Would you believe me if I said I set out to make deep pink eggs? I really did. Of course I was going to make hot pink eggs. Hello?! #favoritecolor. They were not too pretty. Something to do with my pink gel food coloring – it was all grainy and stuff, leaving all sorts of speckled glop on the eggs. My perfectionist brain fractured and I almost quit right there. But I had promised my 4 yr old a day of messy Easter Egg dye. I briefly considered resorting to a PAAS kit. But that is such a lame punk out thing to do and the resultant colors are always so limp. Really, the truth is I didn’t want to go to the store. So I went back into my stash of gel food colorings and opted for a darker situation. This go round I was going for a rich turquoise. And on paper, the paper towels that is, it worked. The eggs, not so much. But I love the happy accident. The blue reminded me of an Imperial Chinese blue. And as with all roads, this one leads back to Chinoiserie. So even though I declared I wanted to get away from my standard blue and white for Easter – well, I give you blue and white Easter eggs and a chinoiserie-inspired table.
As for the eggs themselves, this is what I did. I drew some motifs on contact paper, cut them out, and adhered them to the cooled hard-boiled eggs. Not surprisingly, some of the dye seeped under a few edges. I have tried similar methods with electrical tape with similar seepage results so I wasn’t all that surprised. To clean up the edges, I used white paint and a fine brush to touch up the silhouettes. I am not worried about the paint on these eggs as they won’t be eaten.
I had to. COULD. NOT. RESIST. a pink egg with gold accent. I blame my DNA. You can see the speckling here that happened with the first batch of botched pink ones – which I suppose is kind of cool if you are going for a speckled egg look but clearly I was not.
Have a good Friday on this Good Friday!
All photos and layouts by mrs. V unless otherwise noted
kisses, mrs. V