I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Afternoon on a Hill"

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Squeaky's Easter Eggs

Squeaky is really going all out for Easter. She hasn't laid any eggs for at least five or six months and all of a sudden she has been producing an egg a day. What a girl!! Go Squeaky!
Squeaky is my beautiful little Bantam hen that holds her own in a world of great big Road Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks and Ameraucanas. Her only ally , Henny Penny, left us for the big coup in the sky and, other than our Bantam Rooster, she is all by her wee chicken self.
So the last two weeks she has decided to give it all she's got and  produce the most beautiful little eggs that she can. They are a pale brownish pink and perfect in every way.
The diminutive eggs are so beautiful that I felt I should honor her efforts.
A few nights ago, I worked on  her eggs, decorating them with paint, QuikWood epoxy putty and  splashes of gold.
I sponged acrylic paint on some, but one of them was left natural.
 I used a technique that I learned in the workshop a few weeks back and made some "fabric" that draped over the egg like a shroud.  I used acrylic paint to add some color to the dried putty, which is a very neutral light gray/brown. The epoxy putty sets up within twenty minutes to a half hour, so you have to shape  and distress it as soon as possible. I put a piece of the putty on the bottom of the egg so it could stand on its own and I sank a small jewelry link into the top (before the putty hardened up) so the egg could be hung too.
The next egg was the result of an accident.
I broke one of the eggs when I was blowing out the insides (the whites and yokes) and almost threw it into the compost. But I thought, "What if I set a whole egg inside the broken one."
 I call it "Resurrected" and edged the broken piece with gold. That would be in keeping with  Easter and I was able to use the broken egg.
I like this one a lot.

 I made a face with the putty and a mold I bought a few years ago. Again, I sponged the egg first, very lightly, using the putty to fill in around the face with hair and small stones. She's pretty and peaceful looking.

Kind of Easter meets American Indian meets New Age spirit.
I need to clean up her face. I got some paint on it and it dried on her chin and neck. This is one nice thing about the wood putty. Once it's dry you can sand it, cut it or paint it as much as you want. I will just scrape off the orangey color and touch it up.
 I did another "shroud" egg. This time I did sponge the egg and even added a little gilded sponging on top of the color.
This draping was done in blue tones. I like the contrast.
After I finished the eggs I wanted to do more of them. There were no little eggs that were blown out and ready, so I found a small gourd and went to work. This was great practice using the QuikWood. I made vines and some flowers that looked like lilies.
This gourd was discolored and dark so it needed some painting. I sponged brown, purple and gold on the surface and let it dry. I speed up the drying time by using a hair dryer.
Then I used the OuikWood to shape the vines and lilies. The glass leaves are easy to find in a bead store or Michael's, etc.
 The letters are from an alphabet mold. I let them dry until they were almost hard and then pressed them into a new, soft piece of putty and pushed it onto the bottom of the gourd. Then the gourd was given a whisper of gold gleam with an almost dry brush and  there you have it...
 This photo above was before I painted the vines. This is the natural color of the putty. It's quite pretty without any paint or gilding. But, it's fun to add some color and make the vines stand out . I'm learning how to layer the color so that it looks natural. I'm still cautious about painting anything. It's a slow process, but the more I do it, the more confident I become.

Squeaky's Easter Eggs... and this little, unassuming gourd.
All ready for Easter Sunday... all dressed up in their finest.
I will have to show Squeaky her eggs now that I have decorated them. She will be proud. She may not show her appreciating but I will show them to her anyway. I will give her some extra luttuce for breakfast tomorrow.
I have a couple of new Squeaker eggs and a few blue and brown eggs, but I've run out of the QuikWood. I found some online and it will be here next week. Maybe I will try something different with the larger eggs. Maybe I will use some fabric this time or a paper collage... OR... felt them a little scarf and hang some moss on them.
 Who knows...
Squeaky had gifted me with possibilities.
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A note... I blow the eggs out into a bowl and have scrambled eggs for breakfast. Here is a good site that explains how to blow out an egg. I also like to shake the egg after I break the yolk. The insides seen to blow out easier. Then I try to fill the big end with water, holding my finger over the smaller hole, shake it again, and blow out again.
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6 comments:

Jan Ely said...

Go Squeaky, go! Lay like you've never laid before! Her eggs are gorgeous both natural and adorned with your talent. I NEED some of that Quikwood -- I must get your source! I want to make a fairy house from an old log and it needs a door.

gz said...

Beautiful face.

That blue egg is SO blue!!

Tina Dawn said...

Great artistic endeavors! I agree with Jan, need some Quikwood! Need to fix the handle on an old art deco vanity. It would work great. Love T

Charming Baglady said...

LOVELY!!! ~Dawn

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I thought the broken egg would have made a good Humpty Dumpty! That quick wood is really fun stuff...will have to try it. Man, you sure are one busy farmlady...no wonder those weeds are growing so big...you're too busy in the henhouse! Lovely work, as always...Squeaky will be proud.

Roslyn said...

What a clever creative lady you are! My favorite too is the resurrection egg!