Re: [sig] period Slavic superstitions/pysanka
Onion skin - bright yellow to red (depends how long you let them boil -
if you want some fun take a bit of glue and paste on leaves & flowers to
the out side (let the glue dry), wrap them in cheese cloth & boil away
for enough time to get the eggs yellow (5min or less) - you will end up
with a white leaf shape, and variations in the yellow where the cheese
Beet Juice - bright red (but it will rub off).... do not boil the egg
use the picking juice from pickled beets.
Black Tea leaves - Tans and browns, boil the egg in tea that's left from
the night before.
I know we (my family) got a green one year but I don't recall with
what... Green onion (should be yellow)? - maybe spinach (slightly
Inky cap mushrooms when they get to old to eat make a really good black.
I haven't had a chance to try this on eggs - they didn't come up this
year - it was to dry- but you can paint with the stuff. I wouldn't eat
it though since it's a sort of slime produced by the decaying mushroom
(the mushroom is safe to eat).
These are ones I remember off the of of my head. I should have more when
I call my mom tonight.
I recall trying cabbage but I didn't get the same colour you did - I
think it was just a brown, like the tea.
I do know that these dyes are going to change subtly with the water
composition in an area. (could explain the onion dye difference - I
never got the brilliant red that you did).