Thursday, April 09, 2009

boldly colored.


For a few years we have dyed eggs using natural materials such as beets, cabbage, onion skins, and coffee. It is fun to see what kind of colors we can get using things we have at home. This year, however, the boys both gave me 'the look' and obviously wanted to do something different. While we usually dye our eggs for the spring equinox, pretty much any time is a good excuse to play with eggs and colors, in my opinion!


I found Greek egg coloring packets at a local Italian deli, and knew we had to try them. They looked super intense, AND there was red (a traditional Greek Easter egg color), my favorite color. Using regular 'egg' cups I combined the powders with vinegar and water and we were off. The boys used oil pastels and wax resist crayons to color the eggs first, and then soaked them in the colors. Oh, and yes the colors were indeed deep and bold. We mixed red and blue for purple and it was so dark it almost looked black. That was of course the favorite, in addition to the deep red ones.


After the boys were done I just couldn't bring myself to pour all that rich color down the drain, so we found a few blank silk scarves and dunked them in the pots for awhile to see what we would get.



We now have a few brightly colored silks - perfect for spring!

21 comments:

Stephanie said...

Beautiful!!!

That's my kind of Mama!
;)

Sam said...

Wow, that's incredible! "the look" ha ha ah that's so funny, I know it well. I HAVE to try to find this Greek egg colouring you're talking about. Wow, they are so amazing. That's one thing my kids commented on with the dye tablets, they are not deep enough in colour. Great silk too :)

Crescent Moon said...

I've never seen egg dyes those colors before. Those are really cool. The silks turned out beautiful, too. It's very clever to use the left over egg dye for fabric.

Eluciq said...

fabulously brilliant!

Magical Mom said...

I love your silks! I too hate to throw away that lovely dye. We usually make coffee filter butterflies out of our leftovers. I am going to try silk or wool though I think. I am loving the almost black looking ones!

TheOrganicSister said...

Gorgeous! Love the scarf idea. We haven't dyed eggs in a couple years, can you believe that?

But one tradition that Zeb loves is the Easter scavenger hunt - DH hides clues in plastic eggs, one egg leading to the next and the next until at the end he finds his "basket" (which at his age is really one gift instead of a basket). This year I think it will be more LEGOs.

~Tara

Sarah said...

I'm going to hunt for those colors for another year. We leave brown eggs in the dye for a long time and get some really warm colors which I like.

Joy said...

Those eggs and scarves look great! That color really IS bold. The red is really beautiful. We don't usually dye eggs, but we're going to do the natural dyeing today. I hope they turn out well!

ladybug-zen said...

wow! beautiful! and i absolutely adore the silks. that was a good call.

Tara said...

I love the effect you got with the oil pastels/wax resist.....

The silks are beautiful too.

Enjoy your weekend :0)

MamaAngel said...

I love it! Great job reusing the dye to make spring playsilks. Very creative!

Hope your back is feeling better.

Dawn said...

That was smart to dye the silks at the same time. The colors are beautiful. I think we'll be dying eggs today or tomorrow.

Sara said...

Great eggs! Amazing colors.

Lisa said...

Wow! Those are really beautiful eggs! I want to find some dyes like that! And what a great idea for the left over color. Your scarves look beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Dawn said...

Lovely! Happy Spring~ :)

Lynch Family said...

Wowzers! Great stuff!

RunninL8 said...

I'm SO bummed that I forgot to order my silkies from dharma trading to use in our Spring baskets instead of plastic grass. And your tie dye's would have been such a great idea! Maybe I'll just have to get a cheap silk alternative from the fabric store for this year!

Jane said...

Love those depp, rich colors!

anthromama said...

That Greek Easter-egg red is the best!

Yarrow said...

Oh how beautiful! A Greek deli huh? Interesting. Blessings.

Darla said...

I love the black egg! And, beautiful scarves.