At the time, I had been working at Artists' Mediums art supply store, and one of my co-workers was having lunch in the staff room one day. We used to tease him, as his very lovely grandmother would pack his lunch for him everyday (what a wonderful thing to have a grandmother to spoil you)! One day, he pulled out a rather impressive lunch, but I had also noticed that he also had a lovely blue and white printed paper napkin. Quicker than he could wipe his mouth with it, I asked if I could swap him for a plain white napkin. I loved the print on it! It had a stylized Chinese peony and a triangular border. I thought it would translate beautifully on a goose egg. The background of the napkin was white, and the peonies and border were in different shades of blue. I decided that I would reverse the background or field color to a dark blue, and keep the flowers lighter than the background for a nice bit of contrast. Here is the first goose egg that I had tried without help of a Ukrainian Gift Shop design book. It took me a little bit to figure out how to wrap the design around the egg and the division to use. (Now be kind)
Did I mention that the co-worker that bought the goose egg ended up marrying the co-worker whose napkin was the jump start for this egg? Funny how that worked out! Anyways, here we go!
I use a silver quilter's pencil and a pencil grip that keeps the round pencil from rolling, and keeps my line flat.
At this point, I will acid etch back gently with vinegar and a small sponge. I just want to get the shell back to white again, so no need to do a deep etch like before. After I get all the extra blue color off, I rinse and pat dry and leave the egg to rest another 30 minutes.
It's at this point (which I call an "Artist's prerogative", that I decide to change the background color to give it an entirely different feel. Normally, I would have a tendency to dye the field of background color with something darker so that the design pops with contrast. Because I've used a dark blue outline, I really can't go any darker than a black, and that is not what I want. I decide to go the opposite way, and choose a light color for the field color. What do you suppose I chose? I am reminded of beautiful woven Chinese silks, and the color that comes to mind is a vibrant yellow. I think that it will set off those blues nicely, and give a different type of color "pop". So- into the UGS yellow dye it goes!
For photography purposes, I usually take the picture of the egg so that there is no bounce of light in the photo. Let me show you the dipping of the egg first:
And rotated slightly so that you can see the design repeats four times: