Hello everybody!!!! As promised here is our easter themed blog!

In Lithuania we paint eggs in different colours and use a few different techniques. Today we experimented using natural ingredients to get the colors that you would normally get through using dye. Not all of it worked out but the result is great 🙂 And this is how we got there…

The colors that we tried to get were: green – using spinach, blue – blueberries, yellow – turmeric, orange – paprika, brown – instant coffee. To get the colors we obtained we blanched the spinach for 15 mins (even though this one didn’t really work), boiled the blueberries for 15 minute, the paprika and turmeric you pretty much have to just bring to the boil and the instant coffee is a really strong coffee blend. Add the teaspoon of vinegar to make the colors deeper. It all depends on how a strong colour you wish to have, we didn’t want bright un-natural colours, more relaxed colours. So if you want stronger colours you will just have to adjust quantities. When our green didn’t work out we put our eggs in yellow first and then in to the blue. Also it is better to use eggs that are paler in colour. The lighter the shell the easier the colour takes.

When Gaila was back home her mum used old tight, cut them into squares. They will be used to wrap the egg.

 Collect a few small plants from your garden.

The idea here is to transfer the print of the plant onto the egg.

Secure it with a thread and make sure it’s very tight all around.

  

  

 

 

 

 

To get things rolling we hard-boiled 4 eggs. These would be the ones you will see later that we use wax on. All the other eggs are raw! Put the cooked ones to the side to cool down, we will use these later.

Now as we were making the dyes we cooked the eggs in the dye as we went, and as there is only 2 of us we only cooked 2 of each colour

We boiled for 10 minutes then placed the eggs into jars (or pint glasses, we don’t have a great deal of jars as you can see).

Leave in the dye, the stronger the colour on the egg the longer you have to leave it inside the dye. Now boys and girls, for the next part, you will need to melt some wax, we used a simple candle shaved onto a jar lid and heated on our stove.

We used a pin stuck into the end of a pencil (we are very flash in our house!) to draw the wax onto the egg. This was Trevs first time doing this. Using this method you can layer the colours and design.

When layering draw your first design of wax, then soak in the dye (which is now cold) for 20 minutes depending on the strength of colour, pat dry with kitchen roll, apply next layer of wax, soak in different colour dye. You can go on as much as you want really, but just be aware which colours your mixing together. When you finished scrape the wax of with a little knife (be careful not to scrape the dye). Put some oil on a kitchen roll and rub your eggs to make them all shiny.

Happy Easter Everybody!

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