3 out of 4 stars
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Eggstravagant Easter Eggs: Over 200 Ideas for Artistic Looking Eggs by Maya Elston is a non-fiction self-help book with a step-by-step guide on the professional painting of the Easter Eggs.
It is divided into seventeen parts. The first part, Choice of Eggs, lists different types of eggs including plastic eggs, wooden and edible ones. The second part, Materials, Tools and Equipment, details all the equipment needed in the decorations of the Easter eggs. The third part, Methods and Decorating Techniques, provides procedures involved in egg decorations, including how to empty and seal the eggs. From part four to part seventeen provide different decorations.
Maya Elston is a graduate of the Department of Monumental Paintings at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. She was also a member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists in Sofia and even chaired the Mosaic section. All these qualifications are reflected in this book through the excellent artistic work of egg painting.
I liked that the author includes several colorful eggs in the book. At each stage of the painting, she adds photos of how the eggs should look like. I also like that the book’s tone is so real and realistic. Although she’s qualified in the artistic work, she confesses that she isn’t that good at some activities, such as emptying the eggs. She also encourages readers not to worry when the eggs don’t appear as expected. Since I only found two grammatical errors, this book was well edited.
Although this book was well written, I didn’t like some aspects. First, the tone of the book wasn’t interactive. The author seems to be exclusively directing the readers on what to do, as opposed to giving them options and giving them a free space to explore and come up with their own models. The models were rigid and already determined. If only she could take some chapters to teach the readers how to come up with their own styles instead of teaching them to make her own styles and some other traditional styles, I think the book would have been more appealing. The author has recommended specific brands of materials. She also recommends specific shops, both online and physical shops. I feel like the book was, among other functions, meant to be used as a marketing strategy for some companies and businesses.
To conclude, this was a nice guide to those interested in egg painting. I, therefore, rate it 3 out of 4 stars. I’ve deducted one star because the author was rigid in her style. I recommend this book to everyone who celebrates the Easter holiday and takes part in egg painting. Since the paintings are primarily meant to be used during the Easter holiday celebrations, those who don’t celebrate this holiday, especially those who are not Christians, may not fully appreciate the art.
Eggstravagant Easter Eggs
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