I use a variety of permanent markers, including a few metallic ones. The patterned eggs are as simple as doodling whatever you please, but I ended up loving the ombre egg. It's easier than you might think and faster than mixing paints.
Choose Your Colors
Start with two shades of one color. In my case, I chose blue. I also wanted to add a little contrast, so I grabbed some thin craft tape.
Apply Pattern With Tape
Apply your desired pattern on your egg using tape, pressing down firmly to make sure it adheres.
Decorate With the Darkest Color
Color the top of the egg using the darkest color.
Wear rubber gloves to avoid getting marker on your fingertips.
Decorate With the Lighter Color
Color a ring of the lighter color below the darkest color right above the tape.
Decorate With the Lightest Color
Decorate with the lightest color, blending the line between light and dark. Repeat the process on the bottom of the egg, then use the lighter color to fill in the center of the egg.
Allow the ink to dry, and remove the tape.
If you want to skip the tape lines, continue blending all the way to the center so the top and bottom are dark and the center is light.