Friday, April 22, 2011

Interview on local station

Did an interview this morning with Bettie Cross of KEYE-TV about Pysanky and here it is! I think it turned out okay.  It was nerve wracking!

Good Friday Egg: and Earth Day, too!

Happy Good Friday to everyone today!  Looks like another busy Easter weekend for me:  I have a TV interview with KEYE scheduled for 9 a.m. today (if you are in Austin, look for it on their 4 to 5 p.m. news show!), one demonstration today at the Neill-Cochran House for their annual Egg-Dye-O-Rama from noon to 4 p.m. and then my Artworks sale and demonstration on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.  I hope that you can make it out to one or the other (or both!)  And of course, family is coming from out of town and we are hosting Easter dinner at our house - lots of cleaning to do!

Friday Egg today is a red egg.  Red eggs are an Eastern European Easter tradition.  Here's my take:

If your are interested in buying this egg, I listed it in my Etsy shop:

Happy Friday and Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Any plans for Good Friday?

Here's where I will be:

Neill-Cochran House Museum for the Egg-Dye-O-Rama! It is a fun event (and free) - we spend the day decorating eggs in all kinds of ways and then they are all given to the kids staying at the Dell Children's Museum over Easter. They do ask that you call to make a reservation to ensure that there are enough eggshells for everyone.

And if you've never seen the house, it is just beautiful.  Take a look at the flickr gallery.

 I can't think of a better way to spend a Friday afternoon!!

One of my eggs is featured on today!

Monday, April 18, 2011

But when do you put on the decal?

My friend Lydia has seen pictures of these eggs for several months finally asked me, "Is it ink or paint?" When I am doing shows, many people ask me if these are stickers or decals or if I have a stencil I use to put the designs on.  I realize that I should post a general idea of how these beautiful eggs are made.  No ink or paint, no stencils or shortcuts, each one of these eggs are created using a batik process with beeswax and dyes.  I prepared the following presentation for my Christmas show.  It plays on continuous loop on an eframe.  Sometimes it is easier to show than tell, and with this tutorial (which I borrowed from a tutorial I posted last year), I am able to explain the process with pictures.  So without further ado:  Here's how I make these eggs!

There is no step three!  I mis-numbered these steps and skipped the number three, but I hope you can ignore my error and move right on to Step Four: