By Kristiana Hall
Meet the talented artist who transforms egg shells into incredibly detailed works of art.
Süreyya Noyan, from Mardin in Turkey, carefully cracks the egg shells before spending hours painstakingly recreating iconic images in superb detail inside.
The artist uses tiny brushes on the fragile canvases and draws inspiration from famous works such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
Süreyya, a student, said: “I’ve been painting eggshells for about a year.
“I wanted to try something different and I thought how convenient it would be to watercolour while peeling the egg crust for breakfast.
“I immediately walked out of the kitchen and wanted to pour the thought into my head. The result was great.
“Architectural drawings and classical works of great masters are studies that require great care and attention.
“You need to be very patient when you draw these works on egg shells.
“The egg shell is very thin and brittle. First I tap it with a spoon then I open up the resulting crack and slowly bring it to the size I want.
“Then I wash the crust. I separate it from the thin crust that holds the shell and when it’s dry I paint into it.
“Because it has a concave structure, it makes it hard to paint into it. When painting, I must use my brush or pen very carefully.
“A small crack can turn into a difficult habit to repair.”