How to Watercolor Easter Eggs
Watercolors can be tricky to use, but they are also great for creating beautiful, soft, organic designs. You can use various techniques and tricks to create intricate designs you otherwise would not be able to create with regular paint. This wikiHow will show you lots of different ways of painting Easter eggs with watercolors.
Painting Streaked Eggs
Place a hard boiled egg into an egg holder or hold it over a tray.If you plan on using liquid watercolor, use a hallow or blown-out egg instead. This is because liquid watercolors (the kind that come in a bottle) aren't food-safe.
- White eggs will give you the brightest results, but you can use browns ones too for a more interesting effect.
Add a few drops of water into your watercolor paint to make it liquid.This method works best with two different colors, but you can use just one color, if you prefer.You can also use liquid watercolor, but keep in mind that it is not suitable for consumption and best for hallow or blown-out eggs.
- If you are using liquid watercolor, you can make it lighter by adding some water to it.
- If you don't have any watercolor paint, mix together a few drops of food coloring, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, and 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 milliliters) of water. This makes it food safe too.
- Most kids' watercolor paints are non-toxic and should be food safe. Check the label to be sure, however.
Dip a pouncer into the watercolor.A pouncer is a small, round, sponge brush.You can also try sucking the paint up with an eyedropper, although this works better for liquid watercolor.
Press the sponge firmly against the top of the egg.As you press the sponge against the egg, the watercolor will come out of it and flow down the sides of the egg.
- If you are using a dropper, simply squeeze a few drops onto the egg in the same spot.
Lift the brush away and let the watercolor run down the sides.This will give you a striped or banded effect. If you want to, you can turn the egg so that the color goes all the way around it.
Let the paint dry.Once the paint dries, you can add more stripes using the same color or a contrasting color. You can even add more water to your original color, and make more stripes in lighter shades.
Painting Floral Eggs
Prep your palette.Choose some bright colors that you want to use for your flowers. You can use up to two colors for each flower. Add a few drops of water into each pan to turn the watercolor into liquid.
- You can also pour some liquid food coloring into a small cup instead.
- You can use liquid water color, but keep in mind that it is not safe for consumption, so you'd want to only use it on hallow/blown-out eggs.
Paint a blob on the side of your egg with a paintbrush.Don't worry too much about the shape right now. You will eventually draw a flower over it, making it look like a field-sketch or illustration done in watercolor.
Add another blob on top of the first one.Try to make this blob a slightly different shape and size. This will create a petal-like effect for your flower. It can be the same color as before or a slightly different shade.
- Use a clean towel to dab away any excess paint.
Make a small dot in the middle of you flower for the stamen.You can do this with the tip of your brush or switch to a smaller paintbrush. Again, don't worry if it looks blurry. Yellow would work great with orange, red, or pink flowers. Purple would work better with blue flowers, and vice versa.
- You can try dabbing the center of your flower with a wet brush or Q-tip. This will remove some of the color and give you a lighter/white stamen.
Blend it in with your original color, if desired.Dip your brush back into your first color. Add a small blob over your stamen. You don't have to do this, but it will help tone everything down and create more layering.
Let the paint dry completely.Once the paint is dry, you can move on to the outlines, or you can add more flowers. You should be able to fit up to three flowers on one egg.
Draw a flower shape over the blob using a black, brush-tipped marker.Make sure that the marker is non-toxic if your eggs are hard boiled. Don't worry about following the outlines of the original blob. Simply draw a flower shape using a wavy, squiggly line. You can even draw outside the blob a little; this will give your flower a more field-sketch look.
- Can't find a non-toxic brush-tipped pen? Try a non-toxic watercolor pen. They usually have a brush tip attached.
Add the stamen.There is no right or wrong way to do this. You can make a simple stamen by drawing a circle in the middle of the flower. You can also draw a few, short lines with dots on top. Alternatively, you can draw 5 to 6 small circles close together.
Add some leaves.Draw one or two leaf shapes around your flower using the same black, brush-tipped marker. Try to make them different sizes for a more natural look. Let the ink dry before moving on.
Fill the leaves in with green paint.Again, don't worry about going outside the lines or filling them in completely. This will help lend your flower a more watercolor-like look.
Let everything dry.Set the egg down onto an egg holder or bottle cap so that the paint doesn't smudge. Once the paint dries, you can add the egg into your basket or display it however your like.
Trying Other Designs
Use plastic wrap for a crackle effect.Paint the entire egg a solid color using watercolor paint first. Dab it with crinkled plastic wrap to create a crackled texture. The plastic wrap removes part of the paint creating the crackle effect.
Use droplets of water for a speckled look.Paint an entire egg a solid color with watercolor paints. Dip a clean, stiff, bristle brush in water. Flick the brush at the egg, splattering it with water. The water will dilute the paint creating the speckled effect.
Paint a wet egg for a tie-dyed effect.Dip the egg in water first. Dab different colors of watercolor paint onto it using a soft brush. The paint will start to swirl and bleed together for a tie dye effect.
Draw designs on top of a painted egg.Paint the entire egg a solid color using watercolor paint first. Let it dry completely. Next, paint designs on top using acrylic paints and a thin brush.Make sure that the acrylic paints are non-toxic if you are using hard boiled eggs. Most kids' paints will be non-toxic.
- Black, white, and metallic colors work best.
- Try simple designs, such as stripes, spirals, or dots!
- If you don't have acrylic paints at home, you can use markers (preferably brush-tipped) instead.
Try resist or batik dyeing.Draw designs on the egg using crayon, preferably white. Paint the entire egg with watercolor paint. You can make the egg a solid color, stripped, or even tie dye! The crayon will resist the paint, creating a unique design.
Paint your designs free-handedly.There is nothing wrong with going old-school and painting designs onto your egg by hand. Start with your lightest color first, then move onto darker ones. For best results, let each color dry first before moving onto the next one.
- Try a striped, zigzag, or polka-dotted design.
- Paint your egg to look like a bee or butterfly.
- Use a thin brush to paint simple words or phrases onto the egg.
- Set the egg down into an egg holder or bottle cap while it dries.
- Paint your own designs onto the eggs. Let each color dry first before adding the next one.
- Wipe the eggs down with a 1 part water, 1 part vinegar mixture. This will help the paint stick better.
- Use a blow dryer to help speed up the drying process.
- If you don't have any watercolor paints, stir together a few drops of food coloring, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, and 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 milliliters) of water.
- Most kids' paints will be non-toxic, but check the label to be sure.
- Liquid watercolor paints are not suitable for consumption. They are best used on hallow or blown-out eggs.
- If you are painting hard boiled eggs that you plan on eating, make sure that the paints are non-toxic.
- Don't use brushes on hard boiled eggs that you used previously on toxic paints (ie: oil paints, liquid watercolors, etc).
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