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Sgraffito Eggs

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. This is such a fun activity for the whole family - even Daddy had a go!

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 We are lucky enough to have a constant supply of these beautiful large tinted eggs from our lovely Light Sussex Hens.  I simply washed and dried them, and then used a hand drill to make small holes in both ends of each egg. 

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 As kids I think we used a pin to make the holes, and when I bought the syringes and needles from our local agricultural store, the man who served me said he used to use the thorns from Hawthorn bushes.

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

Use the syringe and needle to introduce air into the egg at one end, and the contents will start to be pushed out of the other.  If it is difficult for the yolk to pass out, give the contents a stir with a cocktail stick.  Alternatively, you can use the traditional method of blowing with your mouth.  Once the egg is empty wash it out, and leave to dry.

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 Paint the dry, clean eggs with acrylic paint.  The eggs you see in this tutorial had two coats applied. We found that we could just get a kebab stick into ours, which held them really nicely for painting!

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 It's then time to start making your Sgraffito pattern.  I used a punched out butterfly as a template, and used my craft knife to scratch around it to get the outline.  As long as you can grip it safely, I am sure you could use a number of different items; such as a fork prong or map pin.

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 Once I had scratched out my outline, I added some detail to the body and wings.  It is pretty easy to scratch the paint away.  I repeated the process around my egg until I was satisfied with the effect.

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

We are absolutely delighted with how this project turned out!  The effect is really pretty, and providing you wash you egg out well and allow it to dry before painting, there is no reason why it shouldn't last forever. If you've enjoyed this tutorial, why not check out Decorating Eggs with Decoupage tutorial.

 

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

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  • Reply Dean of Little Steps

    This looks lovely and a bit difficult to do though, especially with a five-year-old. I might have to try to do this on my own 😉 #BloggersClubUK
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    February 17, 2016 at 10:03 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The scratching is a bit fiddly – my kids enjoyed the actual process of blowing the egg best 🙂

      February 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    This is a fantastic idea and it doesn’t look too difficult either! I love that you used syringes to get the yolk out, we’ve always blown our out by mouth. The butterfly pattern is very sweet, I’m going to try this next Easter for decoration.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x
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    October 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      The syringes work well for anyone who would prefer not to blow them by mouth, although both work well! I’m hoping to get my hands on some goose eggs next to try it with 🙂

      October 21, 2015 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Leandra

    Stunning! Must remember these for Easter #howtosundsys
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    October 18, 2015 at 6:40 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      This is such a fun project to do, we are going to try to make some christmas ones to hang on our tree this year 🙂

      October 18, 2015 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Zena's Suitcase

    What a beautiful but simple idea. I think my kids would love doing this

    September 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Mine particularly enjoyed the egg blowing – we’ve just been given a dremmel so we plan to try our hand at egg carving next which I suspect will be hilarious! Thanks for popping by x

      September 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Ann Winters

    This is brilliant! Love the eggs! 🙂 have to try this one…. Seems perfect for easter decors!
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    August 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Would be perfect at Easter! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment x

      August 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm
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