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How to Make Incredibly Artistic Easter Eggs

April 6, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Seattle 0 Comments

How to Make Incredibly Artistic Easter Eggs

This is the time of year when people begin thinking about their Easter preparations.  Pretty dresses, cute little suits, frilly shoes, and snappy bow-ties abound.  Every shopping center has a vast array of chocolates and furry toys while every church advertises their weekly sermons.  There are a variety of culinary arts creations popping up all over the Web just waiting for us. And the kids?  Well, most especially look forward to the hunting of the eggs.

An ancient culinary arts ritual driven by the hunter-gather within us all, hunting Easter Eggs has become a time-honored tradition in much of the Western world.  Indeed, many of the same kids who will not eat eggs in any form at home will scarf down a brightly colored egg with the voraciousness of a hungry wolf.  Why?...in large part, because it’s what is expected.  We hunt, we kill, and we eat.  It is really that simple to the male mind.  To the female mind, however, the gatherer instinct typically drives the hunt in another direction.  The female tends to gather, or collect the eggs for later consumption, much as the ancient gatherers collected similar foodstuffs for the family and tribe. 

Another interesting aspect to this ritual is the fact that the more brightly colored or fancy the eggs, the more appealing they become to the hunter/gatherer, just as it was thousands of years ago when hunting antelope or berries.  Clearly it is important to make your eggs far more visually appealing, more artistic.  With this in mind, consider the following 6 ways to make incredibly artistic Easter eggs.

One of the most important things to remember, however, is to involve the kids in the painting.  This is a chance for them to shine and show their artistic side.  And of course, it’s part of the fun. What better way to appeal to their artistic side? Also, involving them in the whole process may appeal to their culinary arts interests as well! The great thing is that you never know what might spark their interests early on and perhaps involving them in these types of activities may open their eyes to the fun of cooking and food decorating. With so many great Seattle culinary schools in the area, it would be one great passion to someday pursue!

6 ways to make incredibly artistic Easter eggs

  1. Faces – Many kids love to draw people, animals and faces.  Why not on the eggs, colored or not?
  2. Water colors – Water colors are good for dipping the eggs, a little at a time in differing colors to create layered effects and circular colored lines.
  3. Acrylic – A good paint to use if you want to add a serious image of some kind to the eggs.  It adheres well to the surface of the egg and is generally non-toxic (be sure to check the label). 
  4. Paper Machete – Try taking a little soft machete paper and wood glue to the eggs, pinching small dimples out on the surface.  Allow to dry and the egg now has a very uneven surface with which to work.  Who knows what your kids will create with these? 
  5. Confetti – I don’t know why, but something changes when the egg does not contain egg, but rather, confetti.  In the border towns of Mexico, families drain and use their eggs all year by making a small hole in the top, clean them out with water, and save them until Easter.  Then, as a family, they add tiny pieces of paper confetti, cover with tissue paper (with glue), and paint them.  For some reason, people tend to get far more creative in groups and when the eggs are mini-piñatas.
  6. Glitter – Spray the eggs with a non-toxic adhesive and roll them in a bag of glitter.  Pretty, but be sure to clean well before eating.

The most important things to remember when making incredibly artistic Easter eggs is to have fun and do it as a group.  Do this, and your eggs are sure to dazzle. Creativity is the key hear and who knows perhaps your kids will love it so much that Seattle culinary schools will be in your future!

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary
Arts in Seattle offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs in the Seattle, Washington area.
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