the trays are user-friendly to store and use for the kids and the colors look pretty good.
Dislikes: What I don’t like is the chalky texture that is left after the paint drys. They look dull and I prefer a shiny look. I also dislike how much water can pool in the bottom of the trays, making for some interesting paint spills.
Square “BIGGIE” Cakes:
Likes: These come in square form in little plastic containers. A colleague suggested to clip off the plastic top and pop them into a 9×13 cake pan. It easily fits 12 colors. I like these paints because the color is VERY bold. They are creamier and seem to be thicker and cover better. Another plus is because they are all individually segmented in the pan, a student who needs the yellow can just take it out of the pan, put it right beside them and not have to reach. This is super handy!
Dislikes: The cake pans are little heavy for students to help much with passing these out. I would opt for plastic pans next time. also, these colors are SO bold, sometimes they cover the Sharpie outlining and can get a little dark if students use too much.
Both types of tempera cakes are an investment when purchasing enough for the whole class. I find once I buy, replacements aren’t necessary for at least a year or two, and I can buy individual colors at one time, just the ones I need.
In the end, I just use these interchangeably for different projects, depending on the look I am going for. Because I don’t use any very often (Because I am still switching out with watercolor and liquid tempera) they will last me awhile.
Talk to me about Tempera Cakes- Love or Hate?
(this is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to talk about Tempera Cakes, mmmkay!)