Egg Deco Steps

Choose napkins with images and patterns that will fit onto your eggs.  My friends and I look for lovely napkins year-round. (We also decorate Christmas balls.)

Peel off the back 2 ply sheets of each napkin. You may want to cut up pieces before you get glue on your hands.IMG_7371

If a stick can be stuck into the egg, it is easier to handle. If not, I balance them on plastic cups with the bottoms removed.

Use foam sponges to cover part of the egg with Mod Podge glue. I use Matte finish for subtle colored napkins and Gloss finish for bright ones.

Place a piece of napkin on the glue covered spot.  Smooth it down with your finger or your brush. Cover the piece with more glue.

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Continue this method slightly overlapping each piece. I usually work on four to six eggs at a time, so that I can rotate working on different ones as others dry.

Let the completed eggs dry. Then cover with another thin layer of glue. If there is a hole where the stick went in, now is the time to cover it with a small scrap of napkin.

Glitter can be sprinkled on lightly at this point if desired.  I use more glitter if I hate how the egg looks.  (Think of it as egg “make-up.”)

Let completed eggs thoroughly dry before spraying them with a sealant. I use either a spray with a matte(flat) finish or a spray with a gloss finish. Spray eggs outside because the sealant stinks for several hours until completely dry. Spray in a bent up foil pan so the eggs won’t roll around.  The sealant sometimes reacts with plate surfaces, so foil is best.

I try to buy my eggs just before Easter, while they are marked down and use them the following year in my workshops.

I like wooden eggs, but my favorites are the foam ones covered with a plastic coating of various pastel colors with brown spots. Do not buy dark colored eggs.

I like using various sizes of eggs also.

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This is a very enjoyable hobby, especially if a group of friends does it together.  I enjoy watching people get hooked on it.  Young artist are especially inspiring to observe.

Once you have the supplies, you can do it year after year and share your creations.

I gave my trainer one of my favorite eggs today.  She really liked it.  She deserved a solid gold egg. Thanks Ronda!

P.S.  Get ready for a FLOWER blitz. No, I do not mean blooms. I mentally write while I drive and garden. Since I have done a lot of driving and gardening this week, I have many thoughts to share.

My next post will be on WAITING, because Good Friday is a hard day for me. Please don’t send a sermon. I taught Sunday school and raised two children in the church, so I have had to explain “shepherds killing Jesus” over and over. This was the words the young children used. Everyone in robes was a shepherd.

Another post in the works is entitled “From Now On, NO!   Ladies this is for you. I have been making a NO list. I have acquired many responsibilities that are getting ditched.  These tasks are in my way. I will be purging my list. Look out friends and family. Flower is taking back her power.

Be inspired or irritated.  Your choice.

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How My Lent is Spent

While the pious people give up something they love for Lent,

the Flower shamelessly indulges in one of her favorite activities.

Don’t judge me!

When else would I decorate Easter eggs?

When I start this activity, my library is clean.

As I progress, the napkin pieces pile up and scraps blow down.

The glitter gets scattered and the glue gets smattered.

Clean up?  I find neatness stifling to my creative spirit.

I do occasionally sweep a path so that I won’t slip on a swath

or roll to my knees on those fancy microbeads.

The mess progresses until I am finished… Otherwise…

If one cleans up too soon, one may find it necessary to sort through the trash for a needed scrap.

When I finally finish after weeks of play,  I mean work;

I fill baskets with my tiny masterpieces and give them to the people that I love.

Or strangers.

This is how I pass my time WAITING (Foreshadowing for future pOst)  for spring to arrive,

Playing with paper flowers inside until all the real ones can bloom outside.