Yes, yes...I know...there are still two more weeks to go but I am not early with starting painting some Easter eggs, right?
And as our March challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges ends shortly after Easter, I thought I could already send some wishes your way and share a steampunk Easter egg with you:
I used a goose egg as they are larger and harder and therefore easier to work on. The fabulous steampunk chipboard pieces are from the range of our new challenge sponsor boozybear! You really should check out her Etsy store - she has the most fantastic steampunk designs!
You can see the egg before the painting process. I stamped the cool steampunk image from Crafty Individuals onto some tissue and glued it to my egg with slightly diluted matte Decou-Page from DecoArt. Then I painted over the dried image using Distress markers and DecoArt Media fluid acrylics.
The rust effect on the winder and jar ring was achieved by first dabbing on some DecoArt Media Sand Texture paste in some areas and then painting over the dried pieces with Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, Diarylide Yellow and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide - adding some paints directly from the bottle, others as washes and layering them until I was content with the look.
As you can see I got some wrinkles from glueing the stamped on tissue to the egg as the image was quite large. But honestly I think that it adds to the distressed and worn look. No place for neat 'n tidy there.
I glued one of the gorgeous idea-ology ring fasteners to the bottom so I could add a gear embellishment.
I cut the "happy easter" chit chat sticker in half and stuck it in place. Then I slightly blended the edges with a walnut stain Distress marker.
Have you already started painting Easter eggs (or is this a tradition that is slowly dying out)? I haven't done it for quite some time but I really enjoyed doing this one and think I might do some more!
I would love to invite you over to our steampunk challenge blog to check out the makes of my fabulous teamies and maybe even get a little imaginative spark for a project to enter to our challenge!
Hugs and happy crafting,