It’s time for 2018 Easter egg decorating ideas. As is our way, we gathered up a half-dozen-ish creative folk and turned them loose with some paint, a little design inspiration from our archives, and a bunch of nekkid eggs. We hope you’ll get inspired to try a few of their approaches yourself!
2018 EASTER EGG DECORATING SUPPLIES
- Acrylic paint (we kept ours to a limited palette)
- Plastic paint palettes
- Permanent and paint markers
- Paint brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes
- Cups of water for rinsing brushes
- Tape for masking off sections of egg
FROM ALLIE S.
To prep for a workshop like this I usually spend some time pulling research items and thinking about what supplies I will need. This time around I knew I just wanted to paint, so narrowing a color palette was one of my first steps. I also decided to bring along some metallic gold markers.
While this time around I just painted and drew on the eggs, I also love decorating with attachments! In previous years I have glued on sequins, gems, and even fabric flowers to decorate eggs.
FROM MARCOS R.
I wanted to paint some eggs that were easy for someone any age and artistic ability to make. My first step was picking a cheerful spring color palette, then I started working in layers, one color at a time. Since we used acrylic paint, I had to wait for things to dry in between layers.
I liked overlapping colors and painting intuitively, each egg I painted was slightly different but they all were tied together by the same color palette and mark making patterns.
We ended up using a small hair dryer to speed up the process.
FROM MEREDITH C.
I used a variety of mark-making, lettering, and illustration to keep it interesting.
Have fun and experiment with different tools. Use paint pens or Sharpies so you don’t have to worry about brush control. If you want to go the traditional route of dying eggs, try adding some mark-making with a gold Sharpie or white paint marker once the eggs have dried.
FROM BRITTANY B.
Color is a huge inspiration for anything I do. Eggs can be a tricky form to work with, and letting the colors speak, or lead, was the perfect solution! Many of my eggs did not turn out—I had to redo some and they turned out unexpectedly cute! Who knew paint and a Sharpie could be so fun, so easy, so cute!
FROM KELLY C.
I actually sketched this one out on my iPad! Laying down color and shapes helps inform what I’ll do on the eggs. I didn’t follow it exactly, but it helped me get started.
Eggs are also tricky to paint on–—so it may help to think of simple shapes and patterns to start with. Simple mark making is very trendy!
Some of our favorite 2018 Easter egg decorating ideas…
Photography: Kyndall D. and Erin M.