- White eggs
- Variety of acryllic paints - I used white, red, blue, green, and yellow. Liquitex (photoed below) worked best for me.
- Black sharpie
- Water brush pens - I used Recollections, which were OK but not always great.
- Used greeting cards
I like the Martha Stewart method: Place eggs in a deep saucepan; cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 14 minutes. Transfer to an iced water bath; let cool completely.
My technique for painting the round object was to hold it by two fingers, paint all of the surface available, set it down to dry and paint the ends.
Liquitex Acrylic Basic paint was by far the best paint I used, although I also used (and liked) some old wall paint samples.
Set the eggs to dry in greeting cards propped up between items (I used our lazy susan and a variety of objects including the bowl of eggs). It only takes about 15 minutes to dry. I save all of my greeting cards and reuse them for mixing paints and other various art projects - better than throwing them away or saving them forever (because who has that much room for keepsakes?).
Repeat another coat of paint if needed and touch up any places the paint peeled during the drying period. It may take several coats depending on the color and how the eggs dry. I did 2-3 coats on each egg.
I painted 6 eggs and decoupaged a seventh. I didn't love how the decoupage came out so I'm not going into that today.
Nico requested a bunny so that's what I drew on my first egg.
I just did the bunny head and I kept it really simple.
That's key here - the more complicated the drawing (unless you're a pro) the more goofy and messy the eggs look.
Using a pencil means you can erase (kind of, it's weird on the paint and the egg) your mistakes. Or at least easily hide them.
Use a normal black sharpie to go over the pencil outline.
I used these water brush pens to color in my drawings. They're pretty sweet but the tips are easily broken and they really do work like paint - so they don't work on all surfaces.
Also, this flower came out ugly. Whoops. My favorite drawings were the three farm animals. Feel free to copy the drawings on your own eggs (I found similar doodles on Google images for inspiration).
And you'll have a fun array of painted eggs! Just in time for Easter and spring.