Yes, Easter is on its way, but first we get Spring, glorious Spring. Many of us are counting the days to fair weather.
Easter makes me think of many things, one of which is coloring Easter eggs. Such wonderful memories I have of when my children were young and we would spend hours decorating eggs.
Do you remember how I had mentioned another way to use gold leaf a few posts back? Well, this is it.
The most difficult part to this is actually blowing the eggs clean of yolk and white. The only way that I have thought of that may make this a little easier is if you have a small air compressor, like those used for airbrushing. So how does one do it? You poke a whole at each end of the egg and you blow through them to empty the egg. By the way, the egg is certainly useable, I save them for scrambled eggs or for a recipe calling for eggs. Sound easy? Think again. Getting the hole large enough to get the contents out yet not crack the whole egg is the trick. I was able to make the majority of the holes about 1/8-1/4 of an inch. Rinse them thoroughly and let dry overnight. I patched the holes with a little drywall mud and lightly sanded them when dry.
Next step……chose your paint colors. Here I used not only an assortment of pastels, I used the Color of the Year from pantone called Radiant Orchid (and a shade lighter and darker). Once the paint is dry, I used 2 coats, you are ready for the next step.
Remember the gold leaf sizing? Also called adhesive? You will want to get that out and a fine paint brush. (Try to find one at a reasonable price as you will be tossing it when done). As you can see from the pastel ones I painted on the adhesive in a couple of designs, stripes, curly cues, scrolls, hearts, etc. The Radiant Orchid ones I used curly cues (you basically make a “c” and continue wrapping it around itself).
After the adhesive dries clear, you can lay a sheet of gold leaf over the egg, rub it down thoroughly and with a soft brush, scruff off the excess.
The solid gold leaf eggs I painted the eggs red and black and then applied adhesive to one side, let it dry, apply gold leaf, turn it over and repeat. Why red and black? They are traditional color bases for gold leaf.
Have fun with them if you are going to give them a try. Maybe use an accent color that you have used in your home. If you prefer, the eggs may be purchased at my Etsy shop, which is –
Have a good day,