more from The Craftsman’s Handbook by Cennino d’Andrea Cennini

on How to Paint Faces

“take a little  terre-verte and a little white lead, well tempered; and lay two coats all over the face, over the hands, over the feet, and over the nudes.  But for faces of young people with cool flesh color this couch should be tempered, the couch, and the flesh colors too, with yolk of a town hen’s egg, because those are whiter yolks than the ones which country or farm hens produce; those are good, because of their redness, for tempering flesh colors for aged and swarthy persons.”

and those taste better too.


more backs of things. this one has shadows of transfers and old pattern papers and the fabric over the top of the head is really a sleeve for a rod for hanging.


  1. You've inspired me to get out my sewing stuff….it's my second wedding anniversary (tomorrow) and the theme is cotton…I'm making a quilted-patch thingy with photo transfer and odd bits and bobs. For the husband. Hope he likes it!


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