Hallmark designer and illustrator, Tuesday S., is a regular contributor to Think.Make.Share. She has shared some very inspiring posts, like when we toured her little girls’ rooms and a sweet Valentine’s Day card collaboration with her co-worker hubby. Today, she’s sharing a fun and crafty Easter Egg decorating workshop and some great tips and tricks you can use for making your own decorated eggs at home. Read on and be sure to watch the tip-filled video below!
Easter’s coming!!!! Let’s make a mess!!! When I was a kid, my dad was super awesome at all the fun, holiday, artsy stuff. I always had THE BEST(!!!) Valentine’s Card Box for the school party and he was a wizard with Easter Eggs! As I’ve grown older, I realize that my pops was pretty crafty with just some basic around-the-house craft supplies. And guess what, you can wow your kids (or dog, whatever) with some amazing decorating skills that you had no idea you had!
Here are a few fun things we used in our workshop:
+ Metallic paint pens
+ Chalkboard pens
+ Craft paint
+ Colored pencils
+ Concentrated watercolors
+ India Ink
+ Easter Egg Dye
+ Nail polish
For many of these eggs, layering was key. Artists would first create a base color. Then, using colored pencils, markers, inks, concentrated watercolors, and cool pens (everything from Sharpies® to metallic), they would draw a range of imagery.
Some artists loved to doodle and get really detailed. Some kept it very simple by using basic line-work like dashes and dots. Lettering and alphabets created really fun texture on the eggs. Metallic layered onto dark eggs created an elegant effect.
For a watercolor-washed look, eggs can be dipped in basic Easter Egg Dyes (left to dry quickly) then layered with concentrated watercolors (using a spray bottle to encourage the paint to drip and move).
Another really fun technique is marbling the eggs using water and nail polish. See our marbling post for more ideas.
Basically we all just got together, dumped out a bunch of random supplies that we collectively found and went to town experimenting. That was the key…trying new things. And now that I think back to it, I think that’s what was so magical about holiday decorating with my dad—he tried all kinds of different stuff, wasn’t afraid of making a mess, and laughed a lot. Happy Easter Egg hunting, friends!
Photographer: Kevin Hosley | Stylist: Nicole Cawlfield | Video: Kevin Sisemore