Colors of Easter

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Happy belated Easter!

Having been lured by the subtle beauty of colored eggs, I decided this year to dive in and color a few. I haven’t dyed Easter eggs since I was seven or eight years old. It was in Phoenix; my best friend’s mom bought us an Easter egg decorating kit, plastic pastel baskets and a bag of plastic grass. She spread newspapers and paper towels over her kitchen table as her two daughters and I dipped our hard boiled eggs into cups of colored water. I remembered there were decals and a big mess afterwards. As a child I wasn’t that interested with coloring eggs; I much preferred the plastic variety that contained chocolates.

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Perhaps now I can better appreciate the simple beauty of the eggs’ plain white shell morphing into happy spring colors. Hence, on Easter, I laid several layers of paper over my kitchen table and plastic wrap for the drying station (nope, I don’t own a proper drying rack). What fascinated me the most about the dying process was how the pores of the shells enlarged to absorb the colors and then diminished once dried.

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While the eggs were drying, I dyed some strips of paper just to see how they would turn out.

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Hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday, spending time with family, friends, or enjoying your own company.

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All images © 2013 Sriprae P. McDonald

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4 thoughts on “Colors of Easter

    • Thank you, Shelley. 🙂 Indeed! The colors turned out delightfully. When I shelled the eggs some of them displayed lovely pale colored streaks. Very mod in design. Perhaps next time I’ll crack the shells just a wee bit before dipping them into the colors. 🙂

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