We have been reading Eggs for the Hunting, by Reg Down, which we got from A Toy Garden. I was inspired by Reg’s drawings in the book and I wondered if I could emulate them on some wooden eggs (also from A Toy Garden) to make my own story eggs. I had seen story eggs made by Mama West Wind who writes at Chocolate Eyes, and they were so beautiful I had to try to make some myself. (You can find a full tutorial by Chris Willow how to do this here at Rhythm of the Home.)
This seemed the perfect time to try the wood-burner for the first time. Plus, I had this nifty, super-dandy lathe thingy that Ian bought me for Christmas to try out, so a little project was born.
My first wood-burning attempt. I dig it! I used the pointiest tip and was pleased with the results.
I painted the flowers with some watercolor paints. I liked being able to see the wooden egg, so I left the natural wood.
Emboldened by my first success, I tried one of Reg’s designs on this large wooden egg. This was trickier. It felt important not to mess it up. I just worked slowly and took lots of deep breaths while using the wood-burner.
Then I painted it with Stockmar watercolors. The illustration I was emulating is in black and white, so the colors here are my interpretation.
I finished it with a nice coat of beeswax furniture polish.
My Tiptoes Lightly isn’t perfect, but I think she’s a fine first attempt. I hope to make more of these story eggs before Easter comes. My kids haven’t seen this egg yet and I’d love to have two finished for their Easter baskets.
Since we had some smaller wooden eggs, too, I let the boys paint them.
What fun things are you doing to enjoy Easter?