Eggs Over Easy: Creative Decorating Techniques

Dyed Easter eggs are pretty common this time of year, and chances are that you've tried that art project somewhere between the ages of 4 and 14, so let's look at other creative ways to decorate this little superfood in a great package.

Candle Dripped
Candle dripped eggs have a nice effect to them, and are a good introduction to more advanced egg decorating traditions. The candle dripped eggs are dripped with hot wax, allowed to cool, and then dyed. You can add more wax dripped layers between dyed colors to create layers of dripped color peeking through, and then melt the wax off when the eggs have dried.

Batik also uses wax relief painting techniques, but this approach, traditional in many Slavic countries and known as pysanky, is much more precise than dripped eggs. It incorporates very exact placement of hot wax with a stylus or some other fine tipped tool to create the design.

Applique is a fun approach to decorating eggs: you can use anything, as long as it will adhere to the egg's surface with some good quality glue.

If you're more of a crafty needle arts kind of person, check out the embroidery technique for decorating eggs. Yes: embroidery! Use the right tools for this oneódelicacy is key!

Despite from being the oldest egg decorating technique known (60,000 years old, if you can believe it), scratched eggs are relatively rare when it comes to decoration. Slovenian eggs decorators use a scratching technique known as drsanka, which employs a pointed instrument to carefully scratch designs into the eggshell.