Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Watercolor Easter Eggs: Using A Paintbrush Techinique

Watercolor Easter Eggs: 
Using A Paintbrush Technique

Find your Inner Artist- Artful eggs

 If you're like me, always on the lookout for a new Easter-egg decorating technique, you will enoy the creative freedom you'll get from this technique:

Using a paint brush and watercolors, brush the color over the egg with a few simple brush storkes and then let the color do its own thing. The color will run, bleed and fade while drying.  That's what watecolors do.

Experiment while you create. Be artistic!

Photo credit: Michael Partenio

I developed this egg decorating project for Good Housekeeping magazine last Spring 
while working on concepts for our Easter photo-shoot. Brushstrokes of a variety 
of color mixed with water envoke a pretty pastel appearence.

Tubes of water color paint in red, orange and yellow
3 bowls of water
3 small soft, pointed round brushes
White hardboiled eggs dyed in soft colors of pastel pink and yellow
Egg carton for drying eggs

In each bowl, mix approximately 1/2 inch blob of pigment with 
1/2 cup of water while disolving all of the pigment.

Using one color at a time, simply brush the color over and around the egg with one simple stroke. Then add another brushstroke of your next color, in another direction, until you have added 3, 4 or 5 storkes. The colors will bleed and run into each another while fading.  Place the egg into the carton to dry.

A large amount of eggs makes the most impact!

 Your studio might not look as chaotic as mine (above) but, experimenting is part of the creative process. Should you not like your design as you develop your technique, you can 
wash off the egg before it dries completely. Then wipe with a paper towel and start again.

For more Easter decorating ideas, grab a copy of Good Housekeeping April 2013 on the stands! 


  1. Great idea! love those watercolored eggs.. I"m guessing they are safe to eat once the shell is off .

  2. Decorative eggs intended to sit on the table should not be eaten.

    However using watercolors intended for very small children should be ok provided the eggs are refridgerated and eggs are not left out for too long.