Sharpies and Eggs

April 28, 2011

I've always loved Urkrainian eggs. A few weeks ago, Suzy'sSitcom blog featured some Ukrainian eggs and got my wheels turning...

Traditional eggs are made with a pysanky set, using beeswax, toxic dyes, and several hours per egg. I didn't have any of those.

So I improvised.

(I like improvising, don't I?)

And I found the easiest way ever to decorate Easter eggs with intricate designs.

Behold, the supplies I found! Acrylic paints, small brushes, and.... Sharpies. I saw a big box of multi-colored sharpies sitting on the school table (my mom has a thing with pens), and grabbed them.

I didn't use the acrylic paints at all. Sharpies are the ultimate egg-decorating-tool-cheats.

Addie blowing an egg-- actually, attempting to, because she couldn't do it.
The first step is blowing the egg. This is the grossest and possibly most confounding part of my "Ukrainian" eggs.

You use a thick needle to gently poke a hole in the top and bottom of the egg. Wiggle it around so that the bottom hole is thicker, about the width of a #2 pencil lead. Use the needle to stir up the yolk.

Then blow through the smaller, top hole. Blow until you are red in the face. Roll your eyes when your brothers gleefully exclaim how disgusting it is.

You can use the egg insides to make scrambled eggs, or just toss it.

When the egg is empty, fill it up with water and vinegar. You can use the needle to hold the "film" away from the large bottom hole and use a faucet to fill the egg. We discovered that the best way to get a vinegar/water mixture into the egg is to use a medicine squinter (the kind you get for baby medicine). My friend said that a medical syringe would be even better.

Blow the water/vinegar out of the egg and get started decorating!

Draw the design in pencil (lightly).

Then, go CRAZY with the SHARPIES!

I spent almost an hour per egg, because I'm crazy like that. I get all caught up in art and get more and more and more and more detailed.

I didn't use any dye on my eggs before decorating them, but I did discover that Sharpies can make a very beautiful dye/marbled effect.

Scribble on a small portion of an egg with a Sharpie, then use the tip of a paper towel or a Q-tip to rub the ink around on the egg. Do it in sections so the ink can't dry until it has been marbled.

This egg was made by my friend. Didn't she do a beautiful job? She loves Asian culture, and the writing on the edges of her egg is copied from a Miraculous Medal my grandma gave me. I really want to learn the story behind the medal. It's really old and the writing is some kind of Asian language.

While I went crazy with Sharpies, my siblings dyed their hard-boiled eggs the "normal" way.

My brother saw that the Sharpies said "Non-Toxic," so he decided to draw on hard-boiled eggs with Sharpies. He made a Harry and a Voldemort. They had an epic battle at our breakfast table, and William had a wee bit too much fun squishing the yolk from Voldemort's egg to a pulp.

Next year, I'll try:
Dyeing the egg beforhand
Stringing string through the egg to make an ornament (I don't have a big enough needle now)

Painting eggs with acrylics

Or maybe I'll even be able to try real pysanky.

photo from Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom

You know what? I only made four eggs. And the Easter seasons lasts a whole lot longer than just Easter Sunday. I might go and make some more... there's a whole world waiting inside of those eggs and Sharpies... So many new designs to discover...

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  1. I have always wanted to try pysanky (tho I didn't know the word for it) since I saw it on Reading Rainbow as a child (so clearly made an impact since it's been 20+ years since I saw that clip)

  2. They are so beautiful! We have some of those eggs, my godparents gave them to us! :) I'll have to post some pictures.

  3. Beautiful! I discovered the sharpie thing for our eggs this year too! Much better then the crayons we usualy try to use!

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  5. Wow, so pretty! I wish I'd thought of doing that when we did easter eggs! My little sister did some flower designs with a crayon, but this looks so much more fun. I can see how you can easily spend hours on this. :)

  6. Thanks everyone! It's sooo much fun. I wish I thought to do it and make this post BEFORE Easter!

  7. Holy Moly, those are amazing! I am hoping I remember this for next year. Thanks for sharing!

  8. If you send your link to the Sharpie website, they would probably link back to you, & possibly feature this post:

    It certainly is the easy way to do Pysanky! Thanks for the idea!

  9. They look beautiful!! You did a wonderful job. Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your eggs in my "Features and Thank you's" post that should come out today.


  10. aaawww.. so so pretty.. Happy Easter... I cant believe you painted that.. These are so so gorgeous!! Thanks for joining the Weekend Wrap Up.. I'm following your blog now.. and am hoping you'll visit soon.. thanks once again!!

  11. Great eggs - love your improvisation! and a fun post about it all too!:)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. wow very neat. I can't believe that's with a sharpie! really cool.

    I'm a new follower to your blog!

  13. Those turned out amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.


  14. Super fab!
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Your eggs came out so pretty! I'm so impressed you did all of that with Sharpies!

  16. They look beautiful! This would be such a great high school art lesson (I used to teach HS art). I've tried Pysanky before and it's pretty difficult. Thanks for the alternative idea!

  17. Fantastic job!! I love the pointy tipped permanent sharpies. Here's a trick I learned for egg blowing....wiggle that needle around inside the egg, you've got to break the yoke sack for it to come out easily. And, on the note of permanent markers....have you ever tried tie dyeing with them and some rubbing alcohol? WAY cool. Google it and you'll see. I've done that in the craft time I host at my library (though, I handled the rubbing alcohol, not the kiddos).

  18. You, my dear, are incredibly talented. Blowing the egg out is a pretty big deal but your detail work is amazing. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday

  19. Great tutorial! i love it, thanks for sharing


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