I told you another milk-painted egg post was on the way and here it is, just in the nick of time before Easter. This idea came about because I bought a bunch of real eggs to paint, but then I found the paper eggs and those were going to be even better for my original plan. So, I was left with a bunch of cheap white eggs. I will insert here that I eat eggs for breakfast almost every day. Big egg fan. But, I’m picky about my eggs and like ones that are free-range and organic with rich yellow/orange yolks. They just taste so much better! These were just run-of-the-mill, pale-yolked eggs that don’t have a lot of flavor. I wanted to find another use for them.
So, I made more milk-painted eggs, but I used quail and robin’s eggs as inspiration.
This project was a messy one, since I had to hold the eggs while I painted them! That meant that I couldn’t just grab the camera with paint-covered hands to snap pictures. But, I’m sure you get what I mean when I say I applied two coats of milk paint to each egg with a 1″ flat artist brush. I applied two coats, not so much for coverage, but because I removed some paint as I handled the eggs. Two coats just made everything relatively even.
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Marzipan (for the beige) and a mix of Eulalie’s Sky + Linen (for the blue.) When the second coat was applied and still wet, I created speckles on the eggs using watered-down Curio and an old toothbrush. Just dip the toothbrush in the paint and run your fingers along the bristles to create a random splatter.
I applied the Curio while the base color was wet, so the brown paint color would bleed and run, making it look more natural.
Since milk paint dries to a flat finish, the eggs looked very flat.
Robin and quail eggs tend to have a little bit of a sheen to them, so I rubbed each dry egg with a little bit of Hemp Oil. (I linked to one of our great retailers who has Hemp Oil in stock.)
This gave the eggs a little bit of luster.
And that’s it! They will keep for the usual time you can display hard boiled eggs (maybe about a week.) I will note that these are for decorative use only. While milk paint is non-toxic and Hemp Oil is food safe, I wouldn’t suggest eating eggs painted in milk paint! You could always blow out the eggs first or use this technique on wooden, paper, or ceramic eggs if you want them to last longer or you don’t want to waste the egg.
In case you missed it, you can find the Indigo Pysanky Egg tutorial HERE…
And here are some old-school Miss Mustard Seed tutorials and spring/Easter ideas that might be fun to dust off and try…
My boys are now officially on spring break, so I’m going to enjoy sleeping in a bit, doing some fun things with the family, and getting some projects done around the house.
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