Colored egg painting, as a traditional folk artwork in Beijing, is a kind of painting on the eggshells of chicken, duck, goose, snake, pigeon, ostrich and other birds. The earliest literature record about the colored egg painting may be traced back to the Warring States Period over 2,000 years ago.
The making technique of colored egg painting contains 12 processes such as selecting, taking the air out, cleaning, drying, blocking the hole, matching with a seat, cutting, painting, inscribing, polishing and packaging. The themes of the painting involve Twelve Sights in Mount Huangshan, Twelve Ladies in A Dream in Red Mansions, One Hundred and Eight Heroes in the Outlaws of the Marsh, folk customsofold Beijing, etc. The techniques of colored egg painting include caved colored egg painting, engraved colored egg painting, lettering colored egg painting, embroidered colored egg painting, etc. Among them the embroidered colored egg painting is the most complicated and exquisite: drill over 1000 pinholes on the very thin shell first, and then embroider on the shell with a needle thin as the hair, by colored threads and hairs.Finally an embroidered colored egg painting is formed. That is a "tour de force"
China's colored egg painting is a manual artwork in combination with many cultures and arts such as painting, calligraphy, embroidery and handicraft.