Serious hobbyists or artists spend hours and days to create a piece of egg art. Artists create very intricate designs by carving on an eggshell using special tools, or decorate eggs with beautiful rhinestones and sparkle, creating pretty-looking eggs. However, if you are a beginner and want to learn this art, then start with small projects which involve simple painting and drawing techniques, rather than advanced sculpting or carving technique. As your hand gets steady and you develop a bigger interest in the art, you can invest in special tools and study egg carving techniques from artists.
Egg Art for Beginners
- The first thing you need to do is decide how you want your egg to look. While doing this also research on the basic techniques of creating egg art.
- Once you are done with the basic sketch of how you want the egg to look like, and the technique you are going to use, it is time to gather supplies.
- Finding the right type of egg is important, you can start with a normal white chicken egg. Select a good, round, non-bumpy egg and clean it thoroughly. To do this you will need to make a fine hole at the top and bottom of the egg, then suck out the liquid in the egg using a syringe. Wash the egg with soapy-water using a syringe. Then wash the egg with tap water and let it dry.
- If you wish to do a simple decorative egg, then pysanky style or the famous Ukrainian style is a good way to start with. To do this you will need beeswax, cold water dyes, vinegar, candle, pencil, a spoon, paper towels, and oil-based varnish. These are quite easy to find supplies, if you are having trouble finding these supplies then shop online.
- First draw a simple design on the egg using the pencil, you will find many easy pysanky design on the Internet. After you are done with this, apply wax on the lines of the egg that you want to remain white. Then dip the egg in the lightest color first. Let the egg remain in the dye bath till it gets the desired color.
- Then take out the egg and let it completely dry, then apply wax to the patches of the egg where you want to preserve the first color. Then again dip in the second dye batch. Repeat this process of wax, dye, drying egg till you have used all the colors.
- Then light a large candle and rotate the egg directly on top of the flame till all the wax has melted.
- Using paper towels remove any excess wax. Wipe off all the wax from the egg.
- Finally apply several coats of varnish over the entire egg, this will seal off the pores of the egg and prevent any air getting inside to rot the egg. Varnish will also help to strengthen the egg.
- These were the tips on creating easy egg art, if you wish to learn more about this art visit the site of International Egg Art Guild (IEAG). This is a site that is completely dedicated to egg art. With the help of this guild you can get updates on shows, buy supplies, attend workshops, etc.
So, start with a basic pysanky art project, and if you like the egg you created using this method, you can develop your hobby by visiting workshops or joining a local egg art club.