Blow Painting Easter eggs are easy, and the effect can be modern and spectacular. I learned that technique from my friend Robert Rutledge, who is a professor of astrophysics at McGill University and a renowned expert on poutine (a Quebec dish made of French fries topped with cheddar cheese curds and gravy). Bob had been interviewed by the New York Times and CNN about his quest for the ultimate poutine.
Bob did his blow painting technique last year at a friend’s Easter brunch. I was so impressed that I asked him to share with us how to do it.
- Start with a solid color egg, either its natural white, or a previously dyed color.
- Take a small plastic food coloring bottle, and place a half a drop on the egg.
- Then, hold the egg with thumb and forefinger, cup your other hand around the back to minimize splatters, bring your lips very close to the egg surface, and blow, hard. This will push the food coloring around the egg in tiny fingers. You can do 1, 2 or three colors, letting the dye dry on the egg in between new colors.
- After it dries completely, rub the egg with olive oil for a shiny finish.
It sounds and seems simple to do. Have fun make your own blow painted eggs this Easter.