Saturday, April 3, 2010
Easter Egg Dying
Adapted from Parents.com
Traditional Easter egg dye? Think again. With a fun, hands-on tissue-paper tinting technique, you never know what you'll get.
What you'll need: Hard-boiled eggs, bleeding art tissue, cups or bowls, water, scissors, crayons, and double-sided tape.
Rainbow Stripes Tear tissue paper into strips and twist or fold to a narrow width. Wet tissue and wrap around the egg. Repeat with different colors. Leave strips on for 10 to 15 minutes, remove, and discard. Rest egg on paper towel until completely dry. Tip: For brighter color, leave strips on longer.
Crayon Resist Place a piece of crumpled tissue paper in the bottom of a cup or small bowl. Fill with hot water and stir to create a dye bath. (Mix tissue-paper colors together in dye bath to create new shades.) Draw your design on egg with crayon. Place egg in dye bath and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove egg and blot dry. Leave colored design intact, or rub off using paper towel if you want a white design. Rest egg on paper towel until completely dry.
Marbled Eggs Tear a piece of tissue in half. Crumple it, then unfold and wrap loosely around eggshell. Wet the tissue in spots, leaving some areas drier than others. (Dry areas will stay white, giving the egg a marbleized look.) Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the tissue and blot dry. Rest egg on paper towel until completely dry.
Tape Resist Make stripes on the eggshell using 1/8-inch-wide double-sided tape. Place egg in dye bath (see crayon-resist instructions) and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove, blot dry, and remove tape. Rest egg on paper towel until completely dry.