Normally I let my cats get all up in my business when I am crafting because normally it’s not too big of a deal. I mean if a cat swipes at your yarn, is that really the end of the world? As far as I’m concerned it just isn’t. And it’s much easier than trying to keep them away.
But on this day, it was totally worth it to listen to Max ka-thunk, ka-thunk, ka-thunking the closed office door while yowling like he had been seriously injured because I was dealing with food coloring. The last thing I wanted was to have one of these little pots of coloring to go flying and staining my clothes, my skin, the desk, you name it.
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And cats don’t just knock something over and go about their way do they? Once they get a satisfying spill or drop they turn to the other things until it is every last thing has flung to the floor with that quick swipe of the wrist while I’m yelling at them like they understand me about not wanting to stain my awesome sweatpants (and they are awesome, I have 3 pairs and I live in these suckers!)
Just check out the pics from me and Max working on another set of Easter eggs. He’s fine in the first and in the second everything goes terribly awry. Sometimes cats don’t make the greatest assistants.
But back to the lovely eggs you came to see how to make… let’s get on it.
For this project you will need:
- Decoration read fake eggs (Walmart)
- Liquid food coloring
- Disposable cups
- Paint brushes
- Sharpie black paint marker
For my eggs I decided I wanted to use all of the assorted colors (red, green, blue and yellow) and from the neon just the purple. Choose your color palette and find disposable cups for each color. I like to use these medication measuring cups from Amazon for things like this. In each cup squeeze in about 20 drops. Add just the tiniest amount of water to thin the food coloring out.
You really don’t need a ton of each color. This is my red and I have less than 5ml which is just the tiniest amount BUT I wound up throwing a good deal of it away when I was finished.
To start your floral egg paint on a blob of a single color. You can paint another on top but not covering the entire shape to give it the look like above, where the top portion is lighter. To keep the dye from dripping you can either hold steady or take a rag and dab away the excess dye after a few moments for the color to sink in.
Choose a color to work with your flower. Here I’m using yellow. Make another daub of color around the area of the center. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Next take your original color and paint a blob of color partially over your new colors.
This process of layering helps the shape look more like a flower and petals and all.
Allow to fully dry and remember that it will dry lighter than it looks wet.
Go around the egg with a few more flowers, mostly filling the space up. On each egg, I made 3 flowers total.
Take your paint marker and draw “petals” around the outside of the shape. Your lines don’t need to be fully inside, outside or along the edge of the color. Imperfect is no problem.
To draw the center of the flower you can make dots for pollen thingies and lines for stamens (right, is that what they’re called???) The shape in the center can be kind of wild and free-form, too. No rules to this really.
After your flowers are dry, take your paint marker and in the empty space between the flowers draw the shape of leaves. When that dries, fill in with your leaf color(s) and let dry again.
In the end, this is our lovely little floral watercolor egg we just made! It’s not perfect but dang if it isn’t cute anyway!
I love them all set up together. Oh, and see the blue bottom one in the middle? I attempted 3 colors and that simply did NOT work well. Stick with the two colors per flower and you’ll be A-OK!
And don’t forget, it’s totally cool if your floral eggs aren’t perfect… neither are mine! But maybe they are perfect in their imperfection! And this is far to philosophical for me so I’ll say adieu!