The Easter season is one of the best times to get into craft-making. There are so many great ideas out there for decorating your homes and really getting into the spirit of the event. This season has so many connotations which lend itself to art. From its Christian beginnings, to its placement amongst the Spring time of year, there is such a lot to celebrate in Easter, and crafts are a brilliant way of doing this.
When getting started with your crafts, there are little more iconic images than that of the egg. Some have suggested that the traditional image of an Easter egg is representative of new life, as the celebration takes place during springtime, whilst others believe it symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus when he was resurrected. Many have now forgotten this original meaning, accepting the commercialisation of the holiday, but Christians see the image of the Easter egg as a sacred reminder of Jesus’ power and love for us. Of course now the term Easter eggs is used mainly to refer to chocolate eggs, but originally it simply meant a chicken’s egg that had been decorated for the season. This is a traditional craft that everyone can enjoy.
Some ways of decorating Easter eggs are by painting or dyeing them, but first the eggs should be hard-boiled so as to prevent them from cracking during the painting process as this would cause a huge mess. Once hard boiled you can place them in an egg cup to keep them still and then, if you are trying to paint a pattern, you should be very delicate, since the egg will easily move and roll about, and it is such a small canvas to work on.
In Catholicism, Easter eggs are traditionally dyed red, as this symbolises the blood of Jesus Christ as he was crucified on the cross. When the egg is cracked, it then represents the resurrection of Jesus, as it is like the opening of his tomb. These days, people tend to use a much wider variety of colours and styles to decorate eggs, and some artists such as Mariusz Dubiel and Barak Hardley centre whole art collections on the tradition.
When decorating your eggs, one creative idea is to use blackboard paint and to then add extra details with chalk, which can be erased and changed at will. You could also use non-permanent tattoo transfers or various patterned tapes to add a little more detail without taking too much time. Also, if you can’t decide on a design, faces often make a good subject for an egg painting as the shape and colour of eggs is quite representative of a head. In Barak Hardley’s egg designs, he creates the faces of celebrities in Easter egg form. You can also use glitter and stickers, and try to be as creative with materials as possible, because experimenting with different techniques and using them in new and exciting ways is really a fundamental of arts and crafts.
Painting Easter eggs is a great family activity and is really nice to do on an Easter bank holiday to get into the spirit of the spring season. It also gives the opportunity to think a bit more about the Christian origins of Easter, which is refreshing after the constant focus on the modern consumerism we have today.
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