Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Pretty, happy eggs
I love coloring Easter eggs. I always have. I love the way a simple white egg is transformed into something so bright and lovely, so evocative of spring. As a kid I remember drawing elaborate patterns with crayon on eggs, before dipping them into the dye. And I remember my dad drawing each of our portraits (yes, on the eggs), then trying to color them just long enough in pink dye to look kind of like our pink skin. Often, they looked instead like we had been out in the sun too long! But we loved the effort he put into each careful drawing, my sister and I giggling over the results.
On Sunday afternoon, my son and daughter and I sat down to dye eggs. My son is careful and meticulous like me. My daughter loves the transformation, throwing eggs into dye baths with abandon, just to see the surprising results. This time we used washi tape (regular masking tape would work fine, too), rubber bands, round stickers, and a white crayon to decorate our eggs. I especially liked the unexpected results, such as the way the pink dye (only the pink!) created a speckled finish for some unknown reason, and the way the color seeped behind the stickers and some of the tape for a tie-dye effect. My son was pretty disappointed about the latter, since he had a fully formed idea of how he wanted his polka-dot egg to look!
Now my daughter asks every day if we can dye eggs again. I promised we'd do it again tonight, and I expect we'll find another time, too, before Easter arrives. It's a good thing my family likes hard-boiled eggs!
P.S.: My overall favorite is the asterisk egg! I dyed it in pink first (to get the speckle effect), then in yellow (for a nice warm shade of orange -- my favorite color!). But, really, I love them all.