Making Eggshell Panels - A Decorative Technique | Hilke Kurzke | Skillshare

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Making Eggshell Panels - A Decorative Technique

teacher avatar Hilke Kurzke, Book Artist, Printmaker, Writer, Bookbinder

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Step 1: Preparing the Eggshells

    • 3. Step 2: Glueing the Shells to the Paper

    • 4. Step 3: Applying Gesso and Possibly Acrylics

    • 5. Step 4: Sanding and glossing

    • 6. The Finished Panel

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About This Class

In this class you are going to learn to make eggshell panels. An eggshell panel is a decorative paper with actual eggshell mounted on it. It looks a bit like an ivory mosaic and can look anything from wildy funky to classically beautiful.

The technique is used by designer bookbinders for inlays onto leather bindings, but you can use it really everywhere where you would use decorative paper. For example on cards, or to decorate a piece of calligraphy, or to cover a box, ... the possibilities are endless.

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Hilke Kurzke

Book Artist, Printmaker, Writer, Bookbinder


Hilke Kurzke is a book artist, writer, printmaker and book binder.

If you would like to know more about me and have a look at some of my works, why don't you head over to my website and blog here:

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1. Welcome: when will come to my studio today, we're going to make actual panels. Thes are pieces off paper with actual excels on them. They're beautiful in a rather sub away this matter of ivory, wide of the actual contrasts nicely with color. And it gives a stunning effect on in scrap of pages in your for your journaling to decorate your calligraphy with, um I think it's a brilliant technique and a great way to use off eggshells. These are some examples of panels I made before the white on black is the classic look. But even then, you have some variation as to how large is the individual pieces on how far apart they air space. We're gonna look at different colors two year and these are should give you first depression where we're going with this. You just need very little materials. Let me show you what you need. You need some eggshells, a piece of paper which should be at least the size off the panel you want to make. Then you need just so black Jess. Oh, for the traditional black and white look. And I'm also going to use white Jess Oh, together with, um acrylic panes that, um give me the collar. I need you need some glue? I'm using bookbinding glue. Any Y p b A craft glue. What do you need some rushes to apply your glue and you're just so and acrylics and you need clear acrylic spray paint or any liquor, and that gives you a clear finish in the end. And last, but not least, that's very important. You'll need a lot off sandpaper, a sanding block. I'm using the courses paper. I can guess this is 220. Yeah. I don't think I have much of the 120 left, which I would actually prefer, and I like to give it a last polish with very fine paper. So this is a 3000. We're going to play with red and black and blue, and I'm looking forward to show you how to make ID. I hope you'll join me for this course, and I hope you'll enjoy making your actual panels 2. Step 1: Preparing the Eggshells: welcome once more. I'm glad you decided to join me in this course. Let's dive right in and start with preparing our eggshells. The's have eggs I used yesterday to make pancakes. You can see that there's an inner skin between the egg and the shell. This is also true. If you had, this had been a boiled egg. This skin dries up and we need to soften it a bit before removing it, and we need to remove it before we can use it. This year is near boiling water. I believe cold water would do as well, but especially since these were raw eggs. I really like the idea off cleaning them this way, too, using chopsticks because the water is hot. After a relatively short while, you will notice that the skin is getting soft again and you can take your actual out and start peeling the skin off. I find it easiest to start peeling at the rim, and when the skin comes off in large pieces like it does here, that's always very satisfying. Once the skin that the room is gonna find it, easiest toe rub with a dry finger over the edge of the skin and and it will roll up. And if you're lucky, you can peel off another large piece. The skin for this egg actually comes off fairly easy. It can be much harder where you just get small flex off all the time. The skin needs to come off because it keeps even cracked actual together, and we want to pull it apart on paper. But also, it would keep the Jessel from penetrating in the cracks. So you have to make sure really carefully all the skin that's inside. Now this piece of sh Alice done. All in all, it took me about 10 minutes to remove the skin from the whole egg. 3. Step 2: Glueing the Shells to the Paper: there we go. Just work at a bit at a time, so I apply some glow clues. Trump's some shell. Press it down. Essentially, that's all there is to it. And now just keep going until you fill it. Your panel. Make sure you really pressed down on the shelf firmly. It will crack on. And depending on the curvature of the peace of the EC, your started with it will be large cracks. And you might want to move round a bit the pieces a bit to get the gap between the pieces you would like sometimes there just hairline cracks, which will still show up later. You might even want to use a roller or something flat to press it down properly, and I'm using a pair of tweezers to help me position pieces. And I also use the straight part of the trees is to press down on the shelves, Do you? So I'm nearly there. This looks a bit dirty and smudgy, but that's OK. It's because I have glue on my fingers and I touched it. This will come off, but you have to be careful about us that you really don't have actual lying on actual on, um, I have. So I have areas like you where the gaps between the pieces us is fairly white, whereas here you, for example, it's very close together. This is always when when you put down larger a larger piece like this and then shift it around, it's easy to get it to sit together really closely. But then, um, like here is now a bigger space, which you can, of course, try to fill in if you are looking for more, even look. However, I found that if you want one that gaps to be small throughout your panel, it's actually easier and not. You put down large pieces in the first place, but to work bit by bit and just push things together. How large the individual pieces are depends on what on your egg and the piece off back you're using. The um, the tips are having most curvature and will years smallest pieces and also smaller eggs while you use smaller pieces. Therefore, I'm using hen's eggs here. But, um, this is a reason why using duck's egg as duck's eggs is quite popular for actual panels because they will, they're bigger and have less curvature, and therefore the pieces will be a bit larger. And I imagine. But I haven't tried this. You could go for smaller acts and, um see how, uh, how this will turn out. So I'm going to fill in this last remaining bits on bond. Then this needs to dry, and I'll be back for putting on gas. So once this is finished and has thoroughly dry 4. Step 3: Applying Gesso and Possibly Acrylics: this has stride now and I'm ready to apply my primer. My dress all normally you would cover it all in would would do it uniformly off course and just do one thing. I want to play a bit around here with colors and therefore going to create a bit of a patchwork for the traditional. You look, you would cover it all in black just so I'm going to do this at the and the side here. The important thing what you're looking for is not so much to get it on the eggshells themselves. Which, of course, happens as well the important business to really get it into the space in between. You might wonder why you want to cover this and White Jessel when the papers white and the X are white anyway. But this is Dio consolidate some of the gaps and really just help keep everything down and even. Okay, so now we let this dry to that imply something. So I finished my lunch break, and this is completely dry now. So next we put on some color or not. Oh, okay. First we see that there are actually some white spots left here This is frustrating, but there's no sense in keeping on like this. So I'm going to cover it again and black Jessa and cover up this white spots. Um, yeah. Now we see why others promote using black base paper. If I had used black paper instead of the white paper, it would have hidden this floor. You can numb. Decide for yourself whether this would be better or worse. Okay, that's too bad. This will have to dry now. But I can put on some color onto the white and I'm ready. Eager to try the blue. I imagine this world look really nice again. This is mainly about getting the color into the space between the eggshells. I'm going to speed visuals up here for national bore you. My main idea is to make a colorful panel with a patchwork off different colors. Main idea is to put bright colors on white background. But I'm going to try some red on black too. I made this a patchwork for you to see different acrylics on different Jessel. You at home decide on one Jessel background and wanna credit to go on top. If you want a patchwork, you would rather assemble finished pieces later. Okay, Now I let this again once more like this dry completely 5. Step 4: Sanding and glossing: make sure this is completely dry before you go on, and then it's time to start sending. Get your Suncorp ready, find you're sending paper and get ready to apply some really elbow grease. Much magic to it. Just you see first bits off, the actual popping out immediately. They're like little pants. Listen sitting like this, and so there's a dimple in the middle with just so in it. We take away these sides, which were regularly show on. Just start with your sending and see where it's going and see what you like. Sanding dust settles in the spaces between the eggs during standing, and I like to clean this bit with a brush or by shaking while I'm going, because I find it easier to really judge my progress by removing. I want to give the blue find me and see how this is coming out, and it's essentially the same for the whole panel. You just keep going. This is how it looks like after just a bit off sanding. Um, I think actually, this yellow looks really nice like this. I will go on just to see where it's going, but I could imagine doing something like this for Ah, like a snake Skin effects. This is a bit more sending done. Don't be disappointed if it looks a bit greater you now it will look much more brilliant once you apply your glass. But even with this cleaned, our go on sending for a bit longer. You are the red and then the brown and I will see now I'm going to clean up the yellow and the blue This is the yellow gone. I'm getting closer and there's the blue gun You can't see me, but I'm very hot now It takes some elbow grease to get this all off. And now, last but not least, going for clean some more off the black ministers after another bit of sending you still see, There are quite a lot of this gray lump still there and I want these gone. I think I'm done sending here now There would be room to go, but I think I leave it like this and, um, we head on to the next step which is adding the place. So try to get rid of as much of the dust and sitting in there as possible. Some people wash it. Not so sure. Watching put water, this'll deficit. The most satisfying moment when the gray vanishes and the colors pop. How'd hear cold loss? Here we go. I give this, uh, fairly a very big player. Essentially, I really float some, some of it on the surface wastes try. 6. The Finished Panel: no. Well, that's it. Essentially from me for today. I'm totally exhausted from standing. I don't know how you're feeling. Let's take a look at our finished piece and discuss how things went here. It is still a bit draw a wet but almost dried. I might give it a second coating. Um, I think the blue came out really nice. That's because it has fairly large gaps here. The red Haddon area here with very few gaps. And so I It's hard to see some of the reds here comes out really nice. And I I think this could look really nice on a panel with just read and with a larger area , maybe larger gaps. The yellow, too, I think, could come out really nice on a panel that has mostly yellow. It is dirty from some of the black that washed over from here. This could have done with a bit more sanding, I suppose. The blue, too. All of it probably It was just a very large panel. The white on Black came out as usual, and that's expected. The contrast between the black and the widest just really stunning can see all the little cracks here. Um, maybe some more Sending in this part would have been Okay. This is where I put the red on top of the black Jess. Oh, and this just didn't work. It just made my life really hard because it was a lot off stuff to send off I mentioned before. You can really cut through it like you would through paper. I have here, uh, left over from an older panel just to show you you could give this any shape you feel you want to give it, for example, Koch. Well, not quite complete heart from it. Um, yeah. And you can then glue this to two other paper or whatever and make your peace. So that's it for May. Finally. Really? If you have any questions as usual, just put them here. I'll answer them as soon as I see them. I hope you'll make some panels off your own. And please don't forget to share your results down below in the project section, I would like to see both the panel to make and what you come up for. Use what journal? Really the correct with it? What calligraphy goes, decided or whatever that will be great and also just share you experiences. Tell us, what did you put on the base? What on the top, what worked and what didn't. That would be really awesome if you could share this year and we make this forum to share our experiences, I really hope Discuss you going and you're ready to make your own panel, even though it's a lot off standing. I hope this didn't put you off A large panel. Don't usually send for more than an hour off. Yeah, Thank you for watching. And I hope I see you again.