I admit, I may not be the most normal person. When helping out with youth programming for a local sci-fi/fantasy convention, I came up with this idea, which was inspired by Easter. The raw materials were also inspired by Easter, which means finding the eggs for this project is quite easy and cheap if it’s after Easter.
Large plastic egg decorations. Make sure the surface is not completely smooth. Matte or roughened is better. These have shown up in the past few years, so I have no doubt they will again. These in particular are from Target last year and are marketed as “chalkboard” eggs. Seeing big black eggs at Easter was what gave me the idea for this project in the first place. There are also blue and white eggs. I would have loved for there to be yellow eggs for a golden egg, but I’ll work with these.
Step 2: Pencil comes off really easily on these, so here, it’s just a rough guide for what I want to do. While a normal pencil rubs off easily, colored pencils did not. Especially if they were the more inexpensive, off-brand kind found at Target or Wal-mart.
Step 3: Using color pencils, white gel ink pens and metallic Sharpie markers, I added more to my design. It seemed crayons also worked, but didn’t give me the results I wanted. I’ll end up redoing the eye later. I did try a variety of other marker colors and marker brands, but Sharpie metallic ones are what worked for the black eggs. The other egg colors we found would take colors far better. Sharpies were the only ones that didn’t seem to easily rub off or smear without going into expensive illustration marker territory.
Step 4: Finishing steps, using a standard black Sharpie to fix any mistakes and more gel pens and a silver Sharpie. A black Sharpie won’t work so well in this capacity if the eggs you find are other colors, of course. White correction fluid could also be substituted for gel ink.
Finish: My own idea of an eye peeking out from inside a hatching egg was admittedly inspired by Jurassic Park. Perhaps, also the eggs don’t exist in the same dimensional space as the rest of the world. Next time I could work smaller, but this one with it’s eye staring out is rather interesting. Another design, here, takes on a more traditional scale pattern or as the person who worked on it said, “Zentangle dragon egg!” Again, this is mostly metallic Sharpies as the other Sharpie colors didn’t show up well on this background. Yet, there was something compelling about working with this background color over a more traditional white surface. It’s an excellent craft for conventions that won’t be messy and the marking materials can be found rather inexpensively. I think that scrap cloth and paper with glue would also make some interesting designs.