Dot Painting on Wooden Eggs Tutorial

Dot Painting on Wooden Eggs Tutorial

Just imagine a basket full of these “country garden” dot painting on wooden eggs. Easy to do with fun results. Paint one or an entire basket full!

Same eggs with extra dots added after I though I was done. I actually like them both ways.

Over the years I have decorated MANY eggs. There has been everything from the straight up vinegar and food coloring eggs, to a VERY frustrating afternoon trying my hand at Ukrainian painted eggs. I tend to be rather optimistic when I endeavor to try new crafts. I had a very clear vision of how my Ukrainian eggs would turn out. Let’s just say there was a WIDE chasm between my vision and reality! I suppose you have to cry “Uncle” every now and again! I must say I was VERY happy with my first try at dot painting on wooden eggs. They aren’t perfect, but they don’t have to be. And they are quite addicting. I will definitely be making more!

Every spring I’m up for trying something new. This year I was inspired by this awesome rock Tim gave me 2 years ago. We keep it on a table in our family room and EVERYONE that walks past strokes it! The bumpy paint feels awesome! I just love it. I like disorganized gardens… no straight rows for me! So this rock really spoke to me… as Tim knew it would! So I used it to inspire me.

Materials Needed for Dot Painting Wooden Eggs

  • wooden eggs (Check out Casey’s Wood Products!)
  • wooden egg cups or something else to hold the eggs while painting
  • acrylic paints
  • paint brushes and other “dotting” tools (anything with a flat surface in the correct size)

I always keep a stash of Casey’s Wood Products wooden eggs and wooden egg cups on hand. I started by adding a bit of water to a kiwi green painting.

I lightly painted the egg. Because it was watered down, it almost dried immediately and I was ready to continue.

If you are making dot painted mandala’s, accuracy and symmetry are necessary. When making these “field of flowers” eggs, perfection is not necessary. As a friend would say, “It will look great to a man on a galloping horse.” In other words… don’t fret imperfections. They will look lovely even if they are not perfect. As a matter of fact, random IS the order of the day. To paint my eggs I used the flat back end of one of my small paint brushes. Dip the end in paint, then simply touch it to your egg. You should use enough paint so the paint is slightly mounded on the egg, but not enough that it drips. Practice on a piece of paper before you start on the egg.

Start by placing several flower centers on your egg. (My blue dots.) Then, using the same paint brush, add petals to the flowers. Each of my flowers had 6 – 7 petals. I did not worry if my petals overlapped on some of the flowers. They would overlap in the garden, right?

Keep adding dots to the egg. After adding flowers, I went back and added a darker green to fill in around the flowers, mimicking leaves… sort of! The egg cups are a perfect stand for working on your eggs. You can turn the egg cup without touching the wet paint. After painting all of the exposed area, allow the paint to dry before you do the bottom of the egg. If you are in a hurry, you can use a hairdryer to dry the paint faster. The thick, mounded paint takes a while to dry all the way through.

If you would like, you can go back in and add more detail. I’m thinking of adding some smaller, medium green dots to the background. Perhaps I will add small dots to the center of the flowers. Do whatever looks nice to you. Again, if in doubt… practice on a piece of paper. Her is my completed powder blue, teal and yellow egg!

Went back after and added more dots!

Here are the paints I used for my pastel egg…


Went back and added more dots!

And my polka dot egg.

And with more dots!

I do plan to make several more of these and place them in a small basket with raffia. Have fun!

Kimara

3 Comments

  1. When I have done dot painting with younger kids they got frustrated with the back of the paint brush for doing dots. Some of the kids got too much paint and had a hard time making their dots look rounded. I found Q-tiips work wonderfully for younger children to make dots. I think its the little give the q-tip has instead of hard wood on hard wood.
    I love your Easter eggs.

    1. Kimara
      Author

      Thank you so much for the comment and suggestion. I haven’t tried these with children yet, but I know a couple of my grandbabies will want to give this a go. I will definitely try the q-tips. It is especially hard because the eggs are round. The cotton tips will be more forgiving. Brilliant! ~Kimara~

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