This episode is subtitled: ‘Yellow…’
After the gloomy winter, with so much wind and rain (was it like that for you, too?), suddenly everything is spring-like and…..yellow. The daffodils are bursting into colour on the roundabouts and grass verges, Easter chicks are everywhere (in magazines, anyway!) and even the sun was shining earlier this week.
I’m going with the spring theme myself for this post, hoping to get you inspired and prepared for Easter. Yes, you could buy your friend a chocolate egg, but why not put a little bit of effort in and paint a real egg instead? It’s much less fattening.
As usual, the project starts at the paw print below but while we’re in the mood, I thought you might like a countdown of my top 10 favourite yellows:
- At number 10 it’s Yorkshire’s yellow bicycles. Hasn’t Yorkshire done a fantastic job at promoting cycling and promoting itself?
- Ninth place goes to custard. What’s’ not to love?
- I’ve only started to appreciate The Simpsons recently (I know, about 20 years behind everyone else) but I do find Marge worthy of the number 8 spot.
- Where would we be without lemons? I like them best in a roast chicken, in a drizzle cake and in a G&T.
- Sixth place is reserved for Liverpool’s Superlambanana. It’s art, it’s a talking point and it’s yellow.
- Into the top five and at number 5 it’s Blue’s favourite toy. It’s a raggedy thing that’s not very describable any more but he loves it (and it’s yellow!).
- In fourth place it’s the beautiful fields of oilseed rape that we can look forward to seeing later in the year.
- Number 3 has to be daffodils. For me it’s the sign that everything is bursting back into life.
- Not everyone will agree with my number 2 choice. It’s a perfectly poached egg with the yolk still a bit gooey, sprinkled with salt and pepper. Yum.
And the winner is…..
- Sunshine. I don’t need it to be blazingly hot, just yellow and happy.
Have a look at my ‘Yellow’ Pinterest board with pictures of my top 10 plus more yellow things.
Not surprisingly, I chose yellow as the base colour for my painted eggs. If you look online for painted egg ideas there are some beautiful examples but some use hard boiled eggs. They look lovely in a bowl but I’m not sure how long you can keep them for. So I’ve gone for the option of removing the egg and just using the empty shell. These are designed for hanging up and they will be more fragile than the hard boiled option (but you can get them out again next year).
First I washed my eggs.
Then I needed to make a hole in each end, one to blow through and the other for the egg to come out. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make the hole in the bottom (the wider end) slightly bigger. This is quite a tricky process. I made a pin prick sized hole at each end first using an egg piercer then I took my corn on the cob skewer (you might find something else equally good, or even better) and gently made the hole bigger. The skewer was just the right size for the top but it was difficult to make the hole any bigger than the skewer on the bottom because the shell is so fragile.
Then I blew each egg into a dish and thoroughly washed out the inside of the shells by swishing water round in them.
Scrambled egg later, I think.
Then I gathered a few supplies together and set off painting the eggs. As you know, I love to be creative but I’m definitely no artist so I kept the designs simple. I cut the egg box up so I had a low cup for each one and was able to paint one end then the other.
I painted yellow as the base for each egg before adding detail in another colour.
You could leave the decorating at that. The shells were chalky/matt and quite pretty but I wanted to give them a gloss finish so out came the Mod Podge. I gave each egg a few coats, which made them shine and made them a bit more robust.
I then took a length of ribbon (quite a long length so I could shorten it later), threaded it through a long needle with a fairly small eye and pushed it from the bottom hole, up through the top hole. I created the loop at the top and took the needle back down and out at the bottom and once I’d decided on the length I wanted I tied a knot in the end and cut the excess off.
Getting the ribbon through is really tricky if you’ve not got a needle that’s long enough.
This branch came down one windy night and I’ve been waiting to find a use for it. It could have taken about seven eggs but you get the idea! You can see the knots at the bottom of the ribbon with a little bit of a tail on each one.
Oops. If you look carefully at the photo at the top of this post you’ll see that I don’t have any knots at the bottom of the eggs any more. That’s because the hole in the blue one is not quite as neat as it should have been and it swallowed up my knot inside the egg. No worries though because I pulled the others through to match and because the holes are quite tight at the top it means I can adjust the length to suit the display each time I use them and just push any excess ribbon inside the egg – almost as if I’d planned it!
- I watched this video by Paul Mori. He’s much slicker than me at making the holes, supporting the egg while it’s being painted, and artwork!
- If your hole ends up too big at the bottom then add a bead above your knot to stop the ribbon falling through, or just pull it through and let it stop on the inside at the top of your egg. Your hole at the bottom will be more visible but that may not matter to you.
- Choose whether you’re going to hang the eggs down (with the small end facing down) or up (with the large end facing down) and be consistent if you are displaying a few together. It’s easier to hang them up as I’ve done because the larger hole will be at the larger end of the egg.
- I had a fourth egg that I used for practice at each stage which worked well for me.
- Curly branch
These are a bit of fun for Easter. Who out there is a better artist than me? Well you can paint beautiful designs on your eggs. For everyone else you can see how effective they can be with the minimum of talent. Should I give mine to Kim or display them in Tulips?
Enjoy your painting and tell us all how it goes!
See you next week, same time, same place.