Whether you celebrate Ostara, Easter or Both – colorful eggs are definitely a sign of the season.
Since our family consists of not only Pagans, but Christians as well, we have decided to celebrate the Ostara Egg festivities on the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after Ostara – which just so happens to be the same day Christian’s celebrate Easter Sunday. This way all of our family can celebrate together. Since I know many Pagans who celebrate as we do, I thought now would be a great time to share a few egg coloring favorites.
EGGS – EGGS – EGGS: Part 1 – ColoringLook for Part 2 – Crystal Eggs, later this week.
A Few Famulare Egg Coloring FavoritesI regret to say that although I had planned to photograph a few of these techniques in progress and complete, the sicky-bugs have invaded my family again, and we have just not been physically up for it. I apologize, and I will do my best to try and post a few pictures on facebook after our Ostara ritual later this month.
Natural Egg DyingEvery year for the past few years, my family looks for the best method to naturally dye our eggs. There are so many websites out there, with so many different ways to do this. The key is – patience! Natural dyes are not the quick fix you’ll find with Paas Egg Dying kits. They take time! The longer your eggs stay in the dyes – the brighter they will be.
There are essentially 2 ways to go about dying your eggs.
1. Boil your RAW eggs in the dye materials as they boil.I like this method a lot, in theory – so much more efficient, but I’ll admit, we haven’t tried it yet, this year will be our first attempt.
2. Hardboil your eggs first. Boil your dye. Then soak and refrigerate, preferably overnight.
We have had very good luck with this method – but it does require making room in your refrigerator for bowls of dye, and you do have to be careful not to dye your good dishes. We did that once – WHOOPS!
About.com has a very useful dye chart that I have personally found very helpful in creating our natural egg dye concoctions, and I definitely recommend you take a look.
We have personally tried – and liked the results – using:
- Onion Skins: Yellow, Red and Purple
- Grape Juice
- Purple Cabbage (although we prefer the blue result from using Blueberries)
- Turmeric, and
- My favorite is the Mossy Green effect we got from using Red Bush Tea!
I have had absolutely no luck with:
- Orange Peel or Spinach, Wine or Paprika.
And I can’t wait to try:
- Raspberries this year! I have heard other crafters enjoying beautiful red results.
Some Fun Ways to Spice Them UpThere are a few fun ways to liven up your colored eggs:
- For a tie-dyed effect – Wrap your eggs randomly with rubber bands before dying – remove after dying
- For a mottled effect – add a small amount of cooking oil to your dye and stir before soaking your eggs
- For a two-toned look – dip one side of your egg in paraffin wax before soaking, when dry removing the wax will reveal the white or previously dyed base shade of your egg while the unwaxed side will take on the new color
- For resist designs – use a crayon to draw your designs before soaking
- For a glitter or crystal effect – add a tsp of liquid glue to a cup of cold water, stir, dip your egg then sprinkle with glitter, sprinkles or fine sugar
EGG PAINTINGOkay – I hate to say it, but this one is really self-explanatory. Using a few acrylic paints and a small paintbrush you can create all kinds of fabulous designs on your dyed, hardboiled or raw eggs. But have you ever tried painting your eggs the CTMH way???
First – Please know this is just a theory, I have not yet tried this on actual eggs! However I have used this method to “splatter” paint other objects and have been VERY happy with the results, I can’t see why it would be any different for eggs, so with that in mind…
This year I’m going to experiment with misting my eggs using CTMH’s new Spray Pen! Here’s the Plan…
Prepare your Spray Pen:
- Fill the spray pen tube with Water to the 7th mark from the bottom.
- Add your choice of Exclusive Inks® ReInker until the liquid reaches the 9th mark from the bottom.
- Add 3 pea-sized drops of Create-a-Shade® Pearl Paint
- Shake until well mixed!
Prepare your Egg and Space:
- Dye or Paint a hardboiled egg to achieve your desired base shade.
- Prepare a sheet of wax paper, newspaper or some other disposable covering to protect your workspace.
- Hold your spray pen 8 inches away from your work surface – imagining where you will be holding your egg
- Spray a test spot and notice where the majority of your spray will land.
- Hold your spray pen 8 inches away from your egg
- Angle the egg into the spray area where the mist effect is the most desirable.
- Spray your egg.
- Rotate and Repeat until you are happy with the result.
- Set your egg aside to dry.
One More Thought
For a larger speckled design, try this technique:
- Pour some of your ReInker mixture from your Spray Pen into a small Craft Jar
- Apply the mixture to a fan brush (like the one found in CTMH’s Distressing Kit)
- Holding the brush about 6 inches away from your egg, flick the bristles of the brush to create the desired speckled effect
- Repeat on all sides of your egg
- Allow time to dry
Can’t wait to see how they turn out…
Please comment and share links to your pictures if you have a creative egg coloring technique to share.
Blessings and Happy Crafting,