Lisa Congdon-Inspired Doodle Eggs

We just wrapped up our 4-week Lisa Congdon Line Drawing class (if you haven’t taken it yet — and oh my gosh you should — it’s still very available right here) and the answer is no, we couldn’t resist doodling all over a batch of Easter eggs.

Here’s how you can achieve this super-cool, unique, and (let’s face it) impressive Easter look:


Step 1: Hard Boil Your Eggs


You guys. Did you know that you can hard boil your eggs in the OVEN?

Because you can. And here’s how:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place your eggs in a muffin tin.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Let cool.

No messy, boiling water. No waiting for the eggs to dry so you can dye them. No eggs cracking as they jostle around in the pot. We’re converts.

But for those of you who want to go old-school and boil your eggs in water:

  1. Put your eggs in a pan and cover them with water.
  2. Bring that mess to a boil.
  3. Let simmer for one minute.
  4. Let stand for 2-10 minutes (depending on the size of your batch).
  5. Put in an ice-water bath, then allow eggs to dry completely. We’re talking like, an hour. Runny ink is not the look we’re going for.

Step 2: Get Inspired

Maybe watch a session of Lisa’s class. Are you going to go with geometric shapes or scallops? Or maybe do some hand lettering? Poppies?

We like all these ideas.

blue egg

Step 3: Create Egg Art

Start adding your designs to the eggs. Try to allow the ink to dry completely before you touch it with your fingertips as you move around the egg. In fact, maybe have a couple of eggs going at once so you can let them dry between doodling sessions.

Add colorful embellishments when the mood strikes you. Or not! Plain black-on-egg is very avant garde.


triangle egg


egg face

all eggs2

Step 4: Easter Egg Hunt

Hide the eggs around your house and/or yard. Tell your family and friends that you basically have the coolest Easter bunny available.