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Easter is celebrated at a time when new life is sprouting after a long and hard winter. The tradition of Easter eggs is related to a long happy life, rebirth and immortality. Easter Sunday falls on the day Jesus Christ Resurrected and so it is celebrated. Different traditions are followed of painting eggs and decorating them around the globe. Here are some very techniques so even kids can follow.
Trivia: Clay eggs have been found in graves which have been dug of prehistoric age.
This is a tutorial to paint eggs for Easter. So the very first thing is to take out the egg white (albumen) and yolk from the shell of egg without breaking it so that the whole shell is intact. I remember when we were young and wanted to paint an egg shell which was a whole empty egg shell, I had to ask my brother to suck out the egg white and yolk from a tiny hole. I will show you how to get your shell and how to clean it before painting it. Cleaning is important as otherwise it will smell.
Material for Egg shell
Raw egg of a hen
A long steel needle
Material for Easter egg painting
Empty white egg shell
Permanent markers black and coloured – thick and thin
Coloured sketch pens
Glass bowls for dyeing
Removing the egg white and yolk from the shell.
Take an egg and a big clean needle. The egg white and yolk can be used to eat so please use a clean needle.
To make a hole, use a drilling motion, by hand, with the tip of the needle and drill a tiny hole at one end of the egg. It needs patience and you need to do it softly as the egg shell is fragile.
The needle has made a hole.
This egg has a hole now. We will do the very same thing at the other end of the egg.
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Once both ends have a hole you have to insert the needle into the egg and break the yolk taking care not to shatter the shell. As you can see the egg hole has become a little bigger. You now place the egg over a dish and hold it. The egg white and yolk will start to flow out as you can see in the picture. If your hole is tiny you need to help a little by blowing it out with your lips at the hole on one side.
Fill your empty egg shell with warm water.
Block both holes with your finger and thumb, shake and let the water flow out. You can repeat this till the egg is clean.
Wipe with tissue or keep aside to dry.
Now we are ready to paint. Use acrylic or fabric paint as these will not come off and they also dry quickly. Once the egg is dry, with a permanent black marker, draw a paisley covering half the egg on one side. Draw another on the other side. If you are not confident, than you can cut out a template on card paper and use it as a guideline. Since the surface of the egg is curved it is a little tricky. Paint the outside of the paisley red leaving the inside white. Using the marker, draw your design inside the paisely.
Using markers or sketch pens of different colours fill in the design.
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I have used sketch pens as it is easier for children to handle. You can use paints to fill in the colours.
The finished easter egg is now ready to varnish.
The second egg the base is white. Using a Marker pen draw out the flower petals in red and the leaves in green. Then use sketch pens to colour the inside of the petals.
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Use orange colour pen on these petals
And yellow on the rest.
Colour the leaves green and the base of the leaves also. Finally use some blue over the green area between the leaves and the petals. The egg is ready for varnish.
Easter egg is made with thin tipped permanent markers. The design is drawn freehand and developed as you go along.
You can use any clear varnish from the hardware store. It will take over 24 hours for the varnish to dry.
If your egg hole is a little big you can balance it on an inverted brush stick but if it is thin then use a needle like this.
After varnish leave the Easter egg to dry for over 24 hours. Now varnish all the finished eggs.
I have used the batik technique on an egg shell, for which the tutorial video can be found here.
The batik technique should be done under adult supervision.