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Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs with Wax & Dye Paperback – June 30, 1998


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Many people are familiar with the brightly colored Ukranian eggs that appear at Easter time, but decorating eggs can be a year-round craft. Many decorated eggs are fragile works of art that are saved for years and are highly prized by their owners. Pollak's projects are an eclectic selection of designs from many cultures, all applied to eggshells by using a wax-and-dye technique similar to batik. They are wonderfully varied and include cut eggshell jewelry as well as whole decorated eggs.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jane Pollak is one of the northeast s foremost coaches of entrepreneurial women and a living example of how to turn a passion into a thriving business. A successful entrepreneur, public speaker, author, and business coach, Jane launched her professional career in an unlikely field: egg decoration. Having earned a Masters from Columbia Teachers College, Jane taught high school early on in her career. What began as a class project became a passion for pysanky -- the Ukranian word for eggs which have been written on. Jane s artistic talents and keen attention to the smallest detail were ideally suited for this precise, highly creative art form. Even so, there were times when the challenges of part-time entrepreneurship and motherhood -- Jane was raising three children in suburban Connecticut -- required real tenacity and perseverance. Jane s story is an odyssey that led her from remote craft fairs and customer rejections to an invitation to the White House and appearances on NBC s Today Show. National publications featured Jane s artwork as early as 1985, when her patchwork quilt eggs were showcased in the magazine Country Living. Since then, her work has appeared in the New York Times and other prominent publications. Currently, Jane lives in New York City. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (June 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806994134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806994130
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jane Pollak is a living example of how to turn a passion into a thriving business. Now a successful entrepreneur, public speaker, author and business coach, Jane launched her business career in the unlikely field of egg decoration!

With a Masters from Columbia University Teachers College, Jane taught high school for a short time. What started as a school project became a passion for pysanky - the Ukrainian word for "eggs which have been written on." Jane's artistic flair and attention to even the smallest detail allowed her to perfect her craft. However, there were times when the challenges of part-time entrepreneurship, while raising a family of three children in suburban Connecticut, required real tenacity and perseverance.

Jane's story is an odyssey that led her from remote crafts fairs and customer rejections to an invitation to the White House and appearances on NBC's Today Show. National publications started featuring Jane's artwork as early as 1985, when her patchwork quilt eggs appeared in Country Living Magazine. Since then, she has been written up by The New York Times and other prominent publications.

Once her youngest was off to school, Jane focused on developing her business while listening to motivational and business advice from the likes of Roger Dawson, Wayne Dyer and Brian Tracy. Her passion gradually shifted to coaching other creative professionals and helping them achieve greater success. In addition to being a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, she offers a unique vantage point because of her success in transforming her art into a profitable business.

The lessons Jane learned along the way led her to share her story and give advice to struggling entrepreneurs, traveling the country (and beyond). Jane joined the National Speakers Association in 1997, and published her book, "Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur" in 2001, which offers practical advice on business, marketing and goal setting. The Small Business Administration named Jane the 2002 Home-Based Business Advocate for all of New England.

Jane continues sharing inspirational, yet practical, lessons with creative professionals. In addition to coaching, speaking and blogging, she hosts Remarkable Women events to give women networking opportunities to encourage and motivate each other. In 2010 she re-released "Soul Proprietor" with updated lessons including how to pursue your dream during an economic downturn and how to use new technology to authentically promote your business.

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The book has great photos, lots of ideas, and guides the beginner step by step.
Nancy
This book is a great companion for making both traditional Ukrainian Easter Eggs and for bringing them into a modern interpretaion.
J. Abeywardena
I've been purchasing instructional books for 15 years and this one is by far the best I've ever read.
Pat Talley

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carma on February 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am just beginning with pysanky and this book has been a treasure trove! It begins with a brief history of the art, clear explanations and wonderful photos of the tools of the trade, and moves into very easy-to-follow instructions for making decorated eggs. Throughout, the book is filled with wonderful full-color photos of lovely eggs, sparking the imagination with possibilities. The waxing and dying process is documented clearly with photographs and explained fully in detailed step-by-step instructions for making a simple but stunning beginner's egg. Pollak always gives options, not just her preferred method of doing it, explaining the differences between traditional and modern tools, different ways of removing the wax and blowing the egg, etc. There is an entire chapter on playing with color and the effects of one color on top of another color, followed by a chapter on simple two-color designs. She encourages playing with design and color to see what happens! Next are chapters on traditional Ukrainian designs and symbolism, "quilting" on eggshells using patterns inspired by quilts, where to find inspiration for new and original decoration ideas (fabric, cultural images, modern art, etc), and finally, chapters on creating lovely eggshell jewelry and other nontraditional egg designs and uses (like bowls from ostrich eggs!). I would think this book would be as indispensable on the shelf of an experienced egg decorator as I know it is on my beginner's shelf! The only thing to be aware of is that this is NOT a pattern book. It gives clear instructions on how to do pysanky, step-by-step directions for one pattern, shows various design elements used in traditional Ukrainian eggs, and is filled with inspiring photos of finished eggs, but it does not have the patterns for those eggs.Read more ›
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2001
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This is a very nice and colorful guide, but I would not recommend it for the beginner. It does not go into detail about how to find the center point of the egg, nor how to divide the egg evenly. It has many color photos of beautiful eggs, but there is a lot of white space that could be used to show the reader how to develop the design and in what dye order to use for the best results. This book is a great supplement, but beginners should look elsewhere.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Pat Talley on April 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been purchasing instructional books for 15 years and this one is by far the best I've ever read. The instructions of the step by step process were clear and easy to follow. All my other friends that are interested in making these beautiful eggs are purchasing this book. I would highly recommend it's purchase.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jean Smith on July 20, 2000
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I was looking for a book that had the meaning and history of pysanky as well as design and technique. Jane Pollack gives it all! The pictures are beautiful. The technique is well illustrated and easy to follow and makes me believe even I can turn out some nice eggs. The variety of design is from Ukrainian to modern to make-up-you-own. As a quilter I enjoyed the many examples of quilts on eggs. She also includes how to make jewelry. I especially like the explanation of the symbolism of the traditional images. Great book, must own!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on November 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
First let me say that the color photographs throughout this book are simply amazing! I get excited to play around with the techniques just by looking at the pictures and what "could be". I'm a beginner at this but this book has really taken me a long way. There are pictures (in color) demonstrating the different techniques described. Tools are described and shown in pictures so when you go out looking for them you know what it should be. This book is all about using wax and dyes - the Ukranian style eggs. They turn out simply beautiful (ok, so mine look like beginners eggs - I just call them "primitives" :) The instructions in the chapter entitled "Decorating an Egg: From the Beginning" are excellent. Its very step-wise (eg in the sub-section dying the egg....Step 1, step 2 etc)The pictures in this chapter use a simple geometric design with the finished egg shown as well. The following chapters just step it up a notch in each - showing different traditional patterns/designs, "playing with color", and getting really advanced with things like making jewelry and eggs that open. (I'm still hanging out around chapters 1&2 but maybe I'll get to the rest of the ideas at some point.) Great book, great pictures that help with learning, and lots of fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on December 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great choice. The book has great photos, lots of ideas, and guides the beginner step by step. The book will continue to help you after you have mastered the art. It has great ideas and tips. The author addresses the beginner with easy inexpensive solutions, and the advanced egg decorator is presented with many options for advancing their techniques.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful, inspiring book. I got it for the cover picture and I have never regretted it. It contains lots of color pictures to inspire and the author truly knows her stuff and loves this art. One problem is finding supplies - she doesn't give resources. But I was able to find these on the web. Enjoy!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Abeywardena on February 2, 2000
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This book is a great companion for making both traditional Ukrainian Easter Eggs and for bringing them into a modern interpretaion. The best variety of ideas I have yet to come across in ten years of egg designs
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