To base coat an egg place it on a skewer, angling so the top of the skewer supports the egg. Use a small flat paintbrush to cover the entire surface of the egg with paint. Insert the skewer in a drying rack and allow the paint to dry completely--this usually takes about 5 minutes.
To hand paint details on an egg, use a liner brush. Dip it in paint, place it on the egg, and bear down gently to begin the stroke; as you complete the stroke, decrease the pressure to make the line thinner. Lift the brush. You may want to practice this on paper first.
To stencil an egg, place the stencil where you want it and hold with the fingers of your non-painting hand. Dip a stencil brush into paint, brush off most of the paint onto a paper towel. With a small circular motion, move the brush over the open area of the stencil.
From Easter Eggs: 40 Fabulous Projects for the Whole Family. Projects and Photographs by Matthew Mead. © 2007 Chronicle Books.