After making the Pysanky eggs last week, I thought it would be fun to break out the MMS Milk Paint and make some more eggs! I selected a color palette of Mustard Seed Yellow, a custom green (2 parts Boxwood + 1 1/2 parts Lucketts Green), a custom pale blue (2 parts Eulalie’s Sky + 1 part Linen), and Artissimo.
I found these paper eggs at Target and knew they would be perfect for milk paint. I was planning on just painting some small papier mâché eggs, but these were even better. They are larger, about the size of duck eggs, and the fact that they open up makes them easier to paint and they can actually be filled!
No prep work was required. I just painted on one coat of each color. I painted the white eggs in the lighter colors and the craft eggs in the darker colors.
The paper soaks up the milk paint and they dry quickly.
They really could be left as is, but I wanted to add some decorative painting to them. For that, I like using a paint that has more “body” to it, so I used acrylic paints – Titanium White mixed with a little bit of Unbleached Titanium to make it a soft, off-white. I added some matte medium to make the acrylic flow a little better.
I used a round brush and painted repetitive, simple designs that look more complicated than they really are.
This was the part of the tutorial where I really missed my studio side-kick and assistant, Kriste. She would’ve been my hand model or taken the pictures while I painted. I need to pull out my old trick of holding the shutter remote in my teeth.
I allowed the paint to dry and then they were ready to fill and photograph!
This really was a simple project and would be a great way for a first-timer to try out milk paint. Our sample-sized bags are perfect for these.
A bonus to using the paper eggs is that they can be used for many years.
And, because they are so darn cute, here are a bunch of pictures of the different colors and patterns…
I made a second take on milk-painted eggs that I’ll share later this week.
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