For the past couple of years, I’ve thought about drawing on our Easter eggs, instead of simply dyeing them with those fun little tablets. So when someone shared with me Alisa Burke’s blog post on doodled Easter eggs, I was so inspired that I stopped what I was doing and started boiling eggs for my own doodle art substrate. (Small world! Alisa is the author of Canvas Remix: Techniques for Creating Mixed-Media Accessories, which is available at our sister site, North Light Shop.)
Living in the country, I buy fresh eggs from a farm down the road (owned by a sweet older couple who treat us like family), so I had a dozen that were white and brown. I could hardly wait for them to cool so that I could get started.
For the brown egg (above), I used a fine-tipped black Sharpie pen and started at the top of the egg, working my way down the sides. The nib didn’t hold up for long on the cold shell, though, so I switched to a double-tipped Prismacolor black marker. The fine tip worked well for drawing and added a nice contrast to the Sharpie’s thinner lines. Both inks dried pretty quickly, so they were easy to work with.
Next I tried to color the white egg (right) with the thick-tip of a yellow Prismacolor marker, but it didn’t work out very well (just a heads up) because the marker stopped releasing ink onto the shell before I was finished. So I turned to a yellow acrylic paint mixed with water and brushed it on. Once the paint was dry, I used a purple Prismacolor marker to draw a design. The purple dried to a red shade on top of the yellow, which, although unexpected, was still pretty.
If anything’s holding you back from trying something just for fun–throw the reasons out the window and go for it! This was such a satisfying project. I can’t wait to prepare some more eggs so that my children can have some fun of their own. If you’ll excuse me now, I’m going to go for a walk and give these creative art eggs to my lovely neighbors down the road.
With warm regards,