I have bee
n inspired lately by all the new ways to dye or decorate Easter Eggs. It seems the traditional way we have been dying eggs is not good enough! I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed, exploring egg decorating with watercolor paints – it’s just not for kids anymore! I do have a major disclaimer - WATERCOLOR PAINTS ARE NOT FOR FOOD PRODUCTS AND MAY CONTAIN LEAD – DO NOT PAINT ANYTHING YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN INTEND TO EAT! These would be perfect for Blown Out Eggs like they do here.
My inspiration for my eggs came from this…my dads well used watercolor paint tray. He was a very talented painter who sadly is unable to paint anymore. My mother gave me his tray last week – many wonderful paintings came from here. You can see some of his work in this past Father’s Day Post! Since I am also artistic I did a little painting when I was younger…watching and learning some of his techniques. I thought I would try a few to see if they would work on the eggs as well.
The one thing about watercolor paint is that it is hard to control. Unlike other paints it wants to spread. The secret to the Crackle Egg look is plastic wrap! Whatever brand you like. Simply paint the egg completely with heavy pigment then crinkle the plastic wrap and dab it all over the egg. The wrap removes the paint in some areas and collect it deeper in others. Let dry without smudging, it if you can. Pretty cool looking! And yes, my dad did this on his paintings!
Tip: I found it easier to take the egg carton and turn it upside down, to hold the egg, while I painted. My fingers were getting a little messy!
The Speckled Egg was done in a similar technique. Completely cover the egg with paint, dip a small bristle brush in water and sprinkle the water on the egg. Watch the pigment dilute as the water hits the egg.
As I said, watercolor paint can be hard to control, but one of the cool things about it is the interesting effects it creates when the colors bleed together. For the Bleeding Egg (looks a little tie-dyed) I first dipped the entire egg in water, then dabbed the egg with heavy pigment. It takes a few minutes, but the colors begin to bleed together. Add additional paint and colors as needed.
Hope you are inspired to decorate your eggs creatively this Easter!
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