It was about 11 pm and I was on my way to bed when my random impulsive nature had the sudden urge to marble indigo blue Easter eggs. It’ll be quick I
lied to told myself. All I needed for marbled eggs was indigo blue nail polish and water. I’ll do just one plastic egg and then I’ll head to bed like every other normal and sane person on the planet.
There was only one flaw in my plan, well maybe more than one, but the one big flaw (other then me) was…. I don’t own blue nail polish.
I still looked though. Much like that 2nd look in the fridge when you know nothing has changed from when you looked 10 minutes ago, I was hoping my desired object would magically appear . And despite this strategy having never worked before, I was feeling positive. Tonight could be my night!
Nope, I still don’t own any blue nail polish. However, I did notice my box of oil paints and thought, hmmmm oil paint should float in water; that might work.
Two hours later, I was in indigo marbled egg heaven!
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Indigo Marbled Egg Supplies
Please note that this process is meant for plastic decoration eggs and not food
How to Marble Eggs with Oil Paint
If you’re not careful this project can get messy so lay down something to protect your surface and keep paper towels handy. Also, oil paint and turpentine have a strong smell, you will want a well ventilated area to work in.
These eggs are for decorative use only. I don’t believe this process would for be safe for edible eggs.
Earlier in the week I coated cheap plastic eggs with white chalky spray paint for a separate project and had several left over. They worked well for this marbling experiment too.
Start with a disposable plastic bowl of warm water. Next, thin dark blue oil paint with oil medium such as linseed oil in 3 small disposable containers. Each container will have a different thickness from thin to thinnest. After I thinned the paint with linseed oil I thinned the paint even more by adding Turpenoid. I mixed my paint with an old paintbrush but anything such as a plastic spoon will due.
Add a few drops of the various mixes in the warm water. Start very small because you can always add more but if you add too much you get a big blue egg. After the paint drops are added, swirl the dots together.
Dip your egg in half way and then turn it over and dip in the back side. For me, it took several eggs before I got the result I wanted. At one point I got overzealous and added too much paint in my water so I dumped the water and started over.
Don’t forget the gloves.
Because I did this project on the fly, I didn’t initially wear gloves. I took this picture the next day so I would have an example to show you. Do you see the blue on my gloved fingers? Well that is exactly what my fingers look like under the glove too. Yep, I look like I strangled a smurf. As desirable as that sounds, I don’t recommend it. I’ve washed my hands multiple times and I have a feeling I’ll be living with this look for a while.
Quick Drying Rack
For an easy drying rack, use a simple Styrofoam sheet and place ball head pins close enough together to suspend the egg. It works great!
Each egg was a little different and my marble patterns got better as the night when on. It took a little practice to get the hang of it but once I did, it was soooo fun.
As you can see, I got carried away. I must have done 3 dozen eggs.
I have another project I want to use the indigo marbled eggs in. Hopefully I’ll get the time to complete and post that one too.
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Happy creating and have a wonderful week,
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