Choosing a primary palette of eight colors, white, yellow ochre, yellow, orange, red, prussian blue, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue, Mark created a simple palette with small cups of pigment laying around the borders. On the corner, a cup of egg yolk and a bit of water mixed waits for dipping. He doesn't grind down each color first as is the tradition of egg tempera, but instead, mixes his colors on the palette.
Lastly, varnishing isn't necessary, but egg tempera is soft and sensitive, so it is up to the artist. Do note, however, that varnishing will change the piece as it will pop the colors. Egg tempera has soft darks, more muted hues, and varnishing will alter the piece.
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