Year 2 Easter Eggs Week 4

The final dye method we played with last year was Kool-Aid.

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Wish I could tell you the flavors. Pretty sure that’s blue raspberry and lemon lime, the black one is probably grape? the yellow is probably lemonaide, seriously no clue what the brown one is, and the red is most like cherry

I really liked the mottled coloring, it had a very interesting effect.

The addition we made to these was decoupage. I have two versions of a flower guide coloring book from my grandmother. They both had the same color guide illustrations inside the cover. We used one set of pictures to cut out flowers for our eggs.

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I can only photograph one side of the egg at a time, but my daughter added a flower to both sides of the egg. I only placed one on each. Also, the green egg on the end is a much prettier green in person, just think, that table cloth their on? Yes, that’s a spring green. This is what happens when the only camera you own is a also a phone. Pro tip guys, don’t drop you nice camera (high-mid range point and shoot, actually, nice ones are expensive for amateurs) on concrete.

It turned out well, overall, I think. Except, piece of advice, seal the Kool-Aid (is there a hyphon or not? I keep going back and forth) or other dye before adding the decoupage. I wish I had coated them all in Modge Podge and let it completely dry before adding the flowers. The dye had a tendency to run in the wet glue.

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The iris on green is my favorite, and you can kind of see in the others where the white flowers have been tinted by the Kool Aid

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That pink egg is red, remember the first picture in the post? the one taken last year on my real camera? I think she did a great job with her decoupage, not wrinkly or bunching her very narrow and delicate picture.

I do think decoupage on one of the smoother dyes, like food coloring or Paas, would showcase the flowers better, but thus is the nature of experimenting. I do really like the iris and green, though, that one worked particularly well, probably because it’s green…

Year 2 Easter Eggs Week 3

Ok, so this was really week 2. The natural dyes were week 3. I’m a hot mess most of the time. (Why is the mess hot? What kind of mess are we talking about? Seriously, where did we get this saying from? Personally, I got it from my manager when I worked at Michael’s 7 years ago…sorry) Anyway, like I said earlier, my son only started sleeping semi-decently a couple months ago and two months away from being 2, so counting late stage pregnancy issues, two full years of sleep deprivation on top of employment upheaval and financial stress and the resulting multi-cause exhaustion eating away at my cognitive capacity. Be grateful my children are fed, clothed, and we all make it to work/school/church relatively on time, everything else is a bonus.

Week 2, the week before the natural dyes and plant relief, we played around with food coloring and a foil leaf, gold/silver/copper.

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The food coloring produced beautifully brilliant eggs and is the only method to produce as even a color distribution as Paas.

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The three on the left are hers, the three on the right are mine. Don’t remember what I was going for with the grey one, but I still like the way it turned out.

To add dimension this week, we applied foil leaf to our eggs with foam paint brushes and Modge Podge.

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The blue one is my intentionaly global-esque egg. My daughter “banded” her pink and orange eggs on different axis, and went for a random approach with the teal one.

This was a bit tricky and I don’t think my daughter enjoyed it at all. I was trying to save money and bought the package that had all three metals mixed together in flake form. I think she probably would have been all right with the sheets that you then rub off in places for the mottled look. The flakes didn’t like to stay where you put them. They’d either slide around in too much glue or stick to your finger or the applicator and reject the egg altogether. In the end, we persevered and figured it out with some gorgeous results, though.

P.S. If you know a better way to apply foil leaf and can point out how we made it more difficult for ourselves than necessary, please, by all means, enlighten me. Seriously, any of my posts that you can point out short cuts or improvements to, please please please make suggestions.

Year 2 Easter Eggs…They really did happen!

So I apparently only blogged the first week of last years Easter Eggs. Must have gotten distracted by annoying life things, but the eggs themselves did happen. I promise.

Week 2 was natural dyes with a plant relief pattern. I learned a valuable lesson regarding natural dye. It requires planning ahead. I did not plan ahead. And then I think we were impatient and did not let them set more than a few hours instead of overnight. not sure exactly, it was a year ago, but I also made do with what vegetables I could find at Kroger, we didn’t have our Sprouts yet. Anyway, they turned out pretty, but not as colorful as I was hoping. This is one we’ll be returning to in a few years.

As far as the plant relief goes, some turned out beautifully, some obviously weren’t secured tightly enough, either than or the chosen weeds were more porous than others.

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can’t remember what made the black one; the blue was cabbage, improperly aged and set; the yellow is turmeric; the stone looking one blackberries; the brown is beets; and the tan is carrots

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the relief on the black egg didn’t show up at all; the relief on the cabbage egg was a flower with smudged and smooshed petals, looks pretty cool, but the panty hose we tied it on with was tied at the top and made the dye really thin there; the relief on the turmeric didn’t show up at all, but the color was gorgeous.

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the relief on the blackberry died egg didn’t show up at all, and it came out with an odd stone look. it’s odd, not really bright or colorful, but beautiful in a subdued way; the beets probably needed to be prepared differently, or combined with something, but the odd color is still pretty, and it has one of the best reliefs; and the carrots weren’t colorful at all, but, again, pretty in a neutral way, with a very nice relief

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all in all, it was a learning experience and well worth trying again with better attention to directions, hehe

Easter Egg Dyeing: Year 2

If last years theme was ways to tie dye eggs, this years theme is experimenting with dye. My daughter even decided to keep a journal of the results.

We started out with a ubiquitous PAAS egg dyeing kit. I let her choose her three colors and then choose three from what was left. (our kit contained nine color tabs.)

Word of advice, when planning to dye eggs, make sure you have white vinegar on hand. I did not, and we did not. However, in gathering methods, I found an explanation of why we needed the vinegar. I had never thought about it before, but one gentleman who dislikes the smell experimented with quantities until discovering the optimum pH level desired for egg dyes. So, since we had apple cider vinegar, I looked up the acidity as compared to white vinegar and, it being half as acidic, I doubled the amount and we were just fine.

It being an experiment in dye sources, we didn’t do anything fancy, only dunked a whole egg in one color.

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my daughter’s eggs are on the left, mine are on the right

Then, because solid eggs aren’t all that much fun, we’re also going to add something different to each type. This week we added glitter.

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my daughter’s are in the front, mine are in the back

She started with random and messy on the pink egg while I started with swirls on the orange. She she did zigzags and polka dots on the red, and her zigzag gave me the idea of making the yellow egg a Charlie Brown egg. She finished with a large band around her teal egg, and I opted for half-covered on the slant for the blue.

After a while I plan on coating them with a clear acrylic sealer to contain the glitter, but I forgot to pick some up while at the store, so that will have to wait.

I think PAAS has changed their formula over the years, because I don’t remember them turning out this well, but it’s been a long time since I’ve used them, so I can’t be sure. Also, I wonder if hollowing out the eggs first has anything to do with it. Surely not.

 

P.S. I bought the PAAS set at the store.

Easter Egg Preservation and Display

So in all my searching for fun egg dyeing techniques, I came across this post about making eggs last 10 years or more, and that sounded good to me.

So, as per the blog, I gathered my Modge Podge, a random foam board I had lying around, some toothpicks, an empty hand-sanitizer bottle, nail scissors, a paint brush, and a small cup of water.IMG_5902IMG_5903

 

 

 

I used the toothpicks to make a peg board to dry the eggs on, mixed the glue and water, and poured some in the hand-sanitizer bottle. I didn’t have any straws, and the medicine syringe I had on hand for the sharpie and nail polish remover eggs had disappeared. I fear it was accidentally thrown away, and I had imagined it to be perfect for this. Oh well, I improvised with the hand-sanitizer bottle. When necessary, I used the nail scissors to enlarge the holes in the eggs, but even still, I’m not entirely sure how well coated the inside of the eggs really became. I’m not that worried about it though, since this was just a precaution, and I intend to treat them as very delicate anyway. The hand-sanitizer bottle didn’t work quite as well as I’d hoped, but it was much easier than trying to insert the glue in other ways.

Once there was as much glue as I felt I could reasonable get inside the eggs, I swirled them around, let any drip out that would, and used the paint brush to coat the outside of the egg. Then I set it aside on the peg board and moved on.

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Once they were completely dry, I got my ribbon and a piece of something firmer than cardstock but quite a bit less than cardboard, like the stuff gift boxes are made out of, which I cut in half. (Don’t know what it came out of as I collect things that may be useful some day.)

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I used a tapestry needle to thread the ribbons through the eggs, tied off a bow under the eggs, and stapled the top of the ribbons to the cards. This way, the card can sit on the shelf and can be weighted down by anything, really: books, figurines, other Easter decorations…

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my daughter’s: volcano, nail polish, shaving cream, and nail polish remover

 

 
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mine: shaving cream, nail polish, volcano, and nail polish remover

 

 

you can also see her pretty Easter poster

you can also see her pretty Easter poster

Since my daughter wanted to keep almost all of her eggs, I got the idea to use ribbon scraps from the display cards to create a garland. I just used square knots to link the ribbon in alternating colors and hung the eggs one from each segment (in the opposite color of course) except the ends, which I tied in loops to hang the thing by.

the daffodil egg in the middle is one i was given several years ago

the daffodil egg in the middle is one i was given several years ago

For the two eggs of my own that I particularly liked but didn’t rank favorite, I just hung from ribbon loops. The rest of mine are sitting in an Easter basket on the counter.