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 these speckled milk-painted eggs, but I used quail and robin’s eggs as inspiration.
This speckled milk-painted egg 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 the speckled look 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 these speckled milk-painted eggs 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 speckled milk-painted 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! These speckled milk-painted eggs 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 milk-painted eggs! 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 Milk-Painted paper eggs HERE…
And here are some old-school Miss Mustard Seed tutorials and spring/Easter ideas that might be fun to dust off and try…
Decoupage Eggs | Egg & Moss Wreath | Moss & Bud Monogram | Chalkboard Eggs | How to Make a Nest | Painted & Glittered Egg Garland
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. Let me know if you give this speckled milk-painted egg tutorial a try!
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I adore the speckled eggs! I love all your “egg projects” & hope to try! Thank you!
These are really pretty!. I hope you and your family have a Blessed Easter! Enjoy spring break with the boys.
That’s exactly what I’m doing with the eggs I’m painting! My mom taught me the “toothbrush speckle” technique back in the 1970s. It is the most natural way to do it!
I found it easy to paint some wooden eggs by putting on a pair of cheap Dollar Tree winter gloves, dipping my fingers in the paint, and then rolling the eggs around in my hands. Basically fingerpainting with gloves on. Then I speckled them like you did.
That is brilliant!
Lovely Happy Easter to you and your family
HAPPY EASTER!!! Love the eggs!
Well done! I like the real eggs you just posted. Long ago I used to buy the white cheap eggs and blow the inside
out of the two little holes, It takes energy if you want to keep the holes small. I even painted faces on the surface. But the simple speckled ones are always pretty.
Happy Easter weekend.
Great speckled eggs, Marian! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter and Spring vacation from school!
Just gorgeous – and so real looking!!!! Well done! : – )
My hemp oil came today – and I cannot wait to start using it. There are more than a few projects to use it on.
Thank you for such awesome products, M.
Happy Easter! God bless!
Glad to hear! You are going to love that stuff!