It will come as no surprise that I'm not really into the imagery of Easter. In fact, I mostly hate it. I mean...I like spring (a lot), I'm into finding stuff, and I definitely like candy, but all the nauseating Paas (Paaseating?) chickens and bunnies, the pastel colors, and the bows (what about Easter recollects bows?) don't do much for me.
But...I absolutely love dying Easter eggs. Always have, since I was a kid. I imagine it's because my parents were both teachers that worked in the summer as well, so spring break was the only time we all had off, so Easter egg-dying usually happened while traveling and brought along its excitement. I don't much like eating hard-boiled eggs straight up, but I never don't want to do it, and secretly love it when someone with kids asks me over in the spring to bust out the white vinegar and the little tablets and get to drawing with that white crayon!
So, I hit the craft and design blogosphere determined to find some contemporary artistic options for this years eggs...
Neon Dip-Dyed Eggs Dipped paint and ombre effects are everywhere in 2012, so Courtney came up with a way to recreate the effect to the original dip-dyed art: colored eggs.
Doodle Eggs Crafter Alisa Burke opted for a simple black Sharpie marker to make her eggs last year. If you trust your drawing skills, these are likely my favorite of the bunch.
Dot Design This CMYK approach was achieved with a basic resist stencil made from adhesive vinyl and swabbing the exposed shell with undiluted food coloring
Minimalist These all-white, textural eggs were made using that 80s craft staple, puff paint. Who knew it could be relevant?
Vegetable-Dyed & Stenciled Lastly, here's a technique I came up with for naturally dyed eggs using homemade vegetable dyes and some fun stencil patterns. This was the first how-to video I ever made, four years ago. Man, I'm old.