I've been so inspired lately by illustrator (and dear friend) Margaret McCartney's new highlighter pen drawing series. I love her patterns and funky neon recoloring of familiar objects. Seeing them made me want to play with highlighters too! Margaret and I got together to decorate some Easter eggs and had so much fun!
These fruit patterned eggs are straight off a textile design that Margaret was working on.
Here are some of Margaret's eggs next to one of her plant sketches.
I love using the highlighters's chisel tip to get wide strokes, as in the tulip blooms and thin lines like the stems. TIP: The highlighters can be smudgy until (and even after) they dry. If you want to cover the egg in a pattern, work on one area at a time, letting it dry before working on the other part of the egg. Once it is dry, hold the egg with a paper napkin so sweat from your fingers doesn't smear the ink.
Here are a few more of Margaret's highlighter sketches. I love the patterns on the teacups (above, left) and the birthday girl's skirt (above, right).
A few peeks into her sketchbook. I love these girls and the patterns on their clothes!
This egg's floral pattern was stolen right off the girl's shirt!