Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Love eating eggs? Don't break the shells!

I have been to the National Library and came across some very interesting books. They are about decorating eggs. Like me, if you think that painting eggs are for the Christians and only a traditional Easter day activity, some of the facts I have picked up from reading "Painted Eggs" by Heidi Haupt-Battaglia will surprise you.

Do you know that if you chill an egg after boiling it, it will eventually shrink and dry out in the course of a few years to become as hard as glass? Other than painting them, they can be etched, engraved and waxed for batik technique. You can also dye it with chemical, colour run off from fabric, or natural dye from boiling onion peel for 1 hour, plant, coffee or tea infusion.

Writer Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell shows you in her, "The Decorative Egg Book", how you can decorate it with beads, paper cuttings, leaf stencils, wire, bleach, glittery decoupage and all purpose resin.

To stand and display your creation, you can place it on top of a ring or on top of a box of suitable grains, such as, legumes larger than peas. You can also attach a hook to it and hang it up with a ribbon.

If I have generated an interest to start a hobby painting eggs and going to the library is a hassle, then try googling "easter egg how to" or "wikihow easter egg". These are what I have discovered:

"How to Create Swirled Easter Eggs"

Like to read up more about "How to Decorate Easter Eggs" before you start? If you need some practice before working on the real thing, you can try it out virtually.

Need decorative ideas and inspiration? See what creators from all over America have delivered to the white House for display this year.

So, now you can save some trees. Instead of using paper the next time you want to draw, consider not breaking the next egg that you are going to eat.

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