App Review: Egg Dyeing 101 from Martha Stewart Living

Category: Lifestyle
Price: $0.99
TiP Rating: 5/5
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Version: 1.0
Languages: English
Seller: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Link to app

App Store Description: Find great ideas by the dozen in this brand-new app with signature Martha Stewart style. This spring, go beyond the familiar and create extraordinary eggs. With the swipe of your finger, browse a gallery of 101 eggs, each one more charming than the last–and fun to make for both kids and adults. See one you want to make? Tap it to reveal our detailed how-tos, complete with step-by-step photos or video. Make eggs embellished with flowers, lace, or monograms. Eggs awash in swirls, speckles, or spots. Eggs that look like animals (including the Easter bunny!)–and many more. Sophisticated or cute, surprising or classic, all these eggs are easy and impressive. It’s everything you need to celebrate spring. So what are you waiting for? Time to get cracking!

Summary: The craft editors over at Martha Stewart Living have put together a nice little app featuring a dozen different ways to decorate eggs. This app features a gallery of 101 pretty eggs, how-tos for the various techniques, color mixing information, and other helpful info. Many of the designs are more geared to grown-ups, but there are some kid-friendly ideas too.

Review: Leave it to Martha to come up with an elegant, grown-up version of Easter egg dyeing. The craft editors over at Martha Stewart Living have put together a nice little app featuring a dozen different ways to decorate eggs by dipping, masking, marbelizing, stenciling, sponging, glitterning, embossing, and embellishing.

For your inspiration there is a gallery of 101 impeccably perfect decorated eggs. Find one you like? Touch “How-to” in the upper right to view instructions for the technique, or save it for later by adding to your favorites.

The “basics” section gives you the know-how for making your eggcellent creation, starting with the basic dye recipe using McCormick food colorings and a color chart so you can mix just the right shade. There’s an egg glossary which talks about using eggs of different sizes and colors for different effects, and an instructional video to learn how to blow out the egg so you can keep the decorated shell for long term. Finally, there are easy instructions for making a foam pin board to dry your eggs on, and a list of sources so you can easily find the tools used.

Growing up I only ever used those Paas kits, so I really enjoyed all the different ways to decorate an egg. My favorite method is using common office supplies to mask areas of color — for example round reinforcements for whimsical  polka dots, or gold stars for a cosmic egg — and art supplies like crayons and glitter. While these ideas are oriented more for adults than children, the fingerprint designs and animal creations are sure to please the little ones.

True to Martha style, this is a tidy little app. The layout is clear and organized, the instructions easy to understand, and the results are beautiful. The only thing I don’t like about it is the icon which is totally meh. All around, it’s very well done and I give it a big recommend.

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