Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Take a Break: Paint Stones to Look Like Easter Eggs

While dyed Easter eggs are lots of fun to do, the eggs are pretty fragile and easily broken. Besides, I’m not a big fan of blowing out eggs. This year, try your hand at painting/decorating a stone/pebble in place of an egg. These will last for many years to come, and it’s actually easier to make a more complex design on a stone than on an egg.

Step 1: Egg hunt-find stones or pebbles that are egg shaped. If there is still a lot of snow on the ground, which is the case in Vermont, check out your local Dollar Store. They often sell bags of the black stones. These would be perfect for Pysanky  (Ukrainian) eggs.

Step 2: Clean your rock. An old toothbrush can be handy. Use sandpaper for the tough spots. The goal is a smooth surface. Make sure they are completely dry before starting to paint.

Step 3. Outline your pattern using a light colored pencil.

Step 4: Use acrylic paints or Sharpies. The metallic ones look great.

Step 5: Paint large areas first. Be sure to let paint dry before painting on top of it.

Easter Egg Patterns to Try
Paisley: Good instructions on drawing paisley

Not interested in today’s activity? Check out the Take a Break Pinterest for lots of Take a Break ideas. 

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