Seems I lost my mojo for a while, but I’m back with some painted eggs, and looking forward to sharing all sorts of projects with you. Artist Gustav Klimt provided inspiration for this year’s batch of eggs, as did Aesop’s fable, The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg. Klimt was an Austrian painter (1862-1918), who was probably best know for his golden phase, which included incredible paintings like The Kiss and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Aesop’s fable provides a classic lesson about greed, with plenty of versions online to share with your little ones. Grab your gold and happy painting!
- hard boiled or blown out eggs
- pencil and eraser
- acrylic paint
- paint brushes
- if blowing out eggs: bowl and sharp tool eg. awl or nail
1. With hard boiled eggs, make sure you allow them to cool overnight before using, and keep them at room temperature for painting. If you prefer to blow out the eggs, which will allow you to keep them long term, make a hole at one end using a sharp, pointy tool like an awl or a nail. Then carefully make a hole at the other end, using the tool to also pierce and mix the yolk inside. If your tool isn’t long enough, you can use a skewer for this part.
Hold the egg over a bowl, place your mouth over one of the holes, and blow the contents out. If you have difficulty, you may need to shake the egg to mix the yolk with the white. If that, fails, make the hole slightly larger. Finally, once the contents have been removed, add a little water to the inside, shake it around, and blow it out. Wash and dry the eggs.
2. Now for the inspiration part. Have a look at images of Klimt’s work on the internet and/or books. You can also explore versions of Aesop’s fable The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg, as well as cartoons of it on YouTube. Decide on the colours you’ll be using, and begin by painting a base coat. Allow to dry.
3. Begin adding details to the eggs, either in pencil or directly with paint. Keep in mind blown out eggs will be more delicate to handle than hard boiled eggs, so take care when painting.