Did someone say it was easy?

I’ve just spent the last couple of hours working on Easter eggs. I should say ONE Easter egg. I posted the following here yesterday, and thought it would be fun to go ahead and do some of those doodle eggs as an art project. Usually I don’t bother to empty the eggs and just boil them, but I decided to do it right this time. Broke nearly more eggs than I managed to rescue in the process (organic ones too, though they were past due, so it wasn’t too bad!), but I managed to get a half-dozen empty and cleaned out since yesterday, and then spent nearly the full two hours working on that ONE egg just now. Actually, I’d started on a first egg and badly broke it when I had covered a good half of it—rats! A light touch is what’s wanted here. I’ll be sure to show results when I’ve got them all done to my satisfaction.

Here are Alisa Burke’s eggs, which made me want to try it out for myself:
 I’m sure mine will come out looking very different, but aren’t these pretty?

Easter Eggs, the Easy Way

The above egg designs should probably not be attempted by us mere mortals. But Beth Ann Magnuson has egg carving down to a science, and her Victorian Lace Eggs can be purchased at her Etsy shop The Nest at Windy Corner. She also has a video demonstrating how she goes about making one of her eggs, which I found fascinating (and short & sweet). They are absolutely gorgeous of course, but I’m not likely to be trying this at home anytime soon. On the other hand, Alisa Burke has several suggestions for decorating easter eggs on her eponymous blog, and I found her Doodle Easter Eggs both pretty and intricate and much more accessible to anyone who has a spare Sharpie and a few minutes to doodle some seasonal designs. I  happen to have some eggs that are way past due in the fridge, and am very tempted to try this for myself.

I’ve put together a small gallery of egg designs that I found interesting, from the traditional and not so traditional Ukrainian pysanky to my attempt at making silk-tied eggs a couple of years ago. Enjoy!