Happy (Easter) Monday everyone! If you want to find out how to make decoupage Easter eggs with paper napkins or how to cook eggs in wine to dye them in a natural way, you've come to the right place. Today I'm going to share with you my decoupage Easter eggs technique & more, so scroll down and let's get this party started.
My Easter outfit isn't terribly original, I'm afraid. It turned out cute enough for my liking, but to be honest, I didn't think much about what I'm going to wear for Easter. In the end, I opted for a vintage dress and a vintage sweater to match. I must have worn this vintage dress at least a dozen times. Lately, I often find myself reaching for vintage clothes. If you want, you can check out some of my old outfits featuring this lovely vintage dress here, here and here. Being that it was still cold, I wore a leather jacket over this ensemble, but you won't see it in this post. I did take some outdoor photographs, but they just didn't make the cut. As much as would like to include all the photographs that I take and find interesting in my posts, it seems better to turn to editing to make my posts more reader friendly.
This year I opted for two different egg dying/decorating techniques. I'm always looking for natural and nontoxic way to colour/dye the eggs. This year I have tried dying eggs in wine for the first time! Fortunately it all went well and the eggs turned out fantastic. I'm very happy to have given this technique a try, my only regret is that I didn't try it out sooner. Another all natural dying technique popular in this region is dyeing eggs by cooking them in onion peels. I love this one as well! Have a look at my post (here) from last year if you want to see how to dye eggs by cooking them in onion peels. Besides the above mentioned natural dyeing egg technique, I also did decoupage eggs. I have been doing decoupage eggs for years now, and I would recommend it to everyone. Honestly, it's a very simple and easy way to decorate eggs.
NON TOXIC TRADITIONAL DYEING EASTER EGG TECHNIQUES-RED WINE
What do you need to make red wine coloured eggs? You need only two things: eggs and red wine. Now, the amount of wine you're going to use will depends on the amount of eggs you want to dye. I used a litre of wine and it was enough for more than a dozen eggs. Basically, what you need is for the wine to cover the eggs you're dyeing this way. The amount you're going to use depends on you.
The recipe for eggs coloured/dyed with red wine that I have tried out this year:
1. Soak the eggs in red wine (the recipe I used didn't say how long so I just soaked them for just five minutes)
2. Cook the eggs in a cooking pot for 30 minutes
3. Leave the eggs to cool in wine for 12 hours (perhaps the most practical way is to leave them during the night)
4. Take them out, place them on a napkin and leave them to dry.
Decoupage eggs are obviously not a completely natural and tradiotional way to decorate way, but I'm pretty certain they are not toxic, at least if you do it the way I do it. How do I do it? Before I get to that, let me tell you what you will need for decoupage eggs, alright?
What you need for decoupage Easter eggs are three things:
1. Napkins with a cute pattern. ( You don't need special napkins for decoupage, in fact those napkins that are meant to be used as ordinary napkins are probably safer as they are more likely to be tested for toxic paints)
2. An egg white
3. A painting brush (optional).
DECOUPAGE EGG TECHNIQUE USING EGG WHITE AS AN ADHESIVE
Before you start your decoupage work, you'll need to take the paper napkin and remove the two layers out of three. You need only one layer, the one that contains the print or pattern you want to use. Cut or tear the paper napkins you have selected for this project. Ideally, they should have a nice pattern. You can choose whatever you like. I have chosen a bird print and I'm happy I did because I can't get tired of it. (In fact, I had these bird print paper napkins for ages. I picked them up in DM and I've used them for more DIY projects that I can count. Here is a link to my decoupage box project that I did using this bird print napkin.)
The next thing you need to do is apply the egg white on the eggs and start applying the paper napkin bits to it. I find it easier and quicker to do when I'm using a painting brush. If you don't have a brush, you can use your hands. Once you have applied the paper napkin to the eggs, leave them to dry. That's all! I said it was pretty easy, didn't I? You can cover entire eggs with patterns cut out (or torn) from paper napkins or you can just add a small cut out of a desired print. Anyhow, I think this is much healthier option that buying Easter egg stickers. I mean there is nothing toxic about an egg white, right?
Besides cleaning and decorating my home, this Easter weekend I was also working on improving my drawing and painting skills. No rest for the wicked. Well, I hope I'm not that wicked, but I'm wickedly addicted to art projects. I have a lot of art that I would like to share with you, but today I'll settle for one fashion illustration. We'll finish on that note. I hope you had a lovely (Easter) weekend! My weekend went pretty well. Truth be told, I have been feeling a bit down for the last few days due to my health situation, but I'm trying to turn my mood around. Thank you for reading and have a fantastic week ahead!
|My fashion drawing + digital effects|
|A fashion illustration, medium coloured pencils and markers on paper|