In addition to the felted spring eggs I've been working lately, I've also been working on another variety of equally cute, if vaguely more dangerous, spring eggs.
Last weekend when I asked Paul to pick up a woodburning tool for me, I could hear the dubious sound in his voice as he reluctantly agreed. You see, exceedingly hot tools and I don't get along very well. Even though I've tried my hand glass-blowing, pottery, and fused glass, I've also burned myself at nearly every one of those forms of art. Not to mention I have a history of cooking related burns, including one that required a trip to to a plastic surgeon for possible "wrist mobility issues". Needless to say, Paul's not keen on handing me a heat wand so I can injure myself in a new and unusual way.
My cajoling must have won him over because he did arrive with a woodburning tool, and I eagerly began planning my first foray into woodburning. I bought a lot of wooden eggs a few weeks ago in anticipation for Easter and spring and decided after seeing these eggs, that it might be fun to make some of my own.
After sketching an outline and burning the outline with the woodburning tool, I pulled out a few of the oodles of cheap watercolors we seem to collect and decided to paint my little egg cuties.
I even found the perfect paintbrush for egg painting. Nice and flatly trimmed so you can easily paint right up to the woodburning line without wisps of the brush tripping over the line. Of course, I'll have to hide it now so it doesn't disappear during the next kidlet paint session.
I also discovered that even with 36 colors, you still might need a bowl or two for mixing colors. Because every piggie needs his own shade of pink, right?
Voila! Cute little painted, woodburned eggs. And nary a burn in sight!
I've really had a great time trying to figure out exactly what I can adapt to the eggs. I think the hedgie egg might be an Easter basket surprise for Paulie, our resident hedgehog lover.
Our Easter story egg turned out just how I imagined it. I think it might be a focus tool for Finn as we're reading the story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection.
And a rainbow egg for rainbow week. Elizabeth's school is on spring break next week, and we plan to rainbow-it-up based on the free guide that Little Acorn Learning has available on rainbows.
Some of the eggs I like better than others, but I think they all have a certain charm and individuality about them. Hooray for more cutie spring eggs!