Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I had an "egg-cellent" time this morning at WCAX Channel 3 with Keagan Harsha and Molly Smith in the wee hour of 6:25am (thanks guys- you kept me right on track!). It was a short segment about Ukrainian egg decorating and how they are made. A shout out to Cat for inviting me to the studio! I tried to fit in as much as I could in the time allotted. For those of you who missed it or are intrigued to see the elaborate process from start to finish, you are in luck!

My last Ukrainian egg demonstration for the Easter season will be at Frog Hollow Craft Center on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, March 24th  from 12:00pm-3:00pm. Come down, have a late breakfast or early lunch, do some shopping downtown, and come and see all of the other wonderful artisans who are represented at Frog Hollow with me! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

3rd batch of ukrainian eggs done for 2012

I have just finished the third batch of ukrainian chicken eggs. As you can see in the first photo, the fourteen eggs have been waxed and ready to be dipped in their respective dyes. There is a lot of detail on these eggs, as I have been using my extra fine electric kitska to add a large amount of the white of the egg that will remain untouched by each successive dye. It gives the eggs a very lacy impression. The middle photo shows one pullet egg in the batch next to a regular size chicken egg. These are really fun to do, as you have seen in my earlier blogs. The last photo are the finished eggs. I kept most of the eggs three colors plus the white of the egg since the designs were so busy. I'm not sure which colors are my favorite, but I have noticed that people really like the blue and white eggs quite a bit. The next batch on my work bench is a dozen animal and mixed geometric eggs that I will leave partially unfinished for the next egg demonstration- which reminds me to remind all of you-

I will be in Montpelier on Saturday, March 17th, on St. Patrick's day at the Drawing Board Art Supply Store from 12:00pm-2:00pm. The store is fun to browse around in and pick up art supplies and  ukrainian egg decorating kits if you'd like to try decorating some eggs (after I give you some helpful hints, of course). Come down and make a day of it! Montpelier has some great little specialty shops and some great restaurants. It's all good!

Friday, March 9, 2012

2nd batch of ukrainian eggs done

   Just finished the 2nd batch of ukrainian chicken eggs with the extra fine kitska tip. There's a lot of detail on those eggs- very lacy looking. I chose 2-3 colors and the white of the egg to keep the design from being overwhelming (well, more overwhelming than they already are). You'll notice there are 19 total. Why 19, you ask? Because one had cracks in the base that wasn't noticeable until dipped into it's second color. I guess it's true what they say, "Don't count all your eggs until they're safely out of the dye bath and on your varnish drying board." And even then, you still have to get them to your galleries in one piece!
   Which brings me to my next point....the first of my ukrainian egg demonstrations is happening this weekend, Saturday, March 10th, from 11:00am-2:00pm at Art on Main in Bristol. Come visit me at the gallery, have a little lunch at the Bobcat Cafe, do a little shopping at the gallery and downtown, visit my other favorite shop, Honey's all good!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Detail with extra fine kitska tip

Wow! It's fun to get out the extra fine tip for your electric kitska and really go nuts on some chicken eggs. Look at the detail you can achieve! It's nice when you are trying to carefully wax in small triangles and draw netting that is really fine without blowing the corner of a tight triangle or running the lines together and blurring everything. It is easier to use your extra fine tip with an egg that is relatively smooth on the surface, like a pullet, chicken or duck egg. It's a little trickier on a goose egg with some of the small bumpy surface area- but you can achieve it by taking it slowly, allowing the wax to come out in a nice solid bead. Be patient! It's worth it!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Clutch of Goose eggs finished!

Remember the earlier posting for the first waxing on goose eggs? Well, here they are! All finished! I took them off the varnish drying rack to take a photo of them for this post, but they will need one more good spray of Golden's Solvent-based Archival Varnish (which I get at Artists' Mediums because they are so close!) Note the egg in the foreground- a blue chicken! I did a whole series of chicken eggs based on blue chickens. It makes me giggle everytime I see them. It reminds me of the Poultry barn at the Champlain Valley Fair in August. I love chickens and like to see all the different varieties that are shown. And you guessed it- my favorite are the pastel-colored chickens that are pink, purple and blue. Giggle.