I have to admit I struggle with craft ideas for certain holidays. 4th of July is a tough one, I skipped St. Patrick’s Day altogether, and I never know what to do with pumpkins. The problem is I prefer to make more unique things that don’t scream “HOLIDAYS!” and that is hard when everything under the sun has been done to pumpkins, or in this case, Easter eggs. Everything under the sun has been done to Easter eggs.
So for Easter this year I decided to give myself a break on originality and just make something pretty that I like. I came across this beautiful screenprint by Damien Tran and loved the pattern, which is how these DIY modern brushstroke Easter eggs came to be. An Easter craft inspired by high art, why not?
diy modern brushstroke easter eggs
Skill level: The easiest.
Time: About an hour due to drying time.
What you need:
+ plastic eggs* (these ones are solid but you could also use the kind that open for candy)
+ craft paint*
+ paint brushes* (I used cheap Taklon brushes)
+ paint palette or empty yogurt cups
+ scrap paper for blotting and practicing
+ optional but extremely helpful: a sewing needle, some bamboo skewers or toothpicks, and scrap pieces of styrofoam (this will make sense in a minute)
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What you do:
Step 1 — This is where the optional supplies come in to help make painting these eggs and other round objects way easier. Use the sewing needle to poke a small hole in the base of the egg. Then, stick the egg onto the pointy end of a skewer. Now you can hold the skewer and turn the egg while you paint. When you are ready to move onto the next egg, just poke the skewer through the scrap styrofoam so it stands upright. Ta-da, a cheapo drying rack!
Step 2 — Paint your eggs a solid color. You will probably need more than one coat to cover the original color of the egg (I needed three). Just make sure you allow each coat to dry COMPLETELY before applying the next coat, otherwise the paint will peel back up.
Step 3 — Now for the white brushstrokes. I suggest practicing your strokes on some paper before doing it on the eggs. Try seeing how the brushstrokes vary when you apply more or less pressure, or with stiffer or softer brushes, or angling the brush, etc.
Step 4 — When you are happy with how your practice brushstrokes look, have at the egg!
Allow to dry aaaaannnnnd you’re done.
Do you like to decorate eggs for Easter? Or are you really just in it for the food (guilty)?
P.S. I was torn between two ideas for my eggs and Alan convinced me to go with these ones. Isn’t he smart??