Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Third batch of Ukrainian eggs for 2013

     This is the third batch, hot off the egging bench for 2013. These eggs are done with the traditional Ukrainian symbols, and colors. There are rams, horses and deer to symbolize wealth and prosperity. There is a rooster, symbolizing fertility and wish fulfillment. Along with that, grapes and wheat, for an abundant harvest. Also included, are butterflies for renewal of life as well as the symbol for resurrection, crosses, a Church, and the fish which came to symbolize early Christianity. There is an egg with forty triangles representing the Trinity, as well as the 40 days of Lent. There are also suns, stars and meandering lines for life, growth and eternity, and flowers for love, charity and good will. Lastly, a Trypillian egg with natural earth colors and a spiral meandering design which predates Christianity, signifying the cycle of life.
     Just a reminder that my first Ukrainian egg demonstration is this Saturday, March 2nd, at "Artists' Mediums" in Williston, VT, from 12:00pm-2:00pm. You may also purchase Ukrainian egg decorating supplies from them if you'd like to give it a whirl after watching my demonstration!
     The last three demos are as follows:

Saturday, March 9th at "Art on Main" in Bristol, Vt from 11:00am-1:00pm

Saturday, March 16th at the " Drawing Board", Art Supply Store in Montpelier,VT from 12:00pm-2:00pm. The Drawing Board also carries Ukrainian Egg decorating supplies!

Saturday, March 23rd at "Frog Hollow Craft Gallery" on Church Street, Burlington, VT from 12:00pm-3:00pm

I hope that many will come out and learn about this wonderful art, and perhaps even try it!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Second batch of Ukrainian eggs for 2013

     Hot off the bench! And with a new puppy ( resting for now ) at my feet! This particular batch was done on very light beige eggs compliments of Rob Hunter, Manager at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Thanks, Rob! They were fun to work on. The background color of the egg gives the design a slight antique patina. I had fun designing the "Doll eggs", as my daughter has dubbed them while taking a photo for me. I thought they resembled Russian Nesting dolls, myself. These eggs were alot of work, and took much longer to do! I had to hand-paint the faces with the egg dye and a paint brush- much like a watercolor, and then wax over it and continue on with the clothing and decoration (a lot of paisley in the background)!
     We are coming up on my first Ukrainian Egg Demonstration for 2013 very soon, and I am getting ready! I hope to see you at Artists' Mediums in Williston on Saturday, March 2nd, from 12-2:00pm!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

First batch of Ukrainian eggs for 2013 and Egg Decorating Demonstration Schedules

     The first eighteen eggs, hot out of the unwaxing oven. I decided not to spray them with Golden's Archival varnish with UVLS gloss protective coating until they had been photographed. This reduces the shiny hot spots that I was getting in the photos. I had my daughter photograph this batch for me. It's good practice for her since she has decided to pursue photography.    
      I think my favorites from this batch would have to be the paisley eggs. These are great for people who are not confident with the accuracy of the geometric eggs. These are more free form, and there's not really a wrong way to do them. You just need to repeat the shape in varying sizes and fill up the spaces. I like to keep them to a minimum of three colors in the same color family.
     All of these eggs have been blown prior to decorating. For the unwaxing, I mentioned the above oven method because it's a lot faster, and I can do multiple eggs at the same time. I use an old cookie sheet and a paper egg carton lined with pieces of paper towel. I place the whole thing in a cold oven, and heat to 195 degrees F. I put the cookie sheet on the lowest rack and when I open the door to wipe the melted wax off the eggs, I place an old kitchen towel down on the oven door. Why? Because when handling the eggs, they become slippery as you take them out of the egg carton to wipe them down. No doubt, these little devils will pop out of your hand and land on the oven door and break, thus the towel. I have lost a few this way until I got a little wiser. I will go around the paper carton and pick up each egg and give it a wipe with a paper towel, and when you can't wipe off any more wax and it is still sticky, I put that one down again and go onto the next one. I close the oven door and let it go another 5 minutes (let the oven do most of the work for you) and wipe each egg down again. It usually takes me three trips around the egg carton before I get all the eggs dewaxed and smooth to the touch. You will want to cool them down before you give them their glossy spray coat, or as mentioned above, taking pictures of them for your records.
     For those of you who would like to see the process from start to finish, a gentle reminder of the schedule for my Ukrainian egg demonstrations for 2013:

March 2nd, 12pm-2pm at Artists' Mediums*, Art Supply Store- Williston, Vermont

March 9th, 11am-1pm at Art on Main Gallery, Bristol, Vermont

March 16th, 12pm-2pm at The Drawing Board*, Art Supply Store- Montpelier, Vermont

March 23rd, 12pm-3pm at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery, Burlington, Vermont

 All of these demonstrations are free and open to the public!

*You will find Ukrainian Egg Decorating Supplies at both of these fine establishments! Good luck, and Good egging!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ukrainian egg demonstrations by Precision Studio for March of 2013

It's that time of year again....and I have Ukrainian Egg demonstrations booked for the first four Saturdays in March of 2013.  They are as follows:

 Saturday, March 2nd from 12:00pm-2:00pm at Artists' Mediums in Williston, Vermont.

Saturday, March 9th from 11:00am-1:00pm at Art on Main in Bristol, Vermont.

Saturday, March 16th, 12:00pm-2:00pm at the Drawing Board in Montpelier, Vermont

Saturday, March 23rd from 12:00pm-3:00pm at Frog Hollow Gallery, Church Street, Burlington, Vermont.

All of these wonderful establishments are hosting these Ukrainian Egg Demos free and open to the public! I hope to see you all there!