Creating watercolor Easter eggs is a fun alternative to traditionally decorated eggs.
I have a confession to make… I can’t stand the egg dyeing kits that you buy at the store. The vinegar smell is not my favorite and all those stains from the dye… it’s enough to send my anxiety through the roof. I can never really relax during egg decorating time because I’m constantly worried about what is going to get stained. So this year, I decided to ditch the traditionally decorated eggs and go with one of my favorite current trends… watercolor. Want to know how to color your eggs? Here is how you can create watercolor Easter eggs.
FUN FACT ALERT: Do you know why people dye eggs? For Christians, it is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus. In orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross.
CREATING WATERCOLOR EASTER EGGS
Watercolor egg painting is so easy and fun. To create these watercolor eggs, I used an Artists Loft watercolor set and a Pentel Aquash Waterbrush. Any paint and brush will do.. these are just my favorites. If you want to paint detailed designs onto your eggs you will want a very fine brush. If you are going for the tie-dye Easter egg look like I have done, a bigger brush will work well.
First: Make sure your eggs are hard boiled. You definitely don’t want any messes if one accidentally cracks! And with kids and eggs..at least one WILL crack. Once they are hard boiled (AND COOLED) Place your eggs in an upside down egg carton. This will give your eggs a nice little place to sit while you paint them.
Next: To use the Pentel Aquash Water brush, unscrew the cap and separate the bristles from the rest of the brush. Next, fill up the chamber with water and reattach the cap. Then, squeeze the brush to release the water into the watercolor palette. Pick up the color with the brush and start painting on the top of the egg. Pull the color down the side of the egg with the brush or let it drip down. The more water you use, the lighter and more transparent the color will be.
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Finally: Once you are done painting the first color, add as many more colors as you want. Make sure to add more colors wile the paint is still wet in order to give it a tie dye look. Once the egg has dried, turn it over and paint the bottom of the egg in the same way you painted the top.
In addition to the pink and purple eggs, I also created some blue and purple eggs and some green eggs.
Here’s a video of the process:
Check out this tutorial for an easy way to create detailed watercolor Easter eggs.
- CAN I USE ANY TYPE OF WATERCOLOR PAINT?
A: YES! HIGHER QUALITY PAINTS WILL GIVE MORE VIBRANT COLORS BUT USE WHATEVER YOU HAVE ON HAND
- CAN I USE ANOTHER TYPE OF BRUSH?
A: YES. ANY BRUSH WILL DO. HOWEVER, IF YOU WANT TO ADD MORE DETAILED WORK TO THE EGG YOU WILL NEED A SMALLER BRUSH.
- CAN I EAT THE EGGS AFTER PAINTING THEM?
A: MY RULE OF THUMB IS IF THE PAINT DOESN’T SOAK THROUGH THE SHELL, THEN THEY ARE OK TO EAT. I DON’T EAT THEM IF THE INSIDE OF THE EGG HAS PAINT ON IT. I ALSO DON’T ADVISE EATING THEM IF THEY HAVE BEEN SITTING OUT FOR A WHILE AFTER PAINTING.
I’d love to hear your favorite way to decorate eggs!
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