Here’s the story behind this month’s project. Believe it or not it goes back well beyond the wonderful warm weather we’ve had at this end of this winter, beyond meeting the fabulous Vicki Boutin and contributing to her amazing book – back so far as to my college studies! Ok, it could even go back further than that but for our purposes, I’ll stop there. (You can thank me later.)
You see, I was an art major in college. My preferred medium was acrylic paint. I LOVED to paint and I loved getting messy and dirty and having to scrap the paint out from under my fingernails. But then I graduated, funds ran dry and space was limited and my artistic pursuits were put on the back burner. That is until I found scrapbooking! Scrapbooking brought back to me my love of making things with my own hands….but I wasn’t out there getting my hands dirty.
Now enter Vicki and her amazing book, Creative Foundations. I had never even THOUGHT to marry my love of inky, painty type stuff with my scrapbooking until this book. It was like a brand new world was opened up to me once again. The techniques she shares are incredibly fun, incredibly beautiful and what’s even better? She makes in incredibly EASY!
So for these fun eggs I borrowed Vicki’s technique called “encasing.” I am going to be honest here and say I had planned on a few other techniques but some are a little better left to shall we say “flat” surfaces rather than an egg! So my first step after I hollowed out my eggs and let them dry (http://www.ehow.com/how_15776_hollow-egg.html) was to coat them with Mod Podge medium and strips of tissue paper. I set them carefully on a non-stick mat to dry as I stamped some of my favorite nature images onto thin white paper and cut them out. Normally I would have done this step onto cardstock but I thought the thinner paper would form to my egg better. Once that was dry I added another layer of Mod Podge to the egg and then placed the stamped images where I wanted them to go and then let it dry again.