A few days ago an idea for a conceptual piece came to me which would require a drawing on an egg shell. (No, not like an Easter egg of any kind.) So first I needed to find out if an egg shell will take colored pencil, and if I can shuck out the contents of a boiled egg without shattering the drawing into a thousand pieces.
The answer to both questions turned out to be “yes”! Egg shell has a very even surface with just enough tooth to take a couple of layers of colored pencil. I might be able to add more by spraying a bit of workable fixative after those layers. After drawing, I cracked the back side of the egg and removed chips of shell until it was half gone, then was able to gently shuck out the soft-boiled contents keeping the other half of the shell intact. This isn’t critical for what I have in mind–I just need for the pieces to hold together–but it’s nice to know it’s possible.
So there you have it, another possibility for a colored pencil drawing surface.
By the way, the drawing on my experimental egg isn’t anyone at all, just a generic face out of my head.