I can vividly remember the anticipation I felt each year as Easter approached and I knew it was almost time to color Easter eggs. I can still picture my mother preparing the glass cups with a solution of water, food coloring, and vinegar (which made the colors more vibrant). You can read more about the science behind adding vinegar to egg dye here.
I remember patiently waiting as the egg sat in the dye solution suspended on those wire octagon shaped egg holders that made it more enticing to lift up the egg and take a peek at the changing hue. Back then we only had red, yellow and blue food coloring, so half the fun was mixing colors to produce magnificent secondary colors such as purple, orange, and green. I'm sure we ended up with a lot of grayish brown eggs from over mixing the colors.
My mother's family owned a dairy when I was young, so we always had a several dozen of eggs to dye each Easter. We eventually adapted another egg dying technique that became popular in the 1970's. This fun new way of dying eggs required more technique and a lot more adult supervision. The dyes were oil based and could cause a permanent mess. The oil dyes were dropped into a glass bowl of cold water in combinations of 1 - 4 different colors. Then using a wire egg dipper, you would slowly immerse the egg in circular rotations into the water producing beautiful swirled colors that could resemble a piece of art. I was so proud of every swirled egg masterpiece I produced.
Now days, the different techniques used to decorate Easter eggs are endless. There are so many innovative people out there that have shared their creative egg designs via the internet. Here are some egg decorating techniques that I believe anyone would enjoy adding to their Easter egg dying traditions.