This week, the challenge over at IamtheDiva is to Zentangle an egg shape – or maybe even Zentangle an egg! Well, I wanted to put in my two cents about eggs, actually more like five cents.
Many thousands of years ago, when I was middle-aged, I discovered polymer clay (long story in and of itself, but not relevant here). At the time I was doing art in many different media: Acrylic paints, Oils, original needleworks, strange concoctions with tissue paper, the list goes on -- endlessly. But when I discovered polymer clay, everything else fell away. I loved it! I could do so much with it: decorate anything you could heat up in an oven, sculpture of all kinds, pet portraits you could wear as broaches, even painting pictures with clay! For over ten solid years I did nothing but polymer clay. It was wonderful.
Anyway, one of the things I used to love most was covering egg (real eggs) with clay. I was pretty good at it (she said modestly) and did a lot of them. Here is one that uses mokume gane.
In many cultures, eggs have a spiritual meaning. They represent the obvious: beginning, innocence, hope, redemption. And eggs, especially polymer clay eggs, are sensual to hold. So I made lots and lots of them.
One form of decoration fascinated me the most. It’s called the medallion design. In many ways it is similar to a Mandala. Here is an example of a Medallion egg:
Both of these pictures were taken against a mirror, so you can see just a bit of the other side of them.
Back to the Challenge. The Diva has called for a Zentangle Egg. I comply. Here is my effort to add to the collection.