...hello dear, creative ones!
a very special goose resides.
This is her favorite time of year,
as she will lay a few, very special eggs!!
can you guess which kind??
I also wished to share my front gate decoration with you :)
I was seeking something different this year for my Easter display.
~ I am always open to beautiful flowers that cross my path,
and one day thrifting,
I found three glorious,
white rose and lily floral decorations.
(the symbolism of these couldn't be more perfect!)
(white rose: purity, spirituality)
(lily: purity, majesty)
I wasn't sure how I was going to use them,
I just knew they were beautiful and they were going home with me!!
When I brought home,
I laid them on the floor and started playing around with how I could shape them...
here is a list of supplies you will need for your very own speckled eggs:
* a bag or two of plastic hide-an-eggs
(you know, the ones that open so you can put candy inside?)
(I made 48 eggs)
(you can also buy different sized plastic eggs)
---> my tip: be sure and seek out the ones with a small hole in the top of the egg,
as it will make it soooo much easier to feed your string through!
* a can o'spray paint
(your choice in color, mine was periwinkle)
* a ball of natural THIN hemp
---> my tip: this is a little stiffer than string and won't twist all around in the wind,
but feel free to use string, ribbon or white hemp)
* a long needle with an eye your hemp string will fit through
(much easier than trying to push it through yourself, trust me on this!!)
* a bottle of walnut stain gel
(I found mine at Ben Franklin's)
it is translucent and will tint your eggs
with a similar effect as tea dyeing
* a sea sponge
* a "high tech paint spatter brush"
(I found mine in the cleaning supply aisle at Wal-mart)
* 2 color choices of acrylic paints for your egg spatters
one light, one dark
my choices were Folk Art's #450 parchment
and #476 asphaltum (beautiful brown!!)
Are you ready to begin??
* step 1: open all your plastic eggs and place on a large piece of cardboard (ripped open box) ~ OUTSIDE!
---> my tip: using cardboard allows you to drag the sheet back inside easier because they stick to the box but are easily removed off of the cardboard UNLIKE newspaper.
* step 2: shake your can o' paint and spray your eggs giving them light coats so as to not have any runs.
have you ever seen a run on an egg??
I may have seen a runny egg...
but still, eeehhhhhwwwww!!
allow each coat to dry,
after eggs are dry,
* step 3: bring your eggs inside and put down sheets of wax paper.
place your open eggs on wax paper.
---> my tip: using wax paper allows you to peel off your eggs easily, no newspaper tails!!
* step 4: pour a little gel stain into a glass bowl, dampen your sea sponge and pick up a little gel from bowl.
hold your fingers inside the open egg half and begin "sponging" your egg
this created another lovely layer and
it completely changes the tone of the egg!!
any base color you pick will be gorgeous, robin egg blue, shell pink, lemon yellow...
repeat this step for all eggs
~ let dry thoroughly ~
ooohhhhh puuuuurrrrrty sponged eggies!!
---> my tip: the next step is unpredictable and if not careful can be messy!!
proceed with caution...and do in an area that is well protected with cardboard
or better yet ~ outside!!
(the day I did this, it was snowing outside, so, yah-no, that was not an option!!)
* step 5: pour a little of your two acrylic colors into two seperate small glass bowls
thin out a little with a few drops of water,
take your "high tech spatter brush"
---> my tip: this plastic bristle brush gave better results with different sizes spatters
like on a real egg, than using a toothbrush did
begin running your fingers over the plastic bristles,
AIMING at your eggs!!
---> my tip: the faster you run your fingers, the smaller the speckle,
the slower, the larger the speckle
experiment with close to the egg spatters and stand up and spatter:)
* step 6: repeat process with your other color
---> my tip: dip your brush into both paint bowls and make a third color to speckle with!
allow to dry overnight, as the next step you will "string" them.
* step 7:
cut a piece of hemp about 6" long for each egg.
feed the two ENDS through the needle head
and push down through the hole in the top of your egg
(see why you need the hole??)
the two ends will come through to the inside of the egg,
while the "loop" will remain on the outside of your egg,
thus giving you a nicer appearance than two ends knotted together on the outside look.
---> my tip: loop the outside loop end over your pinkie when tying the inside knot, so the loop doesn't pull through
now knot the two ends inside your egg together and pull up on your outside loop,
snap your egg shut and repeat for all remaining eggs...
you could place a dozen of your lovely speckled eggs inside a saved paper egg carrier,
nestled in pretty paper doilies and tuck a few spiritual sentiments inside each egg,
for an eggs-tra special Easter gift!
here are a few sentiments that I have placed in mine:
Christ is risen!
1 cross 2 die, 3 nails...4given!
Jesus loves you so much, He reached out on the cross
white rose, sacrificed, of the Father's heart
Jesus is the Sonshine
Our sins took Christ to the cross. God's love kept Him there!
along with some really good chocolates or jelly bellies or both! and give to someone special:)
as well as hanging them on your favorite spring tree...
which mine just happens to be my new french pussy willow:)
so gracefully beautiful!!
so uniquely my own...
~ this now concludes the speckled egg tutorial!
so what do you think??
Will you try your hand at your very own speckled eggs??
as it is eggs-eptionally gratifying:)
next week, I'll be showing you another P.B. inspired knockoff
an eggs-tra special Easter basket!
I'll be sharing this tutorial with:
Common Ground's: Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage's: Feather Your Nest Friday
Stuff and Nonsense's : Friday's Unfolded
the diy club's: 31-days-of-spray-paint
here's to pretty speckled eggs in ANY color we wish!