update - I am reposting this because it is time to start saving those onion skins!! I'm going to make a new batch this year so check back to see what I come up with OR sign up for my newsletter (in the column on the right) or follow me on instagram
Have you ever dyed eggs with onion skins? Not only is it Eco-friendly, and creates the most gorgeous shade of red, its just so science experimenty cool.
After they are colored - I etch them with an old scratch board tool. These three were done - 18 years or so ago! - left uncracked the insides dry out and it sounds like a marble is inside.
My designs are: Owl and the Pussycat, a maiden on horseback stopping a dragon, and a chicken wearing a ribbon that says " which came first" : )
Yesterday I dyed a new batch and hope to etch them tomorrow. Here's how I do it - ( Ive heard red cabbages makes a beautiful blue dye - got to try that!!)
All it takes is:
1/4 cup vinegar,
1 quart h2o
and the SKINS from about 15 yellow onions (yes yellow!! this makes red, trust me)
Put all three in a pot and bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 min.
After that, strain the skins - some people let the dye cool, but I am way too impatient for that !
In go the eggs and bring to boil again.
Then shut off the heat and let them sit - the longer they sit, the deeper the red.
Now you are ready to etch in a design - be careful not to poke through the shell, use care to scratch away and reveal the white.
Have fun! Show me how you did by posting a photo on instagram and tagging me!!
Leaving big globs of OIL paint on the palette is fine - you can come back later and it is still usable...
Which is one of the many reasons I LOVE oils but sometimes I do use acrylics for their speedy dry time and all that leftover paint on the palette cannot be saved... Who can live with all that waste?
Not this granddaughter of a depression era woman who made her own clothes and curtains, canned her own home grown fruits and veg. and saved all her rubber bands in a jar on the window sill. Wasting perfectly good paint would have annoyed her and it annoys me too.
THOU SHALL NOT WASTE PAINT.
So I started taking the old paint and brushing and smearing it onto extra panels that were just lying about. Not paying any attention to what it looked like - just building layers.
After a while, actual paintings started to emerge and now its just part of my studio process.
close ups below
After a while these panels were starting to look like actual contemporary art and I like them.
So don't let that extra paint go to waste! Turn it into abstract art!