Painting eggs is a popular activity and tradition this time of year, and there’s no shortage of styles to explore. Think of intricate and detailed designs on Ukrainian Easter eggs, experiments with marbling, speckling and layering, wonderful little characters emerging from creative minds, and of course the unexpected. Artists provide inspiration for so many things, so why not for eggs?
The American artist, Roy Lichtenstein, was born in 1923 and was well known for his work in the Pop Art style. For a number of years, he adapted images from comic books and turned them into large-scale paintings filled with thick black outlines, primary colours, and lots and lots of dots. Dots, comics, and bright colours? Sounds like a winning combination to entice children into a little egg painting.
- hard boiled eggs
- acrylic paint in black, yellow, red and blue
- paint brushes
1. Hard boil some eggs and allow them to cool overnight. Keep them at room temperature for painting.
2. In the mean time, do an internet search or browse through some books for images of Roy Lichtenstein’s work, which you will be using for inspiration. In keeping with his playful style, use the three primary colours and black as your palette for painting these eggs. When painting, focus on one side of the egg at a time, allowing it to dry before working on the other side.