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Splatter Painting with Eggs

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Looking for a fun and easy project that won’t take up too much of your time? Why not enjoy some splatter painting? It’s simple to set up (though nominally time-consuming to get through the first few steps); it’s enjoyable enough that the kids will probably be arguing over who gets to do any “extra” eggs; and it’s the kind of outdoor, getting moving, something-completely-different project that makes kids stand up and take notice. As an added bonus, if you’ve used a canvas as your backdrop, then when you’re done, you’ll have a beautiful piece of artwork that the entire family contributed to. Ready?

Crack just a piece off of the top of each egg.
Crack just a piece off of the top of each egg. Emily L. Goodman

Crack just a piece off of the top of each egg.

Starting with at least a dozen will ensure that you have decent coverage of a reasonably sized canvas.  If you don’t want to have white showing through, you’re going to need a lot more eggs!  In order to crack just the tops, tap the top end of the egg lightly against the edge of a bowl.  Then, flip the broken shards out of the way until you have a big enough hole.

Empty the contents of the egg into a bowl.
Empty the contents of the egg into a bowl. Emily L. Goodman

Empty the contents of the egg into a bowl.

If you don’t want to waste them, plan on having scrambled eggs for lunch…or dinner…or both.  This is a good day for baking, too, right?  If you do plan to bake with them, you might want to go ahead and put just the number that you’ll need for a recipe into each bowl.  Or, plan ahead for this project, and save the eggshells as you use eggs for other cooking projects. 
It may take some shaking on your part to get the yolk out of the egg.  This isn’t a good project to try with eggs that you intend to separate the whites from the yolks, because you’re probably going to have yolk mush when you’re done.

Rinse out the eggs.
Rinse out the eggs. Emily L. Goodman

Rinse out the eggs.

You can also dry them, but it isn’t totally necessary.  Just make sure that you get rid of all of the “egg”, especially the yolk.

Fill them with paint.
Fill them with paint. Emily L. Goodman

Fill them with paint.

The more different colors you use, the busier your finished painting will be.  You can use any kind of paint:  solid colors, glitters, even glitter glue will work just fine.  If you’re using a large canvas, you’ll probably want at least two of each shade or color that you use.  Make sure that you have duplicates of any colors that you really want to see included, because the chance exists that you or the kids will miss the canvas!

Take the whole project outside.
Take the whole project outside. Emily L. Goodman

Take the whole project outside.

This is not an indoor art project!  In fact, if you're not already wearing grungy, I-don't-care-what-happens-to-these clothes, perhaps you should go put some on.  So should the kids.  You're about to be throwing paint, and kids aren't known for the accuracy of their aim.  

Take the paint-filled eggs and your canvas outside.  Lean the canvas up against a tree, or set it down flat on the ground—whatever works for you!

Ready...aim...fire!
Ready...aim...fire! Emily L. Goodman

Ready...aim...fire!

Let the kids take turns throwing eggs at the painting.  Make sure you get in on the fun!  With each toss of the egg, your picture will change all over again.  The end result will be something special!

Plastic eggs work, too!
Plastic eggs work, too! Emily L. Goodman

Plastic eggs work, too!

Have some leftover plastic eggs sitting around for Easter?  You can paint with them, too!  Just be aware that they’re also in danger of shattering, and make sure you pick up the pieces.  In order to get the best results with plastic eggs, pop the seam open ever so slightly just before throwing.  Plastic eggs are going to be a little bit messier than real eggs in the long run, especially if you want to wash them out and reuse them later.

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