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Egg-celent colors for Easter
Easter eggs get a fashionable makeover this season
 
Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014
by Special to The Post

This season’s Easter eggs are getting a makeover with a wide variety of new color palettes, designs and dyeing techniques, including a painting method that achieves a watercolor effect.

“With our new colors and design tips, it’s easy to make fashionable Easter eggs,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “Plus, it’s fun to experiment with different color combinations you can’t get from a kit – like our take on Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year.”

Create new colors

To create vibrant dyes inspired by must-have spring colors, mix food color with 1/2 cup of hot water and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Submerge eggs for at least five minutes:

• Radiant Orchid – 7 drops blue, 3 drops neon purple

• Hemlock – 3 drops blue, 12 drops green, 6 drops yellow

• Cayenne – 14 drops red, 1 drop blue, 1 drop yellow

• Dazzling Blue – 20 drops neon blue, 1 drop neon purple

• Violet Tulip – 2 drops red, 20 drops blue

• Freesia – 1 drop red, 45 drops yellow (25 drops=1/4 teaspoon)

• Celosia Orange – 2 drops red, 17 drops yellow

• Placid Blue – 4 drops blue

Dazzling egg dyeing tips

This Easter, design eggs that will look too good to just hide in baskets and can actually be incorporated as part of your seasonal décor by dyeing them in complementary colors and arranging them in vases or bowls that can double as eye-catching centerpieces.

* Paint: To create mini works of art, mix food color and 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar in a small container. Paint hard-cooked eggs with a small paintbrush or cotton swab to create a watercolor effect

• Stripes: Before dyeing, place rubber bands on the eggs to create a design. Once dry, remove the rubber bands to reveal the pattern.

• Marbled: Mix 1/4 cup of boiling water, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon of oil and 4 to 8 drops of food color in a shallow bowl. Gently roll each egg in the mixture for about 30 seconds, or until it is the desired shade. Transfer the egg to a second color mixture and repeat the process. Allow the egg to dry then wipe away excess oil with a paper towel.

• Two-Tone or three-color eggs: Dip top half of a hard-cooked egg in one color and the bottom half in another. Or, dip each half of the egg in the color for different lengths of time, creating different shades of the same color for an ombre effect.

Add personality

Customize your eggs before dyeing with these fun ideas:

• Place stickers – such as dots, chicks or other springtime favorites – on the eggs to create a design. Once dry, remove stickers to see your masterpiece.

• Draw zigzags, swirls or pictures on eggs with a light-colored crayon before dyeing. Or write your guests’ initials on the eggs for Easter brunch place cards.

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