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Otomi-Print Easter Eggs

otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-4otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-6otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-9otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-10Now, I understand that some of you fools might be over Otomi print, but I am certainly not. A pair of beautifully embroidered Otomi pillows sit proudly on the wingback chairs in my living room, and because of their close proximity to my line of sight when I sit on the couch at night and dream up ideas for this ol’ blog, I’m always wanting to Otomi-print everything. A cake? Yeah, sounds delicious. My hair? Would that I could. Some festive Easter eggs? Sounds right up my alley.

One thing I especially love about this particular Easter egg decoration method is that it doesn’t require any dying. I don’t know why, but as I get older, I’m less and less interested in dying eggs and more interested in using easily wielded tools like markers and gold leaf to achieve the designs of my dreams. And while this project is not super time intensive, I did choose to use blown eggs for my little Otomi beauties so I could pack them away after this Sunday and break them out to enjoy next year as well.

otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-1For this project, you’ll need the following:
• blown eggs
• markers (I used these)
• pencil and eraser

1. Once you’ve cleaned, blown out and dried your eggs, sketch the Otomi print of your choice onto your egg using a pencil. Here’s a good example of what you can base your sketches on. Then, use an eraser to lightly erase the pencil lines so you can just barely see the outline.

2. Grab some markers and start filling in your shapes! Use scribbly stripes (that’s a technical term) to shade each image, roughly mimicking the texture of embroidery. Once you’ve colored in your whole egg, let the ink dry completely so it doesn’t smudge and then proudly display your beautiful Otomi-print eggs.