Patricia Newell-Dunkley
Accomplished Artist, Writer and Poet

Synopsis for Artistic Egg Decorating

SYNOPSIS

Artistic Egg Decorating is a complete guide on how to cut and hinge an egg, covering the area of single and multiple cuts, lining, painting, beading, gilding and all types of decoration on natural egg shell, Styrofoam, porcelain and other ovoid forms. It has thirty-nine illustrated and completed eggs with a caption list of names and full description, and twelve images of original designs, all carried out by the author available on C.D.

There is a simple step-by-step instruction for each egg with easy to follow guidelines. A chapter on decoupage and tissue paper. gold leaf, silver leaf, rollgold, and precious and semi-precious gemstones. Famous jewellers. Birthstones and signs of the Zodiac. A chapter on traditional folk art covering European techniques, Ukranian Pysanka wax resist. Chocolate Easter eggs. Manmade porcelain eggs for decoration. Finally a chapter on the intricate art of Faberge eggs, examining the master’s techniques and methods since he played such a significant role in the art of decorated eggs.

The word count is 43,440. The book has great visual potential and is a work of art for the illustrated eggs alone. The subject has wide appeal to both adults and children and is not expensive, it has been written in a way that is easy to follow. There are many egg craft supply stores available and egg craft guilds around the world. Egg decorating is a fascinating and pleasurable pastime, and one that can be constantly changing, with Easter bringing all forms of eggs into focus each year. The book is written with verve and imagination, and is sure to hold the reader’s interest covering the subject with obvious pleasure and knowledge.


THE INTRODUCTION

Covers the history since the 13th century as folk art, and the various countries around the world that still practice this art form. Fabergé, Court Jeweller to Czar Alexander III, is featured along with a brief analysis of the forty-nine Imperial Eggs in existence. A breakdown of the types of eggs which are used - the most popular - and the easiest to start with are discussed. How to clean and blow the egg and suppliers of eggs ready for use. Decorating eggs without hinging and the ability for children and adults to make this an absorbing pastime.

CHAPTER ONE

Materials required with a discussion of the various eggs. Chicken, duck, turkey, goose, emu, ostrich, rhea, and their durability and popularity. Egg shapes in general. Power tools, scissors, razor, syringe, miscellaneous needs, glue, varnish etc. A comprehensive list of decoration, silks, satins, ribbons, velvet, coloured inks, decals, postage stamps, découpage, and egg stands.

CHAPTER TWO

How to cut, hinge and line an egg with step-by step, black and white illustrations and easy to follow directions. Handy hints for beginners.

CHAPTER THREE

Ten single-cut goose eggs with full description of the decoration of each one, with step-by-step instructions on how it has been carried out, plus a photograph of the completed piece. Each egg is named.

CHAPTER FOUR

Three two-cut goose eggs with guidelines and the full description of the cuts and how the decoration was achieved, plus a photograph of the named work.

CHAPTER FIVE

Five three-cut goose eggs with full details of the decoration on each one, and the procedure for carrying out multi-cuts, with named photographs.

CHAPTER SIX

A four open-cut goose egg with the description of decoration and suggestions for a layered look, plus named photograph.

CHAPTER SEVEN

Two-door cut emu egg with outline of the decoration, and some facts about the emu egg and its versatility, with named photograph.

CHAPTER EIGHT

Two single-cut-envelope-style ostrich eggs with the full description of decoration and a general discussion on the ostrich egg and its use, plus named photographs.

CHAPTER NINE

Two single-half-cut goose eggs, and a general discussion on decorated eggs that can be held in the hand, and for people to handle, plus named photographs.

CHAPTER TEN

An open-lattice cut goose egg with the description of sculpture and how to achieve the best results for this technique plus named photographs.

CHAPTER ELEVEN

This chapter covers decorating small eggs such as chicken, duck, and bantam, with gold and silver paint, coloured glitter, and silver frost, pearls, paint and ribbon in a simple fashion for the use as table-top decoration, in a basket, or a floral arrangement, with photographs.

CHAPTER TWELVE

The art of beading eggs. A full discussion on beading with examples of various designs on a variety of eggs; duck, goose, emu, and how to accomplish the project, with photographs.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Decorating Styrofoam or Polystyrene eggs with sequins and beads as pin art, showing named photographs.

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Découpage with a brief history and the use of various types of eggs. Natural, wooden and Styrofoam. The techniques with paper cutouts, tissue paper, and serviettes, plus photographs.

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

Gold leaf, silver leaf, rollgold, and precious and semi-precious gemstones. Gilding techniques and materials with a touch of history. Famous jewellers. Birthstones. Signs of the Zodiac. Birthday stones and Birthday flowers. Luxury items, with photographs.

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Traditional European folk art, covering Russian techniques and history. Polish Pisanka eggs. Naklejanki or Nalepianki art form. Polish Pisanki. Romanian painted Easter eggs. German techniques and innovations, the Easter bunny and Easter basket. Ukranian Pysanka wax resist Batik method. Photographs of original egg designs.

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

History of the chocolate Easter egg in the 19th century and the discovery of the chocolate bean 3000 years ago and its use to the present day. A simple how-to recipe for a chocolate egg.

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

Discussing the history of decorated porcelain eggs and Limoges shapes and the use of decals.

CHAPTER NINETEEN

The intricate art of Fabergé eggs discusses these deluxe objects in depth, starting with the first egg produced in 1885. This chapter includes the history of the eggs and who they were first given to and where they are now. The material used including dazzling jewels, and the surprises hidden in the eggs. This is a unique, long, and very interesting chapter for egg decorators which will help them to understand the subject.


The book has great visual potential and is a work of art for the illustrated eggs alone. The subject has wide appeal to both adults and children and is not expensive. It has been written in such a way that is easy to follow with photographs to work from. There are many egg craft supply stores available in UK and around the world with a large following in America.

Egg decorating is a fascinating and pleasurable pastime, and one that can be constantly changing, with Easter bringing all forms of eggs into focus each year. The book is written with verve and imagination, and is very easy to follow.

Useful Societies:

International Egg Art Guild

The Egg Crafters Guild of Great Britain



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