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April, 2006

Finger Painted Easter Eggs

Naturally Coloured Easter EggsEaster is an enjoyable holiday for the whole family. . . but what could be more fun for kids than combining finger painting and Easter egg decorating?

Six years ago I experimented with natural egg colouring. I started with the boiled-on dye method and was unsatisfied with the results. Yellow from turmeric and orange from onion skins were the only colours that I could get to work. In exasperation, I tried painting the eggs directly with the food and was amazed at the beautiful pastels I could create!

Recently, I did some research on dying Easter eggs with natural ingredients and my findings only reinforced my decision to stick with finger painting:

  • With the exception of onion skins, the boiled-on method requires a lengthy boiling time rendering eggs inedible.

  • Preparation of cold natural dyes requires a lot of raw materials; finger painting uses only small amounts. For example, you can colour one egg a lovely bluish mauve with only two blueberries!

  • Cold dying requires hours of soaking to get a good colour, while finger painting can be done in minutes.

So. . . if you want to have beautiful colours in a short amount of time without overcooking the eggs, then finger painting is the way to go! It does not take long to do an egg, and drying time is about 10 minutes or so. Just make sure you refrigerate them promptly after they have dried.

If you would like to try decorating eggs by finger painting, please see my recipes for various colours. I'm including ones I published six years ago as well as new colours my friend Healther and I recently tried. The new colours are shown in the photo above - click here to view a larger image.

For those still interested in hot or cold dying eggs, the following web site has some interesting ideas that can render beautiful results:
In The Kitchen - Colouring Easter eggs with dyes found in nature.

The She Knows web site also has some good ideas and focuses on keeping eggs safe to eat during the dying process and the Sunday morning egg hunt.

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