Wednesday, March 3, 2010
A long forgotten Art!!!!
Once upon a time there was a tiny egg. Nothing special about it until my muse brought it to me and insisted that I do something with it. Upon turning the egg over and over in my hand I finally asked her what she wanted done...she in turn whispered...Make it something unique!!
Until I started doing my Easter sculpts this year,I had not thought about this art form for a very long time. It popped back into the fore front when I did my Vintage White Rabbit. Do you see the eggs she is holding? Those are painted and then covered in tiny, tiny glass beads. Some call this type of bead, German Glass. Years ago a very sweet woman that lived across the street from us taught me how to make the most beautifully decorated eggs and yes, she used
German glass. She would take an egg (a real one that had been blown..the insides removed) and glue prints of flowers, butterflies and whatever whatnots she had at the time. She would get these prints from tissue paper, paper napkins or even from a magazine. (a very old magazine where the pictures were just sephia...she would color them in with watercolors.) She would cut out which ones she wanted and then carefully and gently glue them onto the egg. After they had time to dry she would put on another coat of a glue mixture and roll them in the glass. The end result was just breathtaking. Eggs made to last forever in beauty!!
This is what my muse wanted me to do. It has been a very long time since this lesson and I think I did a good job with the tiny eggs you see in the photo above. I'm now working with doing this art on larger eggs. Not blown ones as this clumsy artist could never get the hang of doing that. Instead I am using paper mache ones. I'm using for my cut outs to decorate the eggs vintage prints. I'm so excited to be making these again. They are lovely and unique. I will be posting photos soon....this art takes awhile to complete and somethings just can't be rushed. I hope you will check back with me to see these lovely pieces.
Until next time....