Egg dying for Easter

  
I had a great time dying my eggs today for Easter. I focused mainly on a blue and red color scheme and used the traditional method of using food coloring and vinegar. Of course I don’t do anything the plain old boring way. But I started with fresh white eggs 

  I boiled them and used vinegar in the water to thin the shell and made them more receptive to the food coloring. Once they had boiled for about ten minutes I ran them under ice cold water to cool the. I got this batch of cage free, organic white eggs at our local Safeway grocery store this morning. Many of the shells were broken but I decided to embrace the cracks and incorporate that into the design of my eggs. 

  
Using various methods I dropped color, soaked some and dipped others into baths of colored vinegar mixed with food color. By leaving them in longer I achieved darker richer colors. Some I only just dunked quickly for a light tint of color. 

  This one was dipped in light orchid colored vinegar and then I dropped a few drops of concentrated color directly on the shell. 
  By leaving it in dye for longer and changing positions of the egg I achieved different effects. This egg also has the print left from where I laid a napkin on to soak up some color leaving a lighter layover of pattern. 
  Here are a few close up photos of my favorite but ones. I love the contrast of the blood red one. I tried to use religious symbolism through the collection of eggs from the cross to the blood of Jesus.  
 
This egg was created by soaking a paper towel in vinegar, folding it several times, creating the cross patern on th tissue…then I wrapped the paper tool around the egg and covered with plastic wrap while the stain too effect. It came out cool! 

   
You can see the deca-cake brand food coloring box in the background. You really should use gloves when handing dyes but I always seem to forget! 

  

 
After I dyed my eggs I used the vinegar and food coloring to dye this yard. The green one I call “artist self portrait.”  
 Here are the blue egg dyed yarns in a bag off color to sit over night…perhaps for days until I get around to rinse, hang, and dry it! 

  
I hope you enjoyed my Easter Egg post! God bless America and watch after her in these hard times. Thank you Jesus for dying for us, without you only death but with you eternal life! Amen! 

-Dominique Barrentine 

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Megan Nedds: The Fantastic Fiber Artist


Please let me introduce you to the amazing and fantastic fiber artist, Megan Nedds. She is truly inspiring to me. As I looked through her portfolio of life like creations my jaw dropped! I couldn’t believe how realistic these needle felted animals are. Megan is a magnificent artist! I am really excited to share her work here on my blog. She has so many amazing felted creations it’s hard to know where to start.


This is Clementine the alpaca. She is one of the many fiber animals artists will use for their wool. I loved that Megan chose to create a replica of these important and valuable creatures. I can just imagine the smell of the soft new wool Clementine, the young alpaca cria must have. (Wow! I just learned the word for a baby alpaca is a cria. I had to look it up:)


I was first taken aback by Megan Nedds life like birds. Lola, the green-macaw is so beautiful with a majestic wingspan. I’ve always loved birds since I was a child, especially bright colorful ones like these felt sculptures. I can tell that this artist is a bird lover and a true animal lover. She has an amazing eye!


Look how cute and lifelike Oliver, the Budgie is as he perches like a pet bird on Megan’s finger. The details that go into each one of these lovingly made masterpieces are so intricate and accurate. I just adore all of her birds! Here are just a few more of her birds of many varieties:


I was also particularly drawn to her owls. Has anyone else ever noticed how popular owls and birds in general seem to be these days? The textile birds from a few years ago comes to mind. I have artist friends that devote their time solely on birds.
Here are a couple adorable owls. I call them adorable but in reality owls are actually predator animals. They have even been known to attack humans from time to time especially for getting too close to a nest. If you seen an owl nesting do not disturb it. The owls talons are sharp and these dangerous birds usually go for the eyes and the back of the neck even when you flee. Adorable!


This is Vincent the snowy owl. He stands ten and a half inches tall with beautiful “feathers” and golden glowing eyes,

And this is Glenn, the snowy owl. One of her largest creations, Glenn is a whopping eighteen inches tall! Wow! That’s a big bird.


Moving on from birds let me introduce Donatello the gray wolf. What is striking to me about him are his strong features and the careful blending in the different tones of his fur.
As you can tell from these photos all of the felted animals can be posed due to their wire frames. They would be excellent for drawing reference in any art studio or decoration in the home of an animal lover.


I find it stunning how these wolves seem to look right at you. Whenever I see a wolf I think of my sister who is perhaps part wolf. She has always loved wolves and collects many wolf related things. Anyone with a similar collection would be thrilled to receive one of these one of a kind creations.


Megan’s collection of past works is very extensive. As far as I can tell most of these are custom pieces. She can offer quotes for custom pieces if you wanted to have a personalized item done and also answer any questions on Facebook. She has many wolves and other kinds of dogs as well. Check out this one!


Bailey is a shepherd and coonhound mix with expressive chocolate colored eyes. I can’t imagine how special it would be to memorialize a pet and this way. Even after they’ve died you would still have something to remember them by. I could see the statues being almost like stuffed animals for grown-ups and artists of all ages alike!


Megan Nedds seems to do an excellent job capturing facial expressions on the faces of these dogs. It really is the little details that make the dog come too life. Check out the little pads on the bottom of his feet. Kaltag is a smiling husky dog and I just love him! Don’t you?


Aww and sweet chocolate Cody with piercing blue eyes. These dogs just blow my mind!

Here are some more various dogs and wolves for you to admire.


Pictured here are some more wolves! Each one is posed in a different position. You have Midnight, Malachi, Kyle, and Dakota. I wish I could collect them all to have a whole pack of wolves together. These would be so cool to make old style animated movies with! 

If you are more of a cat person maybe you would prefer Harrison or Coco Puff, the cats. I love how she poses her animals in ways that capture their character. Look at Coco Puff as she playfully dances for an imaginary toy. Harrison the cat looks so snuggly with his patchy orange fur and that look that just screams, “Pick me UP MEOW!”


How precious and soft these felt creations are! I just want to collect them all and pet the soft fibers. This bunny, Banjo, is the cutest thing ever!

I love how each one has such a personal feel. They are all named and clearly lovingly made. The variety of creatures she has posted on her Facebook page is amazing.

The Woolen Wagon Facebook page for artist Megan Nedds
Wow, check out these African elephants! Megan Nedds has created many elephants of various sizes and types. My favorites are these two young calfs.


Look for her online now for more of the adorable animals and amazing creations, exotic Tigers to playful kittens and everything in between. To see her entire portfolio I urge you to check out, Megan Nedds on Facebook

Megan Nedds Facebook
And her etsy store!

The Woolen Wagon Etsy Store
And her WordPress Blog!

Megan Nedds WordPress
Thank You Megan for creating such magical art. I’m sure these animals bring joy to each and every customer you have. Thank you, Megan, for your passion for the animals and also for the charity work you do.

Right now if you purchase from her a donation will be made for a little baby’s heart surgery.

Check out Zoey’s Heart page also on Facebook

Charity for Baby Zoey’s Heart
Megan also shares images of the creation process and how she hand felts each part of her animals. She teaches others how to needle felt and is an inspiration to all of us artists that admire her!
Thank you Kris Hyland Kolb, Megan’s art teacher for your comment and also for taking this great photo of Megan. I love how this shot captures the artist’s personality alongside her work. 
Thanks again to Megan Nedds. I’ve really enjoyed your art so much!

-Dominique Barrentine

My Pop Culture Calendar

This is just a prototype I put together. It’s a little hectic and slightly random. I’m glad that I stopped when I did. I would love to know anyone’s thoughts. Would you buy this calendar? 

  This is the cover
  January
  February 
  March
  April
  May
  June
  July
  August
  September
  October
  November
  December

Hope you enjoyed my first art calendar! 

-Dominique Barrentine