Am I the only one who feels like this has been a really long winter? A few months ago, I decided to host a swap to get myself creating again so I decided on altered eggs. Not really Easter eggs, as much as I love Easter, but eggs that could be kept out all year and made by art friends. I tried painting one or two, but it didn't thrill me. I started off with wooden eggs. Then I decided to try some papier mache eggs. What to do with them though?
One day I was playing with Dylusions sprays and the overspray on some paper towels caught my eye. My friend Mary Haldeman uses paper towels and other papers that she dyes and later uses in her art work. Hmmm. So I added to the colors on the towels and let them dry. I rubbed some metallic paint across the top texture with my finger tip. I let that dry. I peeled the two layers apart and was amazed at the rich colors and patterns. So I pulled off pieces of the papers and glued them all over the eggs. The colors were SO bright that they were almost intimidating so I took some white, silver, gold and bronze and dry-brushed the eggs. I liked the soft, yet still rich, colors I ended up with.
I told the other players not to over-think the swap and just have fun...don't get hung up in tons of detail or making this too hard. After all, they will be best put all together and sometimes, less can be more. I decided to add just a band of blingy ribbon around the eggs' middles.
Also, each person's egg will have an initial metal piece attached (either first or last initial of their name depending on what I have) to finish them off. I also have a surprise that I've made for each player but can't show them at this time because the swap isn't over yet! :)