Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How To: Paint a Santa Egg that Keeps Watching

 Santa has made his run to GriggsDakota and the year is fading fast. We have had fun with these little guys over the years. Santa painted onto wooden eggs. The technique is easy. If you decide to try these, be sure to buy eggs that have a flat surface on one end so it can stand upright. If your egg won't stand, file it flat on one end or glue on a washer that will allow the egg to stand. Paint the bottom 3/8 red, the middle half flesh colored and the top 1/8 red for the hat. After the base coat has dried, add the details. White paint for beard and fur. I like to break a round toothpick in half for the round eyes and holly berries. I have used broken toothpicks to do quite a bit of detail painting. They hold just the right amount of paint for tiny marks and are easy to control. Santa's nose was painted with the tip of a toothpick.
Paint will achieve the most professional look, but if these are just for fun, try making some of the details with a permanent marker like a Sharpie. Notice that the hand is really just an N painted on with flesh color paint. Technique painting is easy. 
Holly leaves and berries are optional and can be added with markers if you prefer.
Holly has a very simple line and imperfection is part of the normal leaf structure. Relax!
Occasionally throughout the year, or perhaps starting on Thanksgiving Day, you may find Santa Claus in the egg carton. 
Or hidden among the spices in the cupboard 
Santa's work is done for this year, but we never know when we will need a little Christmas.

1 comment:

  1. This is very cute. I may have to get my girls to try it. Thanks!