egg-dyeing party

Image captured hand-held 4/23/11, 10:39pm • Canon 5D, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM • 34mm, f/2.8, 1/30sec, ISO 1250 • minor adjustments made in Adobe Lightroom 2

Image captured hand-held 4/23/11, 10:39pm • Canon 5D, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM • 34mm, f/2.8, 1/30sec, ISO 1250 • minor adjustments made in Adobe Lightroom 2

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On April 23, which was the day before Easter, Chad and I went to our friend Dimitri's house for an Easter Egg-dyeing party.

We had a blast! Dimitri taught us how he and his Father have always dyed eggs in Russia.

The evening was complete with meeting several new friends, tea, cookies, and traditional Russian Easter music in the background. The process proved to be artistic, festive AND very therapeutic...

We repeatedly "branded" our eggs with little hot-waxed wire shapes we had made. After dunking the waxed egg in dye, you add another layer of wax shapes to dunk again in a different color. Each dunking preserves the previous dyed color on the egg. You end up with little intricate patterns of color.

Beautiful! It's surely a tradition Chad and I will now adopt. Can't wait to do it again next year! ...Plus, now that we have the hang of the technique, we're anxious to raise our level of creativity!