Children love making seasonal art, and when it comes to Easter the opportunities for creativity are endless. Why? Because so much can be done with the simplest of shapes – the egg.
In fact, we’ve put together a two part mini-series to demonstrate just how accessible egg-based art truly is. Both of these projects are fun, simple, and enticing to kids of all ages as they use common materials in new ways.
Today we’re starting with a makeshift stamp project. All you need for this activity is:
- a few stamp pads in the colors of your choice
- a few fresh pencils
- paper/stretched canvas
- white vinyl letter sticker (optional)
We made our masterpiece on a piece of stretched canvas (the local craft store was having a sale) but plain white paper will work too. To begin, you’ll need to draw an egg onto a piece of cardstock. If you’re comfortable free-handing it then by all means, knock yourself out. Otherwise, enter the term “egg shape” into Google images and find a picture of an egg.
Print the egg onto cardstock and cut it out. (Don’t worry about cutting from the bottom to get to the egg shape.) Finally, tape the slit at the bottom of the cardstock closed.
All that’s left now is to start stamping. Take your fresh pencil eraser, dip it heavily into an ink pad, and stamp onto your egg. The only secret here is to make sure you stamp over the edge, where the cardstock and paper meet, often. This will ensure a hard edge on your finished egg.
I’m a sucker for rainbows so I decided to layer on several rows of color with my pencil stamp.
Once the entire egg is full, remove the cardstock and reveal your results.
To personalize your egg, you can also add a white vinyl letter sticker. We made an S egg for my daughter. The C egg for my son was project #2 and to be revealed next time…
Photo Credits: Stephanie Morgan