Egg Art

January 4, 2012

I first experimented with painting eggs in the late ’70’s by using the Ukrainian method of alternating vegetable dyes with finely applied bees wax.  Not a great fan of geometric patterns, my goal was to take the same technique and compose actual scenes.  I produced a series of Christmas tree egg ornaments of villages in the snow and moonlit landscapes until I discovered how well eggs received watercolour.  Since then I have confined my efforts to the use of watercolours on blown eggs.

By far the best eggs for watercolour are duck eggs.  The surface is creamy white and satiny, and the eggs themselves can be very large indeed.  Goose eggs are even larger,  but not quite as lovely to paint on.  My least favourite surface is a chicken egg due to its chalky white quality.

Here are some examples of egg watercolour art:

Hand-painted egg display

This egg was painted as a Christmas Tree ornament, depicting one of the Twelve Days of Christmas:

Christmas Tree Ornament Egg

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