Egg painting season is upon us, and this year, my daughter decided Andy Warhol was the way to go. Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928, and like Roy Lichtenstein, who inspired these eggs, became an important figure in the Pop Art movement. His use of everyday objects, and popular images from celebrity culture and the world of advertising, took art in a new direction, making it less elitist and more of a celebration of “consumerism and mass culture.” Warhol left us with unforgettable images of Campbell’s Soup cans, Brillo boxes, and plenty of famous faces to use as inspiration for this year’s batch of eggs.
- hard boiled or blown out eggs
- pencil and eraser
- acrylic paint
- paint brushes & sponges
- if blowing out eggs: bowl and sharp tool eg. awl, nail, drill with small drill bit
1. If you choose the hard boiled egg route, allow the eggs to cool overnight, and keep them at room temperature for painting. Keep in mind these eggs cannot be saved, since they will undoubtedly become mighty smelly.
If you’d like to preserve your creative efforts, you’ll need to blow out the eggs first. To do this, use a sharp, pointy tool like an awl, a nail or a drill. Carefully make a hole at the small end of the egg – the end used for blowing. Make a second hole at the larger end, and use your tool to pierce and mix the yolk inside. This will allow the content of the egg to come out easily. If your tool isn’t long enough, use a wooden skewer.
Hold the egg over a bowl, place your mouth over the hole, and blow the contents out. If you have difficulty, you may need to gently shake the egg, to mix the yolk with the white. If that fails, make the hole at the larger end slightly bigger. Finally, add a little water to the inside, shake it around, and blow it out. Wash and dry the eggs.
2. Gather images of Warhol’s work from the internet and/or books. Younger children can aim for easier everyday objects, like flowers, shoes, fruit, etc. Decide on your palette, and paint the eggs with a base coat, if necessary. Two coats work well, helping to eliminate any streaks. Allow to dry between coats. A cake cooling rack is an ideal place to rest them while they dry.
3. Begin adding details to the eggs, either in pencil, or directly with paint. Keep in kind that blown out eggs will be far more delicate to handle than hard boiled eggs, so take care when painting.
If you ever make it to Pittsburgh, The Andy Warhol Museum is a must-see, with an enormous number of works on display. As far as eggs go, there are some amazing ideas on Pinterest. Happy painting!