How to Make Marbled Galaxy Eggs

Go alternative this Easter by making these stunning marbled eggs surrounding the theme of space. It’s so easy to create convincing starscapes and nebulae with the help of a few tools and techniques. Have a look at the techniques below to see how to create each different effect.

You Will NeedCraft Essentials

A toothbrush or small stiff brush for flicking paint

Wooden skewer

A recyclable, waterproof container or margarine tub

Paper towel

A small sponge

String

Water

Galaxy Egg 1: Marbled

1. Give your egg 2 coats of black acrylic paint as a base and let it dry.

2. Cover your table with paper towels or newspaper to protect it then fill the plastic container three-quarters full with water at room temperature, (if the water is too cold or too hot, the paints will sink or thicken too quickly).

3. Drip a few small drops of both the Vitrail and Ceramic paints of your choice over the water surface.

4. Lightly swirl the water with the wooden skewer to combine the colors a little for effect. Take care not to over-mix.

5. Working quickly, dip an egg into the water, starting at one end of the container turning it around to the other end until it’s covered all over with the glossy marble colour.

6. Hang your painted eggs up to dry overnight. When dry exchange the string for ribbons to finish off your marbled egg collection. 

Galaxy Egg 2: Nebula

1. Paint your egg with a couple of coats of black acrylic paint and leave to dry

2. Using a small flat brush, sweep acrylic colour in turquoise (I used Pebeo Dyna Iridescent Turquoise) randomly across the surface of the egg leaving much of the black showing. Leave to dry.

3. Sponge other colours of acrylic paint across the egg separately in purple, dark blue and pink, one after the other. Leave to dry.

4. Use Gold acrylic sparingly on the sponge and sponge a random texture across the surface. Leave to dry.

5. Mix up a 50:50 mix of white acrylic with water in a cup so it is thinned down enough for spattering with a brush. Flick small spatters of white paint with a stiff brush across the egg to represent stars.

6. Finish off applying small random dots of gold here and there to enhance the galaxy like effect.

Galaxy Egg 3: Foiled Stars

1. Paint your egg with a couple of coats of black acrylic paint and leave to dry

2. Mix up a 50:50 mix of turquoise acrylic paint (I used Pebeo Turquoise Dyna Iridescent) with water in a cup so it is thinned down enough for spattering with a toothbrush. Flick small spatters of turquoise paint with a toothbrush across the egg to represent the galaxy. Gently sponge off any excess paint. Leave to dry.

3. Repeat the above flicking technique this time using using pink acrylic watered down. Leave to dry.

4. Apply small random dots and blobs of Mixtion Gilding Paste to represent stars. Leave to dry (less than an hour) until the glue goes from white to transparent and feels tacky.

5. Apply the silver Mirror Foil over the gilding paste – push down with your fingers so it adheres to the glue and then pull away (remember to use it mirror side/silver facing up).

6. Finish off applying silver paint sparingly on a sponge here and there to enhance the galaxy like effect.

Galaxy Egg 4: Vortex

1. Paint your egg with a couple of coats of black acrylic paint and leave to dry.

2. Paint a small circle of gold in the middle of your egg, increase the size to create a vortex like swirl effect with strokes of your brush spiraling outwards.

3. Repeat over the top with silver, allowing some of the gold to show through.

4. Dab spots of white acrylic paint here and there within the spiral to exaggerate the vortex effect. With a small brush paint a few random tiny dots in white and gold to represent stars over the rest of the egg.

5. To give the appearance of a larger star elsewhere, paint a fine ‘X’ shape in gold acrylic dabbing a further spot of gold in the centre. When dry add a smaller dot of white acrylic inside the gold in the centre of the ‘X’ using a small brush, to give the appearance of a bright flickering star.

6. Mix up a 50:50 mix of white acrylic paint with water in a cup so it is thinned down enough for spattering. Flick small spatters of white paint with a toothbrush across the egg to represent far away stars in the galaxy. Leave to dry.

7. Repeat the above flicking technique this time using using pink acrylic paint watered down. Leave to dry

8. Apply small random dots and blobs of Mixtion Gilding Paste to represent more stars. Leave to dry (less than an hour) until the glue goes from white to transparent and feels tacky.

9. Apply the silver Mirror Foil over the gilding paste – push down with your fingers so it adheres to the glue and then pull away (remember to use it mirror side/silver facing up).

Galaxy Egg 5: Silver Leaf

1. Paint your egg with a couple of coats of black acrylic paint and leave to dry

2. Paint your egg with a coat of Pebeo gilding paste (liquid mixtion). This will appear white and milky when it is first painted on but as it dries it will go clear and tacky. Leave to dry approx. 20 minutes

3. Apply small torn off pieces of the silver leaf randomly over the dry but ‘tacky to touch’ gilding paste leaving small areas of the black acrylic showing through for effect. Push down the leaf with your fingers so it adheres and then brush the whole egg gently with a small stiff paint brush, (this will incorporate any loose silver leaf particles onto the egg and help smooth them down).

4. Mix up a 50:50 mix of black acrylic paint with water in a cup so it is thinned down enough for spattering. Flick small spatters of black paint with a toothbrush across the egg to represent the galaxy. Leave to dry.


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