Well, it’s another week and we dyed another six eggs. My daughter didn’t make as many egg related puns this week, but she was excited to find out what I was planning to try. Also, she figured out that if we dye six eggs a week for four weeks we’ll have twenty-four eggs, “Momma! I just did times! Six times four is twenty-four!” I’m so proud of my little math geek.
This week, we went with permanent markers and nail polish remover. Also saw this method several times over on Pinterest holiday and egg decorating boards, but credit for my experiment goes to a pin from the blog post here. Her eggs turned out a little more sophisticated than mine. I think I need more practice…
We selected a few different types of markers. We had brights, pastels, and jewel tones, the pastel and jewel tones were both from the same set of Bic permanent markers, and the brights are RoseArt permanent markers.
The eggs, once blown out, washed, and dried, were slid onto bamboo skewers to make decoration easier and to prevent unsightly finger print smears in the wet marker ink. It worked out pretty well, though perhaps one egg per skewer would have been even more convenient.
All set up, we got to decorating. Without any guidance from me, my daughter decided to decorate one egg first to see how it would turn out before coloring on the other two.
I didn’t get pictures of my first egg or my first attempts at using the nail polish remover, sorry, but I started with the jewel tones and just colored patches all over the egg at random. I started with the medicine syringe, but I couldn’t get the plunger to advance smoothly, so it came out in powerful spurts that kind of sprayed the ink off the egg, and I wasn’t fond of the effect or the mess, so I tried the q-tips, but that was more like drawing with a blur effect, and I didn’t want anything that intentional (but someone more skilled than i could probably make some pretty designs and swirls and things with that method. I just didn’t want to waste my eggs. Might experiment with that in the future, though.) The cotton balls, though, seemed to work great. They hold enough nail polish remover to gently wash and spread the ink without being too forceful or too specific.
My daughter decided to learn from my experience and only ever used the cotton balls.
I decided to try the pastels for my second egg. Here you can see the first completed egg and the second colored egg before I used the nail polish remover: (you can see that the purple ink kind of took over my first egg. It spread much more than any of the other colors.)
The pastel inks didn’t spread nearly as much as the jewel tone inks did, which makes sense, I suppose, when you think about the amount of pigment that is probably necessary for the different shades.
Here you can see that the pastel colors were mostly washed out more than they were spread. I may go back and color over them later, just leaving it a color block egg. You can also see the coloring on my third egg. I thought I’d experiment with different shapes in the color blocking. I went back to the jewel tones because my daughter used the RoseArt markers on her first egg, and those pigments seemed almost as colorfast as the pastels. They spread a little better, but she had to kind of draw them out with the cotton ball as opposed to just dabbing the remover on the way I had my first egg.
I don’t think the color blocks on my third egg were large enough to have the nice blurry effect of the first. At first I wasn’t fond of the result at all, but as it dried it grew on me a little. It definitely isn’t my favorite, but I’m not throwing it out just yet, either.
On my daughters egg you can see how little the RoseArt purple spread compared to mine, and I don’t know that she used much nail polish remover on the left egg at all. She was nervous that it would turn out like my third, which she didn’t think was all that pretty, and by the time she was half-way done with it, however, she was getting bored “working on the same egg for so long,” so I think she was also concerned about ruining something she’d put so much effort into. She was excited when I told her she could use as little or as much as she wanted, or even none at all if she just wanted it to be colored. That opened the door to drawing pictures on the last egg, which she couldn’t do on the first because I told her it was all going to smear and wouldn’t look the way she drew it. I think her “rainbow” egg may be her favorite this week.
So, the verdict on markers and nail polish remover is: great for blurring large colorblocks, with room for experimentation using intentional blurring techniques, but a bit boring for an active eight-year-old. Drawing with markers? Total win.