I've been coming to see Parisian Easter chocolates every March for at least 7 years.
An annual trip to admire extravagant chocolates and especially the adornment of French ribbons.
The French have a long tradition of adorning with ribbons.
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Last weekend I went inside a wonderful store I've passed many times. Have you been in La Droguerie?
I thought it an outlandish drugstore. Instead they have the most marvelous collection of buttons, trims, beads, knitting patterns
And gorgeous ribbons. At 9-11, rue du Jour 75001 (near Les Halles)
Wrapping with ribbon be it a box of chocolates or the Eiffel Tower comes naturally in France.
This huge wrapped egg by Swiss sculpture, Beat Zoderer.
Was the inspiration for Pierre Hermé's limited edition (just 15) Easter chocolate egg.
I bought a much simpler chocolate egg from Gerard Mulot because I love the way he combines brilliantly colored wired ribbons. Last year was rose and green - the sales person told me the color combo changes every year.
I picked up my egg by the ribbon this morning planning to take a better look. It slipped and fell to the floor and broke.
ET VOILA ! Anatomy of a French Easter egg.
The ribbon is not merely decorative but in fact holds the 2 halves of the egg/rabbit/bell/fish together!
Inside are hidden the little chocolate fish/friture, praline eggs etc.
Here's a video to help you make your own filled eggs made by Sarah Vasseghi for Prima.
This hard working French ribbon has taken on a whole new meaning. It deserves to be painted.
Time for tracing paper. No pencil needed.
Just draw the curvy lines with a brush pen (Aquash brush by Pentel)
Lots of water. Then drop in blobs of watercolor.
Be sure to leave bits and pieces of white paper for sparkle.
WIP - work in progress.
More and more French ribbons later...
This month's subscription sketch is my homage to French ribbon and it's vital contribution to holding together the French Easter egg.
If you'd like to receive an original French ribbon watercolor (4.5" x 2.75") with your name on it, do subscribe to the SIX(6) month or TWELVE(12) month sketches available on Etsy.
This is my limited edition (just 50 on offer).