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05. Unleashing Creativity: Batik Egg Design - Mark E Malachowski - Thursday July 18th - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

In this interactive workshop, we'll journey outside our comfort zones to create original batik egg designs. Inspired by a mix of random items and images, you'll learn how to transform ordinary objects into extraordinary art.

Skill level:All levels welcome

Workshop Structure:

  1. First Half: Introduction to the design project and a surprise drawing activity. You'll receive a white box containing three random items and two sealed envelopes - one with an image and the other with a color chip. These elements will serve as your artistic muse. You'll sketch your designs on graph paper, refining as you go, with guidance from Mark throughout the process.

  2. Second Half: This session is dedicated to developing your batik egg design. We'll explore basic color theory and you'll choose a color scheme based on your color chip. Once your design is complete, you'll transfer it onto a goose egg, apply wax, and begin the dyeing process.

What to Bring:

  • Drawing pencils and ink pen (Zebra 401 recommended)
  • A goose egg (any size), optionally sanded
  • Craft/watercolor brushes – round tip (#2, 4, 6 or 8)
  • Electric Kistky with various tips and wax

Provided Materials:

  • Graph paper
  • White box with secret items
  • Two sealed envelopes containing a photo and a paint chip
  • Color charts, color wheel handouts, and project instructions

Remember the words of Vincent van Gogh: "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." Let's create something great together!

Maximum: 20 students

About Mark:

I am an artist and consider myself a painter but, like to explore and experiment with other mediums.  I have been designing my batik eggs since 2002 and been hosting weekend Batik Egg Workshops in Cleveland for many years.  Recently I’ve taken my workshops on the road with a couple “Pop Up Batik Egg Workshops”.  In October 2022, I hosted along with Linda Hupert the second annual “Pysanky On The River” batik egg event in Cleveland, Ohio and will be hosting POTR again in October 2024 with Linda Hupert. 

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