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Easter Art Party: Pollock Eggs

Nikole Nelson

Photo by Nurry Kwon

Photo by Nurry Kwon

Spring is in the air and Easter is upon us. This month I took my inspiration from the queen of crafty herself: Martha Stewart. With a few custom touches, a splash of fun and lots of messy fingers, an Easter Art Party was born. My 3 year old son Koa and 6 of his buddies dove right in. It was the perfect exploration of texture and color and can be adapted for any age group. By taking your average panty dry good, food coloring and a little imagination you can create your own Pollock egg experience. A few tips to help you make your project a success:

Get outside. It gets messy. We used blue painters tape to secure the cups during preparation and protect against the natural elements (very windy day).

If working with children gauge your audience and their attention span. You want to set yourself up for success - I pre-dyed all the eggs giving them a base color.

You're going to need a lot of food coloring - I used 4 boxes in total with 7 dozen eggs. Get creative and mix custom colors. Periodically add food coloring to the dry goods - just enough to keep them damp.

Use foods that are white - they look more dynamic and exciting when dyed.

Beans are the best! Kidney beans, black eyed peas, small white beans - the food coloring stays damp longer. 

The size of the food makes a difference in the texture pattern - make sure to vary sizes so your final product is visually interesting and irregular. 

Items like peanuts and sunflower seeds take a lot of food coloring. They absorb and dry quickly. I did like how these materials provided a more subtle pattern which is why I included them for our kids. 

Above all don’t be afraid to experiment and get dirty! Happy dying and a hui hou!