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Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

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.

Color Me Pretty: 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.

Color Me Pretty: 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!

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

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

Color Me Pretty: 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…

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

Like tying different ones simply around napkins when entertaining…

Color Me Pretty: 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!

Color Me Pretty: 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.

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

Color Me Pretty: 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)

Posted by decor8 in Color Me Pretty on March 30, 2012

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  1. Jem commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 12:26pm

    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
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  2. eni commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 12:33pm it.
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  3. tasselflower (Mervi) commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 12:50pm

    These are really pretty! Thanks for sharing the ideas. I especially like the eggs.
    tasselflower (Mervi)´s last blog post ..Wednesday Pop 54

  4. Laura Gaskill commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 1:02pm

    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
    Laura Gaskill´s last blog post ..Bixby’s Monthly Photo :: Twenty-One Months Old

  5. belinda commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 1:29pm

    Leslie – your creativity is so inspiring! I’m always blown away… Those handpainted eggs are divine! x
    belinda´s last blog post ..introducing: love jk

  6. Tine commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 1:48pm

    So inspiring, thankt you!
    Tine´s last blog post ..ONLINESHOPS: SHOP REBELLE

  7. Art and Chic commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 1:56pm

    Lovely ideas and floral tones.
    So romantic, soft and beauty!
    Art and Chic´s last blog post ..Inspirational Cards • Картички за вдъхновение!

  8. Jennie commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 1:58pm

    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. =)
    Jennie´s last blog post ..THREE PINS

  9. Clémentine commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 2:10pm

    Can’t wait for next month to see some new beautiful ideas like these. Thanks!
    Clémentine´s last blog post ..The old chinese box

  10. H* commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 2:20pm

    love the easter eggs!
    H*´s last blog post ..Viernessssssssssssssssss

  11. Rona commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 2:24pm

    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
    Rona´s last blog post ..Time for a treat with Cath Kidston – 15% off until 8am tomorrow

  12. Tracey Fisher commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 2:30pm

    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!

  13. Monica Lee commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 2:51pm

    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!
    Monica Lee´s last blog post ..Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart

  14. caroline commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 3:32pm

    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 :-)
    caroline´s last blog post ..Fired Earth-Launch!

  15. Heather B commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 3:40pm

    So beautiful and inspiring as usual! Those pan pastels are very cool too! Thank you Leslie!!!
    Heather B´s last blog post ..My "kate spade" Photo Shoot

  16. Ashley {GirlyObsessions} commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 3:41pm

    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!
    Ashley {GirlyObsessions}´s last blog post ..Hottie Madness Finals! Ryan Gosling vs. Leonardo DiCaprio.

  17. Ms. Fastspeed commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 5:06pm

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

  18. juliethealkalinesister commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 6:42pm

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

  19. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 6:45pm

    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.

  20. Lisa commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 8:07pm

    The painted eggs are gorgeous! I love the soft warm colors and confetti floral patterns…
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Orchids in Imari Fishbowl

  21. Audrey - This Little Street commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 8:12pm

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

  22. Brenda Weaver commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 9:21pm

    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!

  23. Jenni (nonstopmama) commented
    March 30th, 2012 at 9:52pm

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

  24. Jess (Where My Heart Is) commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 12:43am

    As usual Leslie has outdone herself. What gorgeous hand painted eggs. I love the colour palette.
    Jess (Where My Heart Is)´s last blog post ..I Heart Friday & Moroccan Harira Soup

  25. Patti Trostle commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 3:27am

    Everything is beautiful! Love the flowers!

  26. Michele S commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 7:56am

    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.)

  27. Traveling Mama commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 8:57am

    wow, Leslie. Wow! This is one of my all time favorites!
    Traveling Mama´s last blog post ..paper {diy}

  28. tinajo commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 9:45am

    Looks so gorgeous, the eggs are amazing and lovely colors! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..Favourite Facebook pics of March!

  29. Gloriavp commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 9:48am

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



  30. Jane commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 11:41am

    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
    Jane´s last blog post ..Psst! I’m guest-posting at Crash Test Mummy today

  31. suzanne commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 1:36pm

    Beautiful, I feel fresh and alive viewing these images!

  32. Ana Sofia Santos commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 2:12pm

    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)

  33. Marisa G commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 6:15pm

    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.
    Marisa G´s last blog post ..Project Life Week 4 and Week 5

  34. Amy commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 6:21pm

    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!
    Amy´s last blog post ..Duces, Seattle

  35. Mary Jo commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 6:39pm

    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
    Mary Jo´s last blog post ..cattails in late march

  36. Kristin Johnsen commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 7:20pm

    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!
    Kristin Johnsen´s last blog post ..A new adventure in medicine – a second time to glow

  37. Casa e Cose commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 8:24pm

    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.

  38. Marigold commented
    March 31st, 2012 at 11:12pm

    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.

  39. Ivy commented
    April 1st, 2012 at 6:14am

    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
    Ivy´s last blog post ..Coralville Photographer: Spring Blooms 2

  40. Julia commented
    April 1st, 2012 at 4:28pm

    Wonderful pictures!
    Julia´s last blog post ..Kakfat till ett barnrum

  41. Margarita Lorenzo commented
    April 2nd, 2012 at 12:40am

    beautiful combination of colours and photos.
    Margarita Lorenzo´s last blog post ..Loving and living with cactus

  42. Tina Ramchandani commented
    April 2nd, 2012 at 1:21am

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

  43. Cindy commented
    April 2nd, 2012 at 5:49am

    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.)

  44. Caitlin commented
    April 2nd, 2012 at 7:18pm

    Beautiful! Love the paper inspiration board on the white brick wall!
    Caitlin´s last blog post ..March

  45. Maia commented
    April 2nd, 2012 at 11:59pm

    Wonderful eggs! Love the watercolor look.

  46. fenny setiawan commented
    April 3rd, 2012 at 3:16am

    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….

  47. Eli commented
    April 3rd, 2012 at 7:46am

    Sooooo inspiring!!!! Lovely ideas! Eli.

  48. Micala commented
    April 3rd, 2012 at 10:11am

    Swoooooooooooooooooooon. This is a drop dead gorgeous post and I love love love the eggs. Thank you so much for the amazing inspiration.
    Micala´s last blog post ..Oooh la la!

  49. elisa commented
    April 3rd, 2012 at 12:05pm

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

  50. Tyah Haro commented
    April 3rd, 2012 at 4:11pm

    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!

  51. Sasya commented
    April 3rd, 2012 at 4:39pm

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

  52. theaxx commented
    April 4th, 2012 at 5:11pm

    you’re a visionary!

    plain & simple :)



  53. dawn commented
    April 5th, 2012 at 1:57am

    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!!

  54. Amalia commented
    April 6th, 2012 at 6:07am

    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!
    Amalia´s last blog post ..Happy Passover

  55. Susan Graham commented
    April 8th, 2012 at 4:13pm

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

  56. Chrystina commented
    April 11th, 2012 at 5:20am

    It amazes me how all of the warm colors of the color palete can be toned down to be so spring-like and whimsical.
    Chrystina´s last blog post ..easter “egg” hunts

  57. Create.Live.Dream commented
    April 5th, 2014 at 12:37am

    I am writing an article about easter egg painting and dying. Would you mind if I used one of your photos for my article?
    Create.Live.Dream´s last blog post ..Tonight I’m Dreaming of Arizona

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