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Pierced Creamware Easter Eggs

To get the lacy look of pierced creamware, simple sticker stencils are the secret to our homage. Ivory paint channels the original, and the hue pops on natural brown eggs or white ones dyed dove gray.

lace-painted easter eggs in an ivory dish

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2019

materials

  • Eggs

  • Powdered dye (Pictured: BestPysanky Traditional Powdered Dye, in Dove Gray, $1.50 each, bestpysanky.com.)

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Temporary tattoo or nail decal (Pictured: Tattoorary Delft Blue Temporary Tattoos, $3 each, tattoorary.com. Tattoorary Delft Blue Nail Decals, $4 for 12, tattoorary.com.)

  • Self-adhesive stencil (Pictured: Martha Stewart Fair Isle Dots Adhesive Stencils, $9.50, michaels.com.)

  • White craft paint (Pictured: Martha Stewart Family Friendly Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint​, in Snowball, $9.50 for 8 oz., michaels.com.)

  • Small foam dabber

  • Paper towels

steps

  1. Wipe room-temperature hard-cooked or blown-out white eggs with distilled white vinegar; dry thoroughly. Dye gray following egg-dye manufacturer's instructions. Remove from dye bath; gently dab with a paper towel and let dry completely. Combine with undyed hard-cooked or blown-out brown eggs in various natural shades.

  2. Place a self-adhesive stencil onto an egg, carefully pressing it onto shell to ensure there are no gaps. Dip a small foam dabber into white craft paint, making sure not to oversaturate (so extra paint won't leak). Push tip of dabber over stencil cutouts. Remove stencil immediately, before paint dries. Rinse stencil while paint is still wet.

  3. Let pattern stenciled onto egg dry, then repeat until motif is to your liking. Repeat with more stencils and eggs.

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