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Pysanski Tangle Easter Eggs? Zentangle Inspired Pysanski Eggs? Pysangle Easter Eggs!
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 03/22/2012 - 21:33
Combining Pysanski with Zentangle inspired designs! I loved the idea! Wish it had been mine! But not my idea.
Of course this meant I would be blowing out more eggs - not exactly my favorite task - but I will tell you that I am getting much better at it!!
Fair warning! These are my prototypes so you get to see the good, the bad and the almost ugly results - as well as all my imperfections and a little side trip off the path to visit another idea that popped up while I was tangling! But - as most of you know by now, I am here to inspire and teach. And perfection is not the end game!
You may remember that my Faux Pysanski eggs were created on brown eggs to sort of imply the overall dyed effect of Pysanski. However, since filling in the colorful areas with black ink darkens the designs considerably, I decided to try white eggs as well.
Actually I wasn't expecting to like the white eggs - white and black eggs don't work for me. But with the addition of color - well - I find I prefer the white eggs!
There is really no big secret technique to reveal! Anyone armed with a set of Sharpies, a led pencil and a few blown out eggs can do this.
Here is a link to a site that provides lots of Pysanski designs for you to play with. When I provided this link last year, I was not aware that you can click through and see the design being drawn step by step! You may find this feature helpful.
And here are links to places where you might find some Zentangle design inspiration: 1. Zentangle- Zentangle: 2. TeriC Flickr page of her amazing Zentangles: 3. Zentangle Harmony site; and last but not least 4. Flickr home for Tangle Harmony 2012 Tangle Journal - don't miss seeing what these artists are doing with the templates. Worth a trip! Really!
Added after post date: Suzanne from TinkeredArt left a comment this morning. ( I had lost her in my big lost reader fiasco last summer.) Here is a link to her wonderful blog for more Zentangle inspiration - TinkeredArt. And on her side bar you will find another great resource: TanglePatterns.
Important note: Since I was planning to add the tangle designs, I tried to keep my Pysanski designs fairly simple. (You can see in the case of the blue/green egg just how mucked up things can get if too many Pysanski designs are employed.)
Before drawing your designs, you might want to refer to the "ole rubber band trick" in the Faux Pysanski post for the technique for dividing an egg into sections - you can see my lines faintly in the image above.
Once the sections are in place and your design is drawn on the egg surface with a pencil, use Sharpies to color in the design elements. The ink will probably not go on perfectly, but this isn't a huge problem - especially once the tangles are added.
I did notice that I could go over the colored area again if I wished for more intensity but it is almost impossible to get the color completely smooth and even.
Once the color is applied, outline the colored areas with a black sharpie and begin tangling to your heart's content!
I learned a couple tricks! It is easier to make a dotted line straight than it is a solid line straight!
And I learned when I did attempt a solid line, I could cover most errors, wiggles or stray lines by adding a little border of some kind!
Below - the front and sides of the other eggs in the basket.
Note: The last egg is a bit of a departure from the theme! I was working on the Concho Easter Cross at the same time and must have had a little crossover inspiration going on! All I can say about the experience of the brown and turquoise egg is that imperfect as it is, making it increased my respect for the skills of American Indian silversmiths and pottery makers 1,000 fold.
And it is a lovely and welcome reminder of home on my Easter tree.
So - without further adieu - or words - the rest of the story!
I hope something here will get your own muses fired up!I would love to see what you come up with!
You might also like to try this same technique on gourds. You will find a complete "how-to" here.