It’s that time of year — Easter eggs!! I was shocked last week to find that some of the folks here at the barn had never painted blown-out eggs, something my family has been doing for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite family traditions. Every year my mom pulls out a beautiful glass bowl full of the eggs we’ve painted over the years. It’s so fun to see the watercolor eggs from when I was just a toddler compared to my intricate paintings today.
To see just how much fun this could be, the 1canoe2 crew took an afternoon off to paint some Easter eggs of our own. We had a wonderful time, and so can you! Everything you need to know is outlined below..happy painting!
Here’s what you need:
> Paint (We used acrylic, but you can also use watercolor for less detailed designs)
> Paint brushes
> Newspaper (or anything to protect your table from paint!)
First, use a pin to poke out a decent sized hole in each end of your egg. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is to poke several pin-sized holes fairly close together, and then poke out the areas in between to connect all the small holes into one bigger one. Try to keep the edges as clean as possible so the egg doesn’t crack down the sides. If it does, there’s a good chance the shell will crack apart as you try to blow out the center.
Above is a picture of roughly how large the holes should be. If you’re not quite sure, start small. You can always go back and make it bigger if you need to!
After you’ve made a hole in each end of your egg, it’s time to get your bowl and blow out the middle. Warning :: the sound effects aren’t pretty!
If you’re having a hard time blowing out the center of the egg, go back and make your holes a little bigger and try again. You’ll know you’re done when all that you hear coming out of the egg is air. When that happens..you’re ready for the fun part. Painting!
Tip :: Q-tips are super handy to have around! If you pull off the puffy ends, you can stick the Q-tip through the holes in the egg (above) so you can paint the entire thing and keep your fingers clean. You can also keep the puffy end on (below) and use it to make perfect little dots!
Voila! You have beautiful eggs to keep for years to come. If you already know you’ll be doing this again and again, try keeping an egg from each year, like my family does! It is such an amazing thing to look back and be able to see the progression of your style and creative ability.
Hopefully this project marks the beginning of a new tradition for us here at the barn…and for you at home! Happy Easter, everyone.
:: Haley ::