I love egg art. It’s low-cost, eco-friendly, and a craft that appeals to all ages. So I was delighted when Search Press got in touch and asked if I’d like to review Egg Art, 50 Designs to Paint, Dye and Draw by Katya Trischuk.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Egg Art, 50 Designs to Paint, Dye and Draw for this review.
For those of you who don’t know, Search Press is the leading art and craft publisher here in the UK. They publish a diverse range of craft titles ranging from wood-craft and watercolour painting to string art rock painting and everything in between.
But before I tell you what you’ll find in Egg Art, I want to share some of my own easy egg decorating designs.
Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting colour underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. Egg blowing is such a fun activity for the whole family – even Daddy had a go!
Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper on to it, then sealing the finished product in layers of varnish until the cut-out appearance vanishes altogether. Artisans in the past have combined this technique with specialist paints and finishes such as gold leaf to produce stunning works of art.
Although I can not promise that our works of art will end up in a museum in a couple of hundred years, it is easy to use the concept of decoupage at home to decorate objects. And it is a fun activity to do with the kids.
These pretty string wrapped eggs are perfect for Easter decorations and are quick and easy to make without having to use messy glue. We used wooden eggs for our base which we had painted white, but I think this method would work just as well with blown eggs (check out our instructions here), or the polystyrene ones you find in the craft stores.
Learn the process of wet felting using a washing machine with this Easy Wet Felted Easter Egg Owl using a wooden egg form.
What you’ll find inside Egg Art. 50 Designs to Paint, Dye and Draw
The focus of the book is, of course, the 50 beautiful egg art designs. Each project has well laid out instructions as well as a beautiful photograph of the finished design.
Designs range from those suitable for the youngest members of the family to try out on hard-boiled eggs to more intricate designs that require a little more patience and artistry.
The techniques that particularly caught my eye were the batik dyed eggs using a stylus to apply beeswax resist and the vinegar etching to remove the colour from brown shelled eggs.
As well as the 50 projects, Egg art also includes the following useful sections.
• Tools and materials used in egg art
• Showcasing your egg art – ideas for displaying them around your home
• Techniques such as egg blowing and dyeing
What I liked about Egg Art. 50 Designs to Paint, Dye and Draw
I like instructions that show every stage of a project, and that’s what you get with this book. Even the more intricately decorated eggs look achievable thanks to Katya’s step by step instructions. The designs themselves are gorgeous, and the techniques used clearly explained. I challenge you not to feel inspired after flicking through this book.