Kid-Friendly Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

April 18, 2014 • Vicki Kuskowski • Leave a reply

My family is gearing up for decorating eggs this Saturday and everyone is excited. We are headed to my parents house. I usually dye eggs in a very standard fashion: food coloring, vinegar, hot water. Steep them in the concoction for a shorter period of time for light colors, longer for dark. I love the “recipes” on the back of the McCormick Food Coloring boxes. “Salmon” used to be my favorite shade to die eggs growing up. Last year we kicked it up a notch with the neon food coloring.

Here are some fun, kid-friendly ideas I found while doing some Easter egg researching this week. I’ll let you know if we wind up using any of these techniques. Hopefully they will inspire you and your family!

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-Water color Easter eggs from spoonforkbacon–reminds me of handmade Italian paper.

-Tattoo Eggs! from Tattly, though you can probably do these with any temporary tattoos.

-Découpage Eggs from Fireflies & Mudpies. Forgo real eggs for papier-mâché eggs and bust out the mod podge!

-Use stickers to create patterns, from Creative Connections for Kids–simple, easy, pretty.

-Marbled Kool-Aid Easter Eggs from The Artful Parent. I never knew you could dye eggs with Kool Aid!

So many fun things to try!

Color Science: Why Are Flamingos Pink?

April 13, 2014 • Vicki Kuskowski • Leave a reply

Brilliant color is found everywhere, across the web through hex values, on printing presses in the form of vibrant inks, in photographic prints and on canvas, but it is truly amazing when seen in nature. Think of gorgeous tropical fishes and startlingly fresh sunsets full of oranges and purples. Our pretty-in-pink Flamingo print, just launched this week, got me thinking about natural beauty and color, and looking at these long, lean, quirky birds begs a scientific question…

Why are flamingos pink?

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We are used to brilliant feather colors on birds–cardinals, blue jays, robins with their red breasts, but a bright pink flamingo is quite a sight. Their bodies can range from pale pink, to hot pink, to rick coral and bright orange. Apparently, flamingos are pink due to a chemical process that happens in their body based on the food they eat. Without their unique diet, their feathers would be gray or white, but they eat algea and crustaceans that are full of pigments called carotenoids. These carotenoids get broken down by their liver, then deposited all over their body–in their feathers, bill, etc. The more algae a flamingo eats, the richer its color will be.

It’s actually the very same reason why a baby’s skin may look orange during the first months that he or starts on solid foods! Often the first solid foods offered to a baby are things like carrots and sweet potatoes, which are full of beta carotene. These foods can tint a baby’s skin if he is eating a lot of them. So if your little one is looking a little orange in the cheeks, start adding some more green beans to his diet…

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Just another fun bit of color science. We hope this inspires you to check out our Flamingo print! And also be sure to take a look at our Flamingo Fling Pinterest Board (where the photos above were found).