TBH, we’re unabashedly loyal to Brit + Co’s home base, San Francisco (heck, can you blame us?). So we thought we’d celebrate one of our favorite SF landmarks in a fave DIY medium — Easter eggs! This tutorial will teach you how to draw a classic San Francisco victorian house; specifically, the Painted Ladies found at Alamo Square. It may look daunting, but we promise that these babies are a breeze to DIY. Just take your time and follow the instructions below!
– boiled eggs (learn how to make the perfect boiled egg here)
– waterproof pen
– pencil (optional)
– generic egg dye kit
– paint brush
– painter’s tape
– egg drying rack or carton
1. Carefully draw the outline of the house — a tall rectangle with a triangle on top.
2. Split your rectangle into even thirds by drawing horizontal lines. Then draw a vertical line through the bottom two rows, a bit left of center.
3. Add in windows and stairs.
4. Decorate the house with details like window ledges and an ornate entryway.
5. When you’ve completed your drawing, let the pen marks dry. Then tightly tape around the house.
6. Paint over your entire house with egg dye. Let dry again.
7. Once fully dry, take off your tape for the big reveal!
Usually boiled and blown eggs both work when dyeing. However, since this DIY demands a lot of close, detailed work, it’s a safer bet to use boiled eggs. Trust us, we learned from experience :)
*These* are the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square. You know, those houses that Full House made famous? (Photo via Justin Sullivan/Getty)
Let’s get started. Carefully draw the outline of the house — a tall rectangle with a triangle on top. Split your rectangle into even thirds by drawing two horizontal lines. Then draw a vertical line through the bottom two rows, a bit left of center. Add in basic architecture. The Painted Ladies have bay windows stacked on top of one another, and a garage directly below these windows. They also have stairs that go up to the second story, as well as a small window on the top floor. Next, draw in the house’s details, such as an ornate entryway, stair railings, window ledges and, most importantly, spires coming from the left corner, right corner and tip top of the roof. It’s okay if your lines aren’t perfectly straight — it adds more character!
Pro Tip: If you feel more comfortable starting with pencil, go ahead. You can always erase it later.
Okay egg, be cuter. Just try.
Time to paint this Painted Lady. Once your pen marks are dry, tightly (and we mean *tightly*) tape around the borders of your house. Then rest your egg on a drying rack and paint on egg dye with a paint brush. FYI, using egg dye means you’ll get a watercolor-like finish while still seeing the illustration. Mop up any runny dye with a paper towel, then let your egg dry completely without moving it. When it’s dry, take off your tape. Voila!
She’s not playing favorites, but these eggs are kinda, sorta, completely the author’s favorite Easter DIY this year.
What other SF landmarks should we draw? Would you make these Painted Ladies eggs? Let us know in the comments below!