The long winter is finally over and everywhere you look, signs of spring are popping up. To celebrate this colorful season, we got together with some of Frederick’s craftiest locals for an egg decorating party. Each person brought their own unique style to the table, and the results were fabulously festive. Read on to see the “egg-cellent” creations from your favorite downtown folks. Leave a comment telling us which eggs you like best!
We began by hard boiling enough eggs for each attendee to have a good amount to work with, about six per person. Small ramekins and bowls dotted the table lined with a disposable tablecloth – easy clean up is a must for any craft party. To keep things simple we used traditional dye tablets as our base coloring, along with the extra goodies brought along by guests.
These simple black and white eggs were decorated by Sam Amberg, manager of Relish Decor boutique. The free-form designs are a combination of permanent marker and pops of gold paint. She was inspired to decorate without dye, instead focusing on geometric shapes and patterns which made her eggs stand out from the crowd.
To create a rainbow effect, Karolina Wilk – also from Relish Decor – dyed an egg in each available color. She let them soak in the dye for five minutes, turning frequently to make sure they colored evenly. Then she embellished them with simple Swiss dots using a sharpie marker as a decorative finish.
Sarah Kurtanich, owner of Taste Frederick and co-owner of Taste Gather Enjoy, had a sense of humor with her eggs. After applying a base coat of metallic paint in both gold and silver tones, she added mustache stickers as the funny finishing touch. She chose an emerald green egg crate to “stache” the eggs in, off-setting the cool color palette.
These glittering beauties were created by April Reardon, owner of Frederick’s Velvet Lounge Boutique. She selected three vibrant dye colors and used tonal shades of glitter to bring some glam to her eggs. We especially love the swirling sparkle patterns on the purple egg!
Maven Beauty Bar owner Rebecca Carrera put a sophisticated glam spin on traditional eggs with layers of gold leaf and pretty pastel shades. To adhere the gold, she used a modge-podge technique combined with gold glitter for extra shimmer. The pastel blue egg crate perfectly anchored the soft pink and blue hues of her eggs.
Local artist Mark Burrier, co-owner of Relish Decor and Treaty General Store, stuck to his creative roots when decorating these eggs. He was inspired by the “Winter Essentials” series he had recently completed for the Treaty blog and decided to create three different animals. To begin, he dyed each egg and then applied white paint while the egg was still wet. After they dried he was able to add his signature sharpie illustrations.
Sando Bernstein, author of The Daily Deelight food blog and co-founder of Taste Gather Enjoy, went with a watercolor palette accented by gold applique and decorative black details. She accomplished the ombre effect by placing the egg halfway into blue dye, holding for a few minutes, and then dyeing the other half with purple in the same manner. Gilded paint and washi tape adorned her eggs to give them a luxe finish.
These minimalist brown and white eggs were decorated by Hallie Burrier, co-owner of Relish Decor and Treaty General Store. She was the only person to use natural colored eggs which complemented her choice of matte white paint. The eggs were nestled in a hand thrown bowl that echoed the neutral color scheme, bringing her whole look together.
These lovely ladies were created by Jennifer Stillrich of Frederick’s vintage treasure trove, Venus on the Half Shell. With fashion as her muse, she used simple lines to create hairstyles and faces on the dyed eggs. Thanks to her chic designs, these gals were almost to pretty to eat!
Jessica Shaool, author of the lifestyle blog, jessicashaool.com (formerly Fat Vegan Baby), made these colorful gilded eggs. Pops of rich jewel tones were paired with gilded leaves, gold paint, and gold leaf. Cursive words adorned the front of her eggs, giving them a personalized touch.
Who knew eggs could look so fabulous? We had so much fun decorating together and seeing the uniquely creative styles that each person contributed. Let us know which collection is your favorite by leaving a comment below!