Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter eggs

Some fab Easter Egg designs:

Some fab Easter Egg design idea how to's:

• Pick up the paint: Try painting instead of dying. Splashes and splatters of colour create a pretty effect. Use paint brushes for details, and sponges for smudges (Psst: use the empty carton to squirt your paints in as the perfect palette.)
• Add some oil: Before you dye your eggs, combine 1 tablespoon of oil with the vinegar and choice of food colouring. Add enough water to make the liquid deep enough to cover an egg. Swirl the mixture (so the oil briefly distributes), then add the egg, immediately taking it out. Pat dry, and add to another colour, following the same method. Keep going if you’d like. This creates a swirling, subtle effect.
• Other ideas: using elastics and masking tape to create white spots and lines, and using markers to add effects after the dye dries.
(via ecoki)

DIY: Marbleized Easter Eggs:

Tools and Materials
Mixing bowls
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
White vinegar
Food coloring
Olive oil
Paper towels

1. Prepare a dye bath in a small heatproof mixing bowl: Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) with 1 cup of hot water. Add an egg, and submerge it until it turns the desired hue. Remove egg; let dry, about 15 minutes.
2. In a shallow, wide bowl, prepare another batch of dye in a darker or different shade; this will provide the swirls. The liquid should be 1/2 inch deep. Add about 1 tablespoon olive oil (you may need more depending on the size of the container). Run a fork through this mixture, creating swirls of oil on the surface. Place the dyed egg in the marbleizing mixture, and roll it once around the bowl to pick up the oil streaks; remove, and blot gently with a paper towel. Let dry, 30 minutes.
3. Try various color combinations. Vary the base tints and the swirls to achieve contrasts both striking and subtle.

DIY: Wax Resist Egg Dyeing:
Introduction: If you draw on eggs with wax and then dip them in dye, the color doesn't adhere to the wax -- so when you melt it away, you reveal the design. Use a stylus to apply wax in refined, precise patterns, or try a crayon for simple motifs. (Remember, if you draw your wax designs on white or brown eggs and then dye the eggs, the designs will be white or brown after you've melted off the wax. If you dye the eggs a solid base color and then add the wax, the patterns will be the base color; in this case, use a light base and a darker second color. )
Step 1: • How to Create a Wax-Resist Pattern Using a Stylus - This tool looks much like a pen, but has a barrel at the end for holding and dispensing wax. Heat the barrel of an empty stylus by holding it near a lighted candle. Scrape the beeswax patty to fill the stylus with wax, then heat the barrel again in the flame. Touch the tip of the stylus to the egg, letting wax come out, and draw your design. Heat and refill the tool as necessary. Make line drawings, or fill in areas if you wish. Let wax dry, then submerge egg completely in dye. Remove egg; let dry, about 10 minutes.

• How to Create a Wax-Resist Pattern Using a Crayon - To create a design with a crayon, draw on a white, brown, or dyed egg with any color (the crayon color doesn't matter because you will be removing the markings), then submerge egg in dye. Let dry, about 10 minutes.

Step 2: To remove wax from eggs -- whether you've used a stylus or a crayon -- place them on aluminum foil on a rimmed baking sheet in an oven preheated to 250 degrees; this works for blown-out and hard-boiled eggs. When wax starts to melt, about 10 minutes, it will glisten and shine; remove eggs from oven, and hold in a paper towel as you wipe off the wax.

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