Of course this years easter crafts wouldn’t be complete without Mandala Easter Eggs! So here is the tutorial for you! 🙂
You will find a speed-painting video demo of the mandala easter eggs at the end of this entry.
a blown out egg
bamboo skewers (available here*)
paint – acrylic paint (available here*) or tempera paint (available here*)
brushes – a big, soft flat brush (available here*) and a fine brush (available here*)
Read last week’s entry to get all the basic infos on painting easter eggs: >> How to paint Easter Eggs – Tips and Tricks
Mandala patterns work best if you paint them on a darker base. Put the egg on a bamboo skewer (available here*) and start applying black paint.
You can use acrylic paint (available here*) thinned out with a little water.
Use a big, soft flat brush (available here*) and apply the paint with gentle downward strokes. If the bristles of the brush are too sturdy, the paint can get streaky. Let the paint dry completely before you continue on.
Once the base color has dried, you can draw a simple grid on the egg. The grid will help you later to center your pattern and keep it from getting wonky.
If you need help with the grid or want to know what tools you can use to get straight lines, check out this entry: >> How to paint Easter Eggs – Tips and Tricks
How to paint Mandala Easter Eggs
Acrylic paint (available here*) works really well for mandala easter eggs. But you can use whatever you have handy.
For this type of mandala easter eggs, you need a color gradient. I used a dark blue and lightened it with white to get 4 different shades of blue.
Tip: Mix your paint with a little water if it is too thick.
For dotted mandala easter eggs like this, it is best to use a very fine, acrylic brush. (available here*) The tip should be pointed, even if the brush is dry.
Start with a bigger, white dot in the middle of the egg. The grid should help you to find the center.
Start the first row of your mandala with very small, white dots. It is important to space them out evenly and paint them all in the same size.
It is easiest if you start with 4 dots (top, bottom and sides).
Now paint two dots in each gap.
You should now have a row with 12 even spaced dots.
Start the next row with your lightest shade of blue. The dots should be a little bit bigger. Paint the dots between the dots of the previous row.
It is important to leave a small gap between the dots!
Use a darker shade of blue for each row. The dots and the gaps should get a little big bigger in each row.
To enhance the color gradient, you can paint smaller dots an top of each dot. Use the shade of the previous row for that.
Find your thinnest brush and paint very small, white dots in all the gaps. (Leave out the first row with the white dots.)
The white dots should get bigger with each row.
If you want, you can decorate the edge of the mandala a little. I chose a pattern of white dots in different sizes.
And you are done with your mandala! Let it dry completely and repeat the pattern on the other side of the egg.
If you want, you can fill the gap between both mandalas with even more dots. Paint a line of bigger dots in your darkest shade. You don’t need to leave a gap this time.
Paint a dot in a lighter shade on top of each dot.
Some white dots complete the pattern and you are DONE! 🙂
Experiment with different color gradients for cool mandala easter eggs. You can apply a layer of clear acrylic spray paint (*available here) if you want.
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