It’s time for one of my favorite projects! Hand-painted Easter Eggs. Not up to blowing out eggs? Last year I shared my secret. You’ll want to check it out…seeing as how I have no wind to blow eggs, either. If you’re the same way, you’ll want this little secret for yourself! But, shhhhhhhh…don’t tell and no one will ever know!
The extra large chicken eggs I have painted previous years are great. They have lasted 10 years so far. Well, except for the ones Stella crushed….see last year’s post. I expect they will last many more years.
I store them in an apothecary jar in my china cabinet away from all the little hands I have running around my house….but I decided to do a little more this year.
This year I’m painting handblown eggs, so they will be true heirlooms….(for all those little hands… when they are grown….;) ) I ordered handblown duck and goose eggs from Ebay. Want to see the difference? Look at this!
Some difference, huh? (No, silly goose, duck eggs are not hot pink…I’ve already painted this one!) I’m going to be working on the duck eggs. You may use any size egg. I prefer large or extra large eggs for this. Go ahead and empty the shells into a bowl (you can bake this pound cake …later…rather have chocolate? try this one). Wash the empty eggshells, rinse, pat dry and come with me…
You’re going to need empty eggs shells. I usually paint 6 at a time.
Pictures of things to paint.
Sponge brush to paint egg.
Acrylic craft paint.
Small craft paint brushes
Polyurethane clear satin spray.
Paper towel rolls.
First, paint your eggs. I use acrylic craft paint. Two thin coats. Dry completely in between coats!
Find designs you like. Search IMAGES on the internet for birds, flowers, bunnies etc… I have painted my grandchildren’s favorite cartoon characters, birds, flowers, traditional Easter designs, bunnies and chicks. Don’t forget superheroes!
I painted pastel backgrounds on my eggs this year, but in past I preferred the brighter colors. If you have a color scheme…go with that!
One year, I painted all blue tones for my breakfast room.
It’s not hard to paint….just use your paint brush like you would a crayon and fill in the picture…come on, you can do this!!!
Trace image onto transfer paper. Flip transfer paper over and trace around the backside of your image with colored chalk. Make sure it’s a color that will show up on your egg color. EX: If your egg is light blue, use orange chalk….or if it is black, use white…so it can be seen. Whatever color shows up best….use that.
Flip again and tape with right side up on egg and trace image on to egg. This should leave a faint chalk line of your design on the egg. Remove transfer paper. Your image should be on there. If not, use a darker or lighter colored chalk, as needed. If you like, once image is traced onto the egg, you may want to draw over the lines of the image on the egg with chalk, so you can see it better.
Or if you’re up to it, simply free-hand your design.
There, you have it.
Once image is on the egg, remove transfer paper. Paint according to color placement on photo. This can be exact coloring as your photo or you can do something whimsy. If you’d rather have pink bluebirds…have pink bluebirds.
…you can do it any way you please!
I decided to paint some whimsy bunnies and chicks.
You can add as many or few details to your painting… Just do your best.
When painting flowers, usually the leaves are in back of the flower, so paint them first. See next photo…
After the leaves dry I paint the flowers. You can make them detailed or not! There is no right or wrong way to paint something. And if you really don’t like it, paint over it and start again!
If you REALLY are timid about it please read this post from last year!
The main thing to remember is to allow the paint to dry between coats.
After I finish painting I always spray with several light coats clear satin polyurethane.
Cut paper towel rolls to make stands for my eggs…. 😉
Begin by painting the background color on eggs, Allow to dry.
After dried, transfer your design to egg. Use transfer paper and chalk…opposite color of egg color. dark/light
Then paint the base color of your design.
Add details after it dries.
Spray on finish.
I love my Easter Eggs….. I hope you’ll paint some for your family to enjoy, too!