Learn to dye and print eggs using plants and food scraps. Create beautiful colors from common foods, and bundle eggs with leaves to create unique prints. No dyeing experience needed! Participants will walk away with a PDF tutorial for dyeing eggs at home, as well as several dyed eggs (as many as you want to dye!) All dyeing methods are food-safe, and eggs can be hard-boiled or raw.
Participants can expect to make 6+ eggs in the time provided, and many more on your own after the workshop has ended. We will go over the method and bundle some eggs together, but you can dye as many as your supplies and dye quantity allow! Eggs can be dyed a solid color without printing, but cannot be printed without dyeing.
This workshop is held over Zoom and is expected to last about 90 minutes. A Zoom account is not required to participate, but a strong internet connection will ensure that you have the best experience. Since the dye process will take several hours, we will not be able to un-veil our creations at the end of the workshop. Instead, I will encourage participants to send me photos and messages which I will share with the group the following day.
Participants are required to gather their own materials and supplies. Dyes should be made ahead of time using detailed PDF instructions, which will be provided 2 weeks in advance. See below an overview of supplies needed, but look for more details to come in the PDF.
Recommended ages: 8 to adult (young learners should be supervised by a parent or guardian, and may need help boiling ingredients for dye)
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Supplies needed for dyeing:
- Eggs: White or any color (the color of the egg will affect the color of dyeing)
- Food scraps such as onion skins (yellow or red), red cabbage, ground coffee, avocado pits or skins.
- White vinegar
- Sauce pots for simmering dye materials (one per dye color)
- Tall containers such as quart mason jars or tall plastic take-out contairs (one per dye color)
Supplies needed for printing:
- Sheer nylons/pantyhose in any condition (runs or small holes are fine), 1-2 pairs.
- Wire twist-ties, optional
- Fresh leaves and plants (if it’s too wintery outside, try herbs or carrot tops). Houseplants are not recommended, as many are toxic.