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How to make egg paint….guest writer Ginny from Small Things

I have been doing some art with pastels lately, wearing them down to just stubs in the process.  It is time to invest in a new set from the art store.  Not one to waste my art supplies, I remembered seeing this post over at my friend Ginny’s blog.   In this post Ginny shares how to make a totally new art medium out of an old one. Recycling at it’s finest!  Just the kind of craft I was looking for to entertain the boys this weekend.

A bit about Ginny…
Ginny Sheller lives in Virginia with her husband, five children, and too many animals.  They fill their days working and playing in a very old house on a work in progress homestead.  Armed with her camera, Ginny documents their life and adventures on her blog Small Things.

Egg Paint…
Last week we set up our outdoor craft table and pulled together everything we needed to make egg paint.  This was the first time I have tried this.  I read several different sets of instructions, and ended up deciding not to get too fussy with the details.
The timing was perfect, because we are due for a new set of pastels.


Egg paint is a combination of ground chalk pastels, egg yolk, and water. So the supply list is short: pastels, eggs, water, something to grind the pastels in such as a bowl and smooth stone or a mortar and pestle, mini muffin tins or some other vessel to hold your paints, and of course paper and paintbrushes.


Step one is to start grinding your pastels.  Grind one color at a time, transfering the powder to the vessels you are using and cleaning your grinding tools between colors.
This is what your powder should look like.
Next, start separating eggs.  The amount you need will depend on how much paint you are making.  I think we used about eight eggs.
We beat each egg yolk individually, adding a teaspoon or two of water to each yolk to thin it a bit.  You could beat them all together, adding more water all at once, but my kids all wanted a turn, so we did one at a time.


You add some of the yolk water mixture to each cup of ground pastel, stirring it up to mix.  This is not an exact science (or at least it wasn’t for us).  We just filled each muffin tin about halfway, maybe a little less or a little more depending on how much chalk we were mixing it with.
My kids definitely enjoyed making this paint just as much as they did painting with it, if not more.
But they did have a good time painting.  They painted lots of scary morbid stuff.
Swamp Monster
Ladybug-okay, not morbid, but scary if your name is Larkspur.
Tornado complete with whirling bodies and fallen trees.  Notice that Seth rated this tornado an F2.
Gabriel painted a tornado as well.  Seth helped him by adding the rating (F5-my goodness!) and the wind speed (300 mph).  If you want to look it up, you’ll see that Seth was right that a tornado with 300 mph winds is rated an F5.  He knows a lot of crazy stuff like that.
We left this paint out all day and came back periodically to play with the colors.
Fun craft.  Good day.
Fun craft….good day…What more could we ask for Ginny?  Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

To learn more about Ginny and her family please visit her at her spaces….

Small Things
and her shop
4 Comments leave one →
  1. 05.7.2010 3:41 pm

    What a neat idea! I love how you use old pastels for the colors. We’re definitely going to give this one a try!

  2. 05.7.2010 6:53 pm

    Oooh! This looks like such fun! I had no idea that we could use our old pastels like this! We’ll have to try making egg paint soon with our kiddos!!
    Thanks for posting this.

  3. 05.10.2010 5:12 pm

    I have a lot of tiny bits of pastels. What a lovely idea!!

  4. 05.14.2010 6:58 am

    Thanks for sharing, I have lots of old pastels and 3 chickens so I am good to go with this!

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