Pysanky "Ukranian" / batik eggs
The above eggs were made by our amazing egg painting Featured Artist Chrisinda Bowlin. Chrisinda uses a method with beeswax and Acid Dyes, you can read more about it by clicking here. She was generous with "how to" information, especially on specific instructions how to use the Acid Dye in this unique craft, for which we thank her! Her type of eggs are often referred to as Ukranian Easter Eggs, but she is employing methods that we all know as Batik. You use the wax as a resist so that that area doesn't take the dye. You can do multiple layers of different colors, protecting a design in each successive layer with a wax design, just like with Batik. You could apply the beeswax with a Fine Line Applicator if you could keep it warm enough, or a Delux Tjanting. The size #1 has the smallest hole of all of our Tjantings. You also could stencil wax on, or paint it on with a brush. See more:
Fabric Paints / Fiber Reactive Dye
These were made using Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes and some of our fabric paints. For our eggs, which are pretty even though not spectacular like Chrisinda's, we used Dharma Fiber Reactive Dyes, Pinata Colors, or Dr. PH. Martin's Spectralite for the foundational coloring.
Procion Dye can be used in a hot water immersion technique with vinegar and a bit of salt. This makes a great base foundational coloring for the sponging layer of metallic paint to follow. Or you can use Acid dyes like Chrisinda does.
For a marbled looking egg, try Dr. PH. Martin's Spectralite paints in 2 or 3 colors. We used a plastic bag, sprinkling 2-3 drops of one color of paint on the plastic bag in the center. Hold the bag in your hands. Place the egg in the center and now roll and cradle and pat the egg in your hands with the plastic bag distributing the paint color around the egg with a sponging effect. Let the paint dry on the eggs for 15 minutes between coats.
Again for a marbled or sponged looking egg with Pinata Colors: Follow the technique above described for use with Spectralite. Use adequate ventilation in working with Pinata. These paints dry quickly, so tumbling and patting your egg quickly is advised.
Now, if you want to add on some sparkle and glitter, try sponging on metallic paints. You could use a small sea sponge or a small cosmetic sponge. Pour a pea size of paint per egg onto a palette or a plastic lid (we used the plastic containers from our take out sushi lunch). Dab sponge onto the paint LIGHTLY and dab sponged paint onto your egg.
Or you can pour a small amount (pea size again) of metallic paint into the middle of a clean plastic bag. Then follow the cradling, rolling sponging technique again mentioned above (with the Spectralite paint instructions).
Hint: We used old egg cartons as drying racks. For blown out eggs, use chop sticks stuck into old styrofoam packing material blocks to hold up your egg for drying
Other options - all of our non-toxic Fabric Markers would work on eggs and are a great choice for children as they can just do their own thing. If you are working on blown out shells for permanent decorations or Easter gifts, try also our 3 dimensional raised glue based fabric paints, Jones Tones, Jones Tones Glitter and Foil, and of course, you could also use some of our Hot Fix Swarovski Crystal, Rhinestud or Nailhead embellishments for the fanciest eggs in town! You or your kid could be the next Faberge' in the egg world!
Let's get started!
First, grab a sheet of each tissue color you want to work with, we used one of each color in the pack for lots of variety. The sheets are quite large so we then cut our sheets in half once, and then again, down to 1/4 of a sheet.
For some simple quick and easy eggs, grab one or two colors of tissues and roughly pleat them. Then sandwich or wrap an egg between the tissue(s) and tie the ends off with rubber bands.
Add a slug (1-2 tablespoons) of white vinegar to your cup of hot water.
Grab the brush and apply the water to the tissue covered egg, you want to make sure it is really saturated and that the tissue is sticking on to the shell. Set it aside to dry.
Pro-tip: use a mist sprayer(#MS3) to saturate the tissue covered egg!
On to the Confetti!
Grab the sheets of tissue and layer them up, it is easy to cut through a bunch of layers at once. Cut strips about 1/2 - 3/4" wide. Then layer up your strips and cut pieces off the end, randomly change the angle of your scissors to get lots of different shapes.
Admire your pile of confetti and try to resist tossing it around (we know it is hard but we promise you can play with the leftovers later!)
Grab an egg (gently!) and your brush. Apply the vinegar water to your egg (or just dunk it) to moisten the whole surface.
Place pieces of tissue on the egg, work as quickly as you can and cover the whole egg, if the shell starts to dry out just use your brush to dab a little more vinegar water onto the shell. Once you are happy with the coverage, set the egg aside to dry in the carton and start on your next one. Have fun playing around with the colors and their placement!
We got lazy toward the end and just started rolling wet eggs in the confetti pile, this works too and is fun and random.
Pro-tip: It can help to go back and dampen the tissue if it looks a little dry with the brush, or mist sprayer, especially if you roll the egg in the confetti vs applying it a piece at a time.
Let your eggs dry. We left ours overnight, but yours may dry faster. Once the tissue is totally dry it may start to flake off on its own and you know it is time to brush it off the egg. Remove all the bits of tissue. It may help to have a small soft brush as some bits of tissue stick really well and if you don’t have nails it can be hard to get the edge up. We liked the used bits of tissue so we saved them for another project.
Admire your unique one of a kind eggs! If you have blown them out you can run a ribbon through the eggs and hang them. Raw eggs must be handled very carefully but eventually the insides will dry out and they can be displayed as whole eggs for years to come. If you hard boiled the eggs for the kids, once you have enjoyed them for a while you can crack and peel them. The insides should not be eaten but you can use the colorful shell pieces in other crafts.
Ok, NOW you can throw around your leftover confetti or maybe you might want to save them for a fun silk scarf.