With Easter just a matter of days away, now is the time to start crafting your decorations. Decorating eggs are a staple for me at this time of year, and if like me you love painting with watercolours, then these quick and easy DIY watercolour leaf eggs may be just what you’re after!
Yep, I’m still loving palm leaves, and although it’s not summer, with the sun starting to make an appearance, I’ve got those Spring/Summer feels and couldn’t resist painting leaves all over my Easter eggs. I found these eggs in my local craft shop, and I’m so impressed with how easily I was able to paint on to them. They’re matt in texture and feel almost paper like, though they claim to be plastic, so the watercolours worked pretty well. I was tempted to use a black fine liner to outline them and add some additional detail, but I ended up really liking the subtlety and slight blurriness of the leaves. These are so easy to make, and you really only need two shades of green to make them. Keep reading to find out what I used and how I painted the leaves...
First of all, paint a tall heart shape in a pale yellowy green watercolour paint with a notch in one side. Use lots of water and be tentative with the paint, build it up in some areas and not in others.
Once these is almost completely dry, add a darker and more emerald green, again being quite tentative and using enough water so that the paint runs within the confines of the shape we’ve already drawn. Build up this colour in some areas, leaving some areas yellow green.
Add a stem at the bottom of your leaf in the darker green and leave to completely dry. Once dry, repeat these steps all over your egg to cover it in monstera leaves. Change up the position of the leaf and the position or number of notches in the leaf.
Once all of these are dry, paint spikey tropical palm leaves in the gaps in between. First, use the yellow green to draw a thick slightly bent line (the stem). From this, paint lines diagonally coming away from it. Before this is completely dry, add the darker green down the stem and at the base of the other lines. Once dry, repeat all over your egg.