Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Repurposed Plastic Eggs and Vintage Spools

Years ago when my oldest daughter Mariel was little, we hosted an Easter egg hung in our backyard.  I never threw away those plastic eggs, but I also never again filled them with candy.  They sat, empty, for the last 16 years, and were moved to two different houses.

When I unpacked them again in September, after our August move, I thought - I have to use them this year or give them away.

In the meantime, I had acquired a bunch of vintage spools...

Looking at them side by side, I remembered the Faberge Eggs and their elaborate stands.     

I decided to make a mixed media version of these classic eggs.

1.  I pierced little holes in the tops of the eggs.I threaded a piece of string inside, so that I could hang them to dry.

2.  I got out my collection of scraps, and randomly adhered the scraps to the eggs with Matte Medium.  Then I dabbed all of them with Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Indian Hue Fluid Acrylic paint to unify them a bit.  Here's how they looked:

3.  To give them some individual character, I dabbed them with different colors of craft paint, mixed with glazing medium.

4.  I stenciled different color flowers onto a sheet of deli paper, using the Garden Flowers and Leaves stencil.  It's very springy, don't you think? 

5.  I cut out the flowers and leaves, and adhered them to the eggs.  The parts of the deli paper where I did not add color "melted" into the background, making it look as if I had stenciled directly onto the eggs!

6.  Using Iridescent Gold Paint (Golden Fluid Acrylics), I stenciled the Five Hamsas onto white tissue paper.  I "cut" them up using a thin wet brush, and adhered the bits to the eggs.  I also stenciled some of the borders from the Stitch a Greek Border Stencil in gold as well.

7.  I painted the spools either gold or black, and adhered the borders to them.

(Hint:  This is why stamping or stenciling onto tissue paper is such a cool technique.  I NEVER could have gotten such crisp images on the spools if I tried to stencil directly onto them.  But with the tissue paper, the un-stamped or stenciled parts become translucent as the matte medium dries, leaving a crisp image!)

8.  Using black paint and white tissue paper, I stenciled Now is the Time words.  I adhered the words onto the spools and eggs too.

 (I used Weldbond glue, which eventually became transparent after I took the pictures.  But a glue gun would have worked too!)

I'm in love with these eggs.  I think they look classic and yet fresh and whimsical.  Here's my Pinterest board with other egg-alicious ideas.   Are you doing any spring-inspired art or craft?  Share your links in the comments.

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  1. Replies
    1. thank you Maria - your Greek Borders were perfect for the bases.

  2. Jessica you inspire me to try new things...every morning i go right to your page to see what new goodies you have...,love these eggs...have a beautiful day..peace and love,Karen

  3. What cleverness Jessica! I love those eggs and I really like what you did with the spools as well! So much fun color and texture! How neat to find a crafty way to resurrect those old eggs!!! LOL Blessings

  4. These are really pretty. I would love one of them. You always have such great ideas. Thanks for sharing them

    1. Terri - you are the winner! Send me your snail mail address and I will get an egg out to you! Emailing you as well.

  5. What a fun project, Jessica, you are so clever :)

  6. I like them in all their stages. Nice collection of spools. xox

  7. Wonderful combination of eggs, spools and collage - a great idea.

  8. Had I taken the time the first time to read through thoroughly, I would have seen how genius you are by stenciling first on tissue then applying it! heehee Wonderful eggs Jessica! xx


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