April 5, 2015
I regret not taking some pictures while I was in the process of creating these blue and white Chinese pottery themed Easter Eggs so that I could make this post a “How To”. I only have the “pretty” pictures to show you but I will explain my technique. I will tell you the hardest part was keeping my fingers clean and not smudging the fresh white egg with food coloring. Once I mastered holding the egg in play with a paper towel and blowdrying the egg as I painted, the lot of them happened in just a few hours.
Before I began I gathered Q-tips, a few toothpicks and lacking a tiny paint brush I grabbed a lip-stick brush from a make-up kit (but the brush was less predictable than the Q-tip, so skip it). I layer a barrier of plastic and then layed paper towels to make a “place mat” to work on. For the Dye I used blue food coloring right out of the bottle. I used some full strength, and for the lighter blues I mixed food coloring with white vinegar (avoid cider vinegar it will change the color of your dye). I googled “Chinese blue and white pottery images” to use a few pictures for reference and borrow styles and designs for my patterns. When you’re ready to start decorating hold the egg in one hand with a paper towel and paint with the other hand. Before you roll the egg in your palm or paint too far around the egg, hit it softly with a hair dryer to dry the dye to avoid smudging. it’s really that simple.
I am a self-confessed collector (almost hoarder) AND I love to put out seasonal decor. I find that kept in groups and displayed similarly my collections make a stronger impact and keep the house from looking cluttered. I prefer handmade items and a soft colored palette but if you prefer a lot of color or stronger impact go for it! To display my Easter decorations I like to use my collection on ironstone tureens. Yes, that a collection to display another collection… genius huh? lol. The bunny collection is a tradition I have with my husband. Each year he gets a small bunny in his Easter Basket. We’ve been together 21 years, I started this idea a few years late so the bunny count is only up to 16 or so.
These eggs (below) I made a year or two ago. I must have have more time on my hands back then because I blew the eggs, dyed them and set them with beads. Elmer’s white glue is easy to work with and dries clear. I love the texture and sparkle but my favorite from this group (not pictured) is an egg I left white and applied white beads to. White on white, so clean and fresh and pretty. I hope you have a lovely Easter holiday and you have fun on whatever creative project you decide to tackle this year!