Color Inspiration

Easter Ideas

March 30, 2012

Hello friends, this is Leslie here and for my column this month on decor8 I am using a springtime palette of peaches, pinks, and yellows combined with a soft, putty neutral to inspire you for Easter. After a long, dark winter here on Vancouver Island, I am excited to see all the buds and blossoms on the trees. The soft pink cherry blossoms are incredible and the daffodils, forsythia and hellebores are blooming in the yard.

Easter Ideas

The sweet colors of spring are here, I hope you enjoy these ideas that I’ve pulled together to inspire you for Easter or springtime in general.

Easter Ideas

I have been seeing so many pretty ways to decorate eggs lately. From simple dips in vegetable dyes to using rub on tattoos as décor motifs. I decided to go for a more painterly approach. I did the typical poking of the eggshell on each side, as well as poking the yoke to break it and then blowing out the inside into a bowl (lots of scrambled eggs the other morning). I used Martha Stewart acrylic craft paints from Michael’s to dab on my various floral and confetti patterns. It was so much fun to decorate them!

Easter Ideas

I then hung them on a cherry blossom branch for a festive display.

Easter Ideas

I decided to take some of my ribbons out of their usual storage bin and hang them from pretty blue hatpins on my tack-board. I love looking at all the thin strips of color and it got me thinking about what else I can use them for…

Easter Ideas

Like tying different ones simply around napkins when entertaining…

Easter Ideas

Or bundling a few small bottles together to make a sweet floral arrangement. Sometimes just looking at my craft and art supplies gets me inspired. When they are all tucked away too neatly I forget they are there!

Easter Ideas

I also wanted to share with you some art supplies I have been experimenting with called PanPastels. I know they have been available for a while but I just started using them and love the effect you can get. They are similar to typical pastels but less messy and easier to control. You can apply them with various sponge like applicators and they layer really well. The hardest thing is choosing the colors, as there are so many. I am partial to the “tint” tones right now and I can see myself using them for sketching and collage.

Easter Ideas

Easter Ideas

Easter Ideas

I hope you got some ideas today and thank you for having me here Holly! I will see you all next month. – Take care, Leslie.

(photography: leslie shewring)

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  • Reply Jem March 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Leslie these are lovely ways of using floral tones without being too obvious, the decorated eggs look perfect hanging from the blossom branches. I think those Pan Pastels will make a brilliant present for a very arty friend of mine too,

    Jem xXx

  • Reply eni March 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm it.

  • Reply tasselflower (Mervi) March 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    These are really pretty! Thanks for sharing the ideas. I especially like the eggs.

  • Reply Laura Gaskill March 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Okay, you’ve really outdone yourself this time, Leslie! Those hand-painted eggs are drop-dead gorgeous. Really, just WOW. And the floral arrangements are so, so pretty, and now I really want to try the pan pastels (I used to love working with pastels, but yes, so messy!).

    After living in the Northeast for four winters now, I really have spring fever for the first time. Tons of energy, and so excited for all of the spring projects I have lined up. Yay spring!! xoxo Laura

  • Reply belinda March 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Leslie – your creativity is so inspiring! I’m always blown away… Those handpainted eggs are divine! x

  • Reply Tine March 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    So inspiring, thankt you!

  • Reply Art and Chic March 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Lovely ideas and floral tones.
    So romantic, soft and beauty!

  • Reply Jennie March 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    This Color Me Pretty is GORGEOUS! Perfect for spring and inspiring in more ways I can count. Thank you, Leslie! And I’m definitely trying those Easter eggs. =)

  • Reply Clémentine March 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Can’t wait for next month to see some new beautiful ideas like these. Thanks!

  • Reply H* March 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    love the easter eggs!

  • Reply Rona March 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful spring blog post by Leslie…

    I love the florals painted on the eggs and the flower arrangements which are always so gorgeously photographed!

    Rona x

  • Reply Tracey Fisher March 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I love how the eggs look and the ribbons hanging from hat pins. So beautiful. Congratulations on making it through a Canadian winter and all those grey days! I can’t wait to see your studio when you have finished it… hopefully you will be sharing!

  • Reply Monica Lee March 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for introducing us to Pan Pastels, I had never heard of them! Love the eggs too…it makes me want to scramble some of my own and then paint!

  • Reply caroline March 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    So pretty Leslie-love the floral arrangement in the jug and your delicate egg painting-thanks! Have a wonderful Easter to you and Holly! Caroline :-)

  • Reply Heather B March 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    So beautiful and inspiring as usual! Those pan pastels are very cool too! Thank you Leslie!!!

  • Reply Ashley {GirlyObsessions} March 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Gorgeous colors as usual! I love the way you decorated the eggs, simple and pretty! Makes me want to bust out my acrylics…which I don’t do often enough!! I am traveling for Easter this year so I haven’t really decorated, but this post has inspired me to reconsider!

  • Reply Ms. Fastspeed March 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful. I’m going outside right now to get yellow flowers from the garden to put in my pink vase. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply juliethealkalinesister March 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Awe….. positively lovely! Inspiration from a very clever cookie! thank you:)

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente March 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Oh my goodness…, seriously wish you lived in my
    Pocket sometimes! Not much fun for you, but SO inspiring
    For me! :) this is just gorgeous hunnie! And that big arrangement in the white
    Pitcher!? Heavenly…. Love that gorgeous pitcher too.

  • Reply Lisa March 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    The painted eggs are gorgeous! I love the soft warm colors and confetti floral patterns…

  • Reply Audrey - This Little Street March 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    These eggs are to die for, Leslie! Gorgeous post!

  • Reply Brenda Weaver March 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    goodness! Those eggs are beautiful! I’m planning on helping the kids paint some eggs this weekend and now I think I’ll definitely be digging out my craft paints! So pretty and such an inspiring post!

  • Reply Jenni (nonstopmama) March 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Absolutely LOVE these ideas – especially all the beautiful pastels – the painted eggs are beautiful! Enjoy all your lovely Easter preparations!!! :)

  • Reply Jess (Where My Heart Is) March 31, 2012 at 12:43 am

    As usual Leslie has outdone herself. What gorgeous hand painted eggs. I love the colour palette.

  • Reply Patti Trostle March 31, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Everything is beautiful! Love the flowers!

  • Reply Michele S March 31, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Delighted to see another post from you, Leslie. I ALWAYS look forward to see what you have to show us. It’s always inspiring! Forsythia reminds me of spring (and of my late mother–she always brought cuttings in from her yard in early spring. Nice memory for me.)

  • Reply Traveling Mama March 31, 2012 at 8:57 am

    wow, Leslie. Wow! This is one of my all time favorites!

  • Reply tinajo March 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Looks so gorgeous, the eggs are amazing and lovely colors! :-)

  • Reply Gloriavp March 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Thanks dear to show us this palette….it’s lovely and cute… I will work on that….



  • Reply Jane March 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Oh swooning in faraway Hobart, Australia, Leslie! The pastel eggshells are divine and I adore your use of ribbon – one of my secret indulgences ?. J x

  • Reply suzanne March 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Beautiful, I feel fresh and alive viewing these images!

  • Reply Ana Sofia Santos March 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Dear Leslie,
    it is always a delight to read/see your Color Me Pretty column.
    I just love, love, love your egg paintings. They are so adorable. They’re by far the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I wanted to do some egg decoration with my son, for the first time, and this is such an inspiration!
    As usual, lovely flower arrangements for a blossoming and warm Spring!
    Thank you for keeping inspiring us throughout the Year!
    Happy Easter!!!

    (Miss Candee)

  • Reply Marisa G March 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Is it wrong to want to be Leslie when I grow up?! What a lovely and inspirational set of objects, pictures and post. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  • Reply Amy March 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Swoon! I am so inspired by the colors, images, and beautiful painted eggs of this post. Well done, Leslie! This is one of my favorite of your posts yet!

  • Reply Mary Jo March 31, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Leslie, I don’t know how you come up with such fresh and original ideas month after month like you do. You are fantastic!
    Mary Jo over at stillblog

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen March 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Leslie – I SO love the painted eggs – and lucky me, I have some old eggs my mom and I blew out years ago but didn’t decorate – and I want to try my hand at your painterly ideas!!! Of course I won’t come close to your creativity but you’ve sparked some ideas….I have an old eggs we painted that almost the same with some flowers – some new ones in the same tone will give it some company! Just beautiful ideas – thanks so much!

  • Reply Casa e Cose March 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Those colors are so lovely and very trendy more over right now: nudes, peaches, pinks…all over the place at least in my world which is fashion. I would love to have tonse of those panpastels – looks so much fun! I did not know about them.

  • Reply Marigold March 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I love those ribbons!!! Some things are way too pretty to be kept in a box. These photos are so light and inspiring. Thanks Leslie.

  • Reply Ivy April 1, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Leslie, you always have the most beautiful color posts.
    I think this year… I’m going to do eggs like yours.

    Can’t wait to see you again.
    Cheers and Love~Ivy

  • Reply Julia April 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Wonderful pictures!

  • Reply Margarita Lorenzo April 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

    beautiful combination of colours and photos.

  • Reply Tina Ramchandani April 2, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I’ve always wished I celebrated Christmas but never Easter! Your egg-tree display makes me want to celebrate Easter! Wonderful idea.

  • Reply Cindy April 2, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I love the Easter eggs. Might have to try painting them instead of dipping them in dye this year. (Either way, I still won’t look forward to all the scrambled eggs.)

  • Reply Caitlin April 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Beautiful! Love the paper inspiration board on the white brick wall!

  • Reply Maia April 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Wonderful eggs! Love the watercolor look.

  • Reply fenny setiawan April 3, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I am spoiled by so many inspiring and speechless images for Easter mood. Leslie, you rocks! I love this color me pretty Easter episode so much….

  • Reply Eli April 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Sooooo inspiring!!!! Lovely ideas! Eli.

  • Reply Micala April 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Swoooooooooooooooooooon. This is a drop dead gorgeous post and I love love love the eggs. Thank you so much for the amazing inspiration.

  • Reply elisa April 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    those pastels are exquisite, and what you do with them! i love the delicate florals everywhere. x

  • Reply Tyah Haro April 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Oh.My.GOSH!!! I am seriously in LOVE with your Easter decorations! Found your blog from Miss Dixie’s post today! And, your artwork looks like it came out of a magazine! Newest follower!

  • Reply Sasya April 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    thanks for inspiration, just colored some eggs :)))

  • Reply theaxx April 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    you’re a visionary!

    plain & simple :)



  • Reply dawn April 5, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I’m in awe of your pretty spring/ Easter ideas, they are so lovely. Those eggs are my favorite, can’t wait to do this!! I found your blog thru Julie Balzar blog. This made my day!!

  • Reply Amalia April 6, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Thank you for the post! It is beautiful and just in time to inspire me with little touches when putting together the table for our family celebration. I just love the spring!

  • Reply Susan Graham April 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Leslie, your creations are so achingly lovely and sweet. Thank you for sharing your gift with us!

  • Reply Chrystina April 11, 2012 at 5:20 am

    It amazes me how all of the warm colors of the color palete can be toned down to be so spring-like and whimsical.

  • Reply Create.Live.Dream April 5, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I am writing an article about easter egg painting and dying. Would you mind if I used one of your photos for my article?

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