I have this oversized bowl that sits on our coffee table and I love to fill it with seasonal (and kid friendly) items. So, I had this vision of eggs in a variety of light blues and aquas speckled with gold and I'm really pleased with the outcome because the final eggs are just what I envisioned! And this is a quick, easy project that you'll be able to use year to year.
I found some unfinished wood Easter eggs at Target by Spritz. Then I used the paint I had on hand to mix together the colors I wanted. I happened to have gouache and I ended up liking the semi-transparent look it gave so I only painted one coat. You could use acrylic paint for a more opaque finish as well. And I grabbed the first paint brush I found which happens to belong to my boys!
After the paint dried I used my favorite gold ink, Ph Martin's Iridescent Copper Plate Gold, and an inexpensive toothbrush to speckle the eggs. Even if you're not a calligrapher I think you could find some fun uses for this gold ink. To create the speckle I simply dropped some ink on a disposable plate and dipped the toothbrush bristles in it, then ran my thumb over and over the bristles to create a splatter. You'll want to put your eggs in a deep bag or box that can be thrown away because ink will go everywhere. In a few minutes one side was dry and I would rotate the eggs until I had the coverage I wanted. And I definitely had some accidental ink blobs but I just embraced them or flipped them over in the bowl. I ended up not using any type of wood finisher because the iridescent ink creates such a sheen that I liked the finished look as is.
Now that big coffee table bowl is ready for Easter! Although it's so big I'm now wishing I had done a few more eggs.
And here's the before shot of my winter bowl—giant pine cones I found at Hobby Lobby. For these I used a gold paint to brush just the tips and they've taken us from Christmas through all of winter.
Happy decorating and happy Easter!