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Did Parchment Smell? Your Manuscript Questions, Answered

Jean de Mandeville
Jean de Mandeville

“To make egg tempera paint, egg is mixed with water and pigment, which somewhat neutralizes the decomposition process of eggs, but it is also spread so thinly and dries so quickly that it never really has the chance to rot. Therefore it doesn’t smell.”

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