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.
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.