A year ago, around this time, I was wondering whether my baby knew what eggs were, in preparation for an Easter hunt. No such thoughts now. Budster’s new passion is baking, so whenever he cajoles me into making a cake together (it isn’t very hard, so it happens often), his next step is marching to the fridge and taking out a carton of eggs. “Eggs to make a cake!” he announces happily. Oh, and of course, he also likes eating them for breakfast.
The other day, he saw me painting some wooden eggs. I wanted to make them in advance, so that they could be mailed for Easter. Well, he was overcome with the excitement over this new purpose for eggs. “Paint eggs!” he said and hurried to bring his set of paints in case I did not understand his intention. So we painted eggs together.
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Materials to Paint Space Eggs
– tempera or gouache paint (blue, purple, red and white) and brushes
– (optional) varnish to seal the paint
Painting the Eggs
I find that the tricky part in painting the eggs is making sure they do not roll off the table, painting everything on the way. We tried using a couple of cells from an egg carton to hold them in place. The rest is taking paints out and having fun creating egg microcosms. The layers of paint need to be fairly thick to provide good coverage.
(Looking at pictures of Budster working on crafts makes me believe more and more that we’ve got a “leftie” here.)
I couldn’t resist making a space egg as well. The opportunity doesn’t present itself every day, does it? The two eggs that Budster painted are the ones on the right, made with big nebulous strokes, and mine is the one on the left, painted by dabbing with the brush to create a mottled texture.
Once the paint was dry, we diluted some white paint in water on a piece of paper and flicked it on the eggs with a brush. This created a suitable starry effect.
Finally, if you want to seal the paint, use varnish. It will protect the surface of the eggs against water, and if they get dirty or dusty, it will be easy to wipe the dirt and dust off. Glossy varnishes will also make the colours more vibrant and the surface smooth and shiny. But if you used tempera like we did, make sure to use a varnish that is not water-based.
And the eggs are ready!