It looks like I’m starting a new trend at TITL – only posting on the holidays! Although I completely missed St. Patrick’s Day. And there was that yummy Guinness Float that I might have mentioned…
It wasn’t my intention to take such a long break, but, as work has happily picked up, my blog-time has dramatically decreased. As has my time making yummy meals, sadly. There’s definitely a new balance that needs to be found. I think the prolonged cold weather has had an impact as well. Today is one of the first when it’s been nice enough to spend long hours outside, and it’s been lovely!
We were waiting for a nice day to dye the Easter eggs, and barely squeezed it in yesterday. While this post is a little late for making Easter eggs, you could always dye eggs for spring decorating. And this would be a great way to use color combinations that compliment your decor.
The original instructions for these eggs came from Epicurious, but we made a couple of tweaks and discoveries along the way.
We used blown eggs, so that we could use them for decorations after Easter. I have a thick 12″-long upholstery needle that I pushed through each egg. Moving it up and down and swizzling it inside the eggs helps break up the yolks, and makes it that much easier to blow the yolks out. Once emptied, we rinsed the eggs inside and out and let them dry.
Evan wanted to have some traditionally dyed eggs, some with the marbling and some with both. We started with the traditional dying using vinegar for the brightest colors.
Once those were dry, we were ready for the marbleizing. Evan picked out two color combinations for the marbling – turquoise and red, and blue and green. We used enamel paint, like you’d find for painting models. When using these paints, make sure you cover your work surface, wear gloves and are in a well ventilated or outdoor area. For each color combination, we filled a disposable aluminum pan with about 3″ of water. We drizzled the paint into the water and stirred with a wooden skewer. The amount of paint you put in the water will affect the finish that you get. If the surface of the water is covered in paint, the eggs will be completely covered. If there’s just a bit of paint in the water, you’ll have more white space. You’ll want to dip your eggs soon after pouring the paint, as the paint begins to set up immediately. Stirring the water with a skewer between dips is a good idea as well. You may need to add paint as it dries.
Hold an egg on the end of a skewer, we quickly dipped it in the paint and water and lifted it out. Then we just set them aside to dry.
Here’s the process for a completely covered egg:
And here’s the result with less paint and traditionally dyed eggs:
Either way, you end up with beautiful and unusual eggs!