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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 Nikki

    I have never blown out an egg. Sounds crazy, I know it. Especially with two children, you would think I would have done this at some point in my life. So this is totally new to me. The end product turned out so pretty, I love the butterfly punch out that you used and I could see a bowl filled with these pieces of art. You could even do some for seasonal decoration.

    February 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The kids loved the egg blowing Nikki, I have to admit it had been years since I last did it. A bowl full would be lovely, and I keep meaning to make some Christmas ones to hang on the tree – maybe next year!

      February 10, 2017 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Kellie

    My grandma used to have blown eggs for decoration. She loved them so much she kept them out all year. I have always been too afraid to try it. Yours are beautiful.

    February 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I remember my grandmother having beautiful Chinese painted ones when we were kids Kellie – we weren’t allowed any where near them of course! Blowing them is pretty easy – we didn’t break any of ours, sadly I’m not a great artist so our decoration is pretty simple but we were still pleased with how they turned out 🙂

      February 10, 2017 at 11:55 am
    • Reply Kellie

      My Grandmas were very simply painted. But they sat in her buffet cabinet with pride. Yours are very well done.

      February 10, 2017 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    What a fun idea Sarah. I’ve only used sgraffito in some of my paintings but it looks so pretty on the eggs. The kids must have enjoyed this so much

    February 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They loved it Michelle, and the egg blowing itself. You forget until you show them something that they don’t know whats possible until they see it done!

      February 10, 2017 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    What a neat technique! I’ve never heard of Sgraffito before, but it looks like a fun way to decorate eggs. Do you think that it would work on wood as well?
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    January 31, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Linda, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on wood – especially if you use acrylic paint as that wont soak in the way some might, do let me know how you get on if you try it 🙂

      February 10, 2017 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Mary-the boondocks blog

    What a great tutorial for eggs. And they look really artsy and professional. Thanks for sharing with us at Share it link party!
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    March 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Mary, blowing eggs is such good fun – took me straight back to my childhood 🙂

      March 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm
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