Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Egg: ‎"the earth laughs in flowers." — Ralph Waldo Emerso n

I saw this quote this morning from my friend Jackie on Facebook that I loved (Houston friends should visit her shop: Mariposa Flowers.)  I thought it was totally appropriate to the subject of the Friday egg.

‎"the earth laughs in flowers." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks for the great quote, Jackie!

Big Announcement today:  I will be participating in the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar!  I am very excited to be a part of this Austin tradition, while at the same time being completely freaked out by how big the show is!  It is a 10-day art show at the Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin that goes from December 15 to Christmas Eve, December 24th and is open each day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Live music daily, food and drinks;  it's going to be tremendous fun. You can check out the music schedule here.  I have been busily getting my storefront set up for the show, and am really looking forward to being done with the preparations and getting on with the SHOW!

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for:  FRIDAY EGG!

Today I want to show you how a simple change in color scheme can dramatically alter the mood and feel of a design.  The first design was done starting with a white goose egg.  I chose bright colors and a black background to make the flowers really pop.  Next to the egg is a second egg I did where I started with a dyed-black goose egg, then washed it back down to white and proceeded with dyeing approximately the same colors as I did on the black background egg.  When I was done, I etched the eggshell back down to white so that the outlines would stand out.

Isn't the contrast interesting?  One is a sweet floral, the other is a 1960's hippie extravaganza (this descriptor came from a co-volunteer I work with at the Harry Ransom Center - thanks Lysa!)

Sweet Floral
1960's Hippie Extravaganza

Do you have one you prefer?  I really like both of them for different reasons, so I am finding it hard to choose. 

Happy Friday!

P.S.  The Susan G. Komen Ostrich egg is up in the Holiday House Easter Room!  And the Ebay auction is up and running, with all proceeds going to directly to the Susan Komen Foundation.  Please take a look and bid for it!

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