Drawing faces on eggs is a modern and uncomplicated way to connect with the pre-Christian tradition of giving gifts of decorated eggs, which were regarded as symbols of the life cycle, during spring celebrations. Unlike "Pysansky," or Ukrainian eggs decorated with wax and various dyes in elaborate geometric patterns for Easter, drawing faces with a marker on hard-boiled eggs is a quick craft project for any time of year.
Cook the eggs before drawing on them. Place the eggs in a pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil then turn off the heat. Cover the pot, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drain the hot water, and fill the pot with cold water to cool the eggs and stop the cooking process. Drain, and allow the eggs to dry.
Practice drawing simple faces inside ovals the same size as an egg on paper first. Draw happy, sad and scared expressions. Invent male and female characters with different noses, lips and eyes. Move on to drawing on eggs when you are comfortable sketching small, expressive faces in confident lines on paper.
Create a base for the eggs. Crumple a length of aluminium foil into a loose, long line. Lay the eggs flat in a brownie pan. Wrap foil around each egg until it is secure. Crumple and apply more aluminium foil as needed.
Hold an egg in one hand and draw the outline of eyes, a nose and a mouth with the other using a small black marker. Add details such as glasses, hair or hats. Fill in the pupils of the eyes and the inside of the open mouth with black. Put the egg in the aluminium foil, and allow the ink to dry. Repeat with the other eggs.
Pick up each egg in turn, and draw the lips and cheeks with red marker. Add red dots for freckles or acne. Replace each egg in the foil, and let dry. Draw an eye shadow or eye glasses with blue or green pen. Paint the eyeballs and teeth white with a small amount of white correction fluid.
Draw faces of eggs reacting to each other and photograph the comical results. For example, break a raw egg on a plate, place an egg with a sad face on one side of it and an egg with a scared face on the other.
Tips and warnings
- Draw faces of eggs reacting to each other and photograph the comical results. For example, break a raw egg on a plate, place an egg with a sad face on one side of it and an egg with a scared face on the other.
Things you need
- Brown eggs
- Black, red blue and green markers
- Aluminium foil
- Brownie pan
- White correction fluid