Color Blocked Wooden Easter Eggs
I love colorblocked anything. If you’re wondering what colorblocking is, exactly, Oxford Dictionary defines it as: “relating to an item characterized by contrasting blocks or panels of solid, typically bright color.” I suppose it’s because I love bright color and Mondrian and whatnot that make this a trend I can totally get behind.
So when I saw these wooden eggs at Target I went back home and had a think on it and set my mind to colorblocking a set. I’ll admit I had a difficult time producing straight, clean lines on the wooden surface but, in the end, I’m really happy with how they look, even preferring the little dots I used to cover my sometimes wonky paint lines.
For this project you will need:
- Wooden eggs (check out Target but you can always get them on Amazon, too)
- Bright paints
- Paint pen in a contrasting color (white, black or a metallic would all work well)
These little eggs are not totally unfinished. There is some kind of a sealer on them that make them slightly shiny and not as porous as bare wood. This means you’ll have to sand these clean if you want to stain the wood a different color before starting.
Wrap tape around your eggs in random ways and patterns. I used washi tape that I’ve had good experience with getting clean lines with before. When it worked just okay I got some sealing edges tape meant for painting and it worked just okay, too. I think it’s just the nature of the wood and the kind of awkward round-ish shape.
Burnish the edges of the tape on the side you’ll be painting by rubbing a pen over the tape’s edge to help minimize paint bleed.
I wanted some sheen to my painted areas but I didn’t want to detract too much from the slight sheen the eggs was sporing in the areas that were to be left bare. I hadn’t used this Waverly Super Premium paint before but now that I have I am a big fan. It covers really, really well.
When painting brush over the tape to the bare area of the wood. This will help a little bit with seeping paint.
Allow the paint to dry completely (for this color I got away with just a single coat) and then remove the tape. Allow the paint to cure for about 24 hours before continuing.
Now that your paint has had time to dry/harden a bit you can now put tape over top of the already painted areas without worry of messing the first round of color up. Use your tape to again make interesting shapes to fill in with paint.
Paint your egg with a contrasting color. For my eggs I went with a persimmon, lime and cobalt. Allow the paint to dry and remove tape.
To help conceal any slight bleeds use a paint marker to created little dots, dashes, Xs or whatever you please along the perimeter.
On this egg you can see a slight bleed of the green but it is not quite as noticeable with the dots along the color’s edge. I could have taken more care to cover that bleed with a dot of white paint from my pen but I just got after it!
Using however many colors you please, these eggs are distinctly contemporary and look fabulous in a glass bowl on a shelf!