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Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to Ruin Your Manicure While Painting Nest Eggs Tutorial...

...but first, some studio news. The hardscape around my new studio is completed, but I'll wait for spring to share photos. I've been busy with crafting for studio orders, Thanksgiving houseguests, and decoupage eggs for the upcoming Easter season. One of my goals for 2009 was to get my Artfire shops in shipshape and filled with listings, and I'm happy with the progress I've made at CatnipStudio.artfire.com and Huckleberry.artfire.com.  I've also just opened a shop on Zibbet.
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Artfire, Etsy, and Zibbet have enabled coupon code tools for sellers, and I have created 10% off coupon codes for my blog readers to use anytime at checkout in my Artfire, Etsy, and Zibbet shops. Your code is CSBLOG, also listed under the "Shop" header in the left column of this blog.
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Artfire has an application process to certify sellers shops as containing all handmade-by-the-seller items. It is completely voluntary, and if you work in many mediums as I do, it can be quite time consuming to document your "proof". I want to earn my certification, so I've been photographing my processes as orders permit. Which brings us to the title topic for today.
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I paint nest eggs in batches and use a paper plate as my palette. Acrylic paints, plastic spatula, small flat paintbrush for clear sealant, makeup sponges for acrylic paint, fine sandpaper, jagged toothbrush, and satin clear acrylic sealant round out my supplies.

Each egg gets a white base coat of paint. I use very thin, fast-drying coats, painting one half of egg at a time.


After the first color coat, I mix in some cream or white paint for the next two lighter color coats of paint, and lightly sponge dab.

Eggs may a need a very light sanding with fine sandpaper for a smooth finish. If you take off too much paint, dab on some more. Remember, thin fast-drying coats.

My manicurist works hard for the money.

To speckle the eggs, I use my high-tech jagged toothbrush that I cut with scissors. Lightly tap the brush into a couple of brown paints, then tap onto the egg. A little goes a long way.

See the speckles on my fingerpads? I blot the toothbrush dots with my fingers to soften the splotches.

After paint is completely dry, paint on a clear satin, matte, or gloss sealant, half egg at a time. I prefer Ceramcoat Satin.

2 comments:

Createology said...

Your eggs are gorgeous and thank you so much for sharing your technique. Holly Jolly to you...

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Very interesting--and I like that you use disposables, less clean up, more crafting!

I don't think Artfire will have any trouble believing you do all your own work :o)

Smiles, Karen

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