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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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34 Comments

  • Reply A Patchwork Life

    So pretty! Such a lovely effect. My last attempt at blowing out eggs wasn’t the greatest success ever, but it was ages ago, and quite sure I rushed it. Think it could be time for another try!
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    March 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We didn’t have too much trouble with ours – I think giving the contents a stir to break the yolk helps a lot. Let me know how you get on if you give it a go 🙂

      March 9, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    That’s a lovely different way to decorate eggs. Very pretty. might have to give this a try. #Trash2treasure
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    March 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you, it is good fun, and I have seen some really beautiful examples by people who have more artistic talent than me 🙂

      March 9, 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I remember blowing eggs as a kid. I like the syringe idea, I’m guessing it’s easier? The scaffito looks fab
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    March 7, 2016 at 2:04 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I think the syringe method is easier – mixing up the contents definitely helps as well 🙂

      March 9, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Sherry

    This is such a cute and clever idea. I love decorating with eggs foe Easter. Thanks also for the great instructions.

    March 6, 2016 at 7:07 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you Sherry, they are lots of fun to make – even hubby couldn’t resist getting involved in this craft!

      March 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    This is a brilliant idea for Easter! Those eggs are really beautiful I would love to get hens. I think I will give this a try with Monkey when he is a bit older. I remember doing this with straws when I was a kid although I remember some of them not making it! Thanks for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week x
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    February 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Hens are fab to keep, I’d recommend them to anyone 🙂 The kids loved blowing the eggs – think they couldn’t believe that they heard me right when I first told them what we were going to do!

      February 22, 2016 at 9:45 pm
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