The Cool Girl’s Guide to Decorating Easter Eggs
From the abstract expressionists to the contemporary visionaries, discover the artists we're channeling this year.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:45 AM
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When it comes to decorating Easter eggs, you have your standard slew of playful designs where the artistic direction is usually led by the little ones. This year, we’re taking decorative charge by looking outside the standard scope of coloring ideas with vibrant prints and intricate patterns inspired by none other than a few of our favorite artists. Utilizing an array of mixed media, colors, and decorative styles, take a peek at the new ways we’ll be decorating our eggs this year.
Yayoi Kusama‘s iconic polka dot motif has transformed contemporary art, and it’s one aesthetic we can’t wait to duplicate at the Easter table. Take to the eggs with a colorful assortment of stickers, a primary color scheme is encouraged, layering the colors to recreate the look.
Our ode to painter Wayne Thiebaud comes in the form of a visually sweet treat. Vibrantly-dyed eggs come paired with mini pom poms, set within equally tiny cupcake liners. Create a colorful assortment of these eggs and set atop each plate, or cluster together for a sweet centerpiece.
Yves Klein‘s signature blue is a welcome change to the typical Easter palette. It exudes a sense of minimalism, when paired with a stark white backdrop, yet manages to set an accent-worthy effect with its defined blue. Recreate the look using a bright blue powder dust. Cover the entirety of the egg or opt for a pop of color by layering on a few brushstrokes.
We’re all for bringing Rothko’s abstract aesthetic to the table. Begin by coloring the eggs using a standard egg dyeing kit. Stick to a vibrant red or yellow for the base color. Use an edible paste to replicate Rothko’s signature strokes.
Henri Matisse‘s cut-outs make for the ideal crafts for the little ones. Recreate this vibrant decoupage by cutting up an assortment of colorful tissue paper in the classic shapes. Glue the cut-outs onto the hardboiled eggs and you’re all set!
We’re channeling Donald Judd‘s structured nod towards minimalism with this contemporary DIY. Dye the eggs in a bright hue and set each one within a sake cup – a similarly shaped box will do as well. Place each egg and sake cup combo atop a plate to double as a place setting!
James Turrell is known for his works that depict light and the perception of space, a thematic challenge we were all too happy to replicate within our slew of egg decorating ideas. The trick? It’s all about the ombre! We created a set of dyes in four color variations ranging from yellow, yellow-orange, orange, and red. Begin by dyeing the entire egg in the yellow cup, to designate the base. Pat the egg to dry before inserting it within the next color cup. Insert 3/4 of the egg into the yellow-orange to establish the slightly darker shade. Repeat the steps with the darker colors, inserting a slightly smaller portion of the egg with each remaining cup.
If you’re not quite ready to give up on the pastels, these Agnes Martin-inspired eggs are just the thing. Color the eggs using traditional dye, using only a few drops to attain the subtle pastel shade. Set aside to dry. Use painter’s tape to section off the vertical or horizontal stripes on the egg. We used a water-soluble powder to paint on the softly contrasting stripes.
While a Jackson Pollock-inspired egg decor may not be edible, it will definitely make for a wow-worthy centerpiece and a fun DIY with the little ones! Cover a cutting board with parchment paper and space out a handful of hard-boiled eggs on top. Select a specific color palette and splatter on the paint to recreate this playful look!