My dad is a mechanical engineer, a college professor, a husband, a grandfather, and an absolutely amazing artist. Along with using different mediums such as watercolor and acrylic to paint on canvas and paper, he uses oil paint to created intricate scenes on a very unusual and extremely delicate surface--egg shells!
The painted egg display in our home is very high up on the mantle because of its extremely fragile nature. Not many people have seen such exquisite and extraordinary breakable art in person. It is a long and tedious undertaking to be able to paint on an eggshell. Before the process of creating the actual painting even begins, one has to prepare the eggs with extreme care and patience. When I was quite young, I remember my dad using a toothpick to make two very tiny holes in the egg itself. Somehow he would blow out the egg white and yolk. Often the egg would crack during this process and he would have to start all over again. On those particular mornings, my mom made omelets for everyone--whether we wanted to eat them or not! He would then carefully boil the empty shells and lay them out to dry on the window sill under the hot Texas sun. This preparation lasted quite a few days. Because he only had time to pursue his hobby on the weekends, it would sometimes take weeks just to get started on the paintings.
Painting and Decorating Eggs: 20 Charming Ideas for Creating Beautiful Displays by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell
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- Kaneeze, Hightstown Branch