Easter eggs, Easter eggs!
For this year’s Easter party, we set up a larger table for egg decorations.
Chris tried something new this year: he dyed an egg black, laid down a wax pattern, and then soaked the egg in a bleach bath to remove all the dye except where the wax protected it. Then, having created black outlines on a white shell, he went on to color the rest of the egg with regular dye and wax steps. Cool!
Toshi was fascinated, having never experienced an Easter party before, and tried his hand at pysanky.
Mami commented that Ukrainian pysanky seemed similar to Okinawan bingata in that both use resist-dyeing methods, although one is on eggs and the other on fabric. She decided to give it a try.
I used the same wax-removal setup as last year, except that I had Chris put a corrugated cardboard layer over the drying rack’s nails instead of the paper towels and foil that we’d had before. It worked great and absorbed all the molten wax without any drips. I was a little shaky with the drill this year, though, and made a few small cracks around the holes. It turned out OK, although I had to take a little more care when blowing the eggs.
This is what Chris’s bleached egg looked like when it was finished.
Chris also did a tumbling-blocks design that was way better than the yellow-and-orange one I’d tried last year. His color selection was great! I love these subtle shades of blue.
Chris was really on a roll that day. His third egg used one of his favorite patterns — I’ve seen him used this same design on two or three other art projects.
Pat’s first egg was a dramatic black with neon-bright colors. Wow!
John gave it a try, too. He did one for Tommy that came out great.
Takako thought for a while, and then created this careful design.
Jayson decided that the triangles idea was a good one, and came up with this yellow-and-blue egg.
Julie stayed with the floral theme she’d started last year, but expanded her palette and used three different dyes.
Caroline created this linked-chains pattern.
I spent a lot of time helping other people with their eggs, but I did manage to sit down and do one myself. I initially intended to re-create the 48-triangle egg I’d done a couple of years ago, but I got mixed up and ended up doing something related but quite distinct.
And of course, we had an egg hunt afterwards.
Anybody want another egg salad sandwich?