Lifted Prints or Decals Designs on Eggs

Egg Art

Supplies:
Egg
Print
Matte Acrylic Spray
Modge Podge
Scissors
Paint Brush
Old Tooth Brush
Box Knife or Exacto Knife

 

 

The print that I'm using was printed out on my computer using 67lb paper. Spray it with matte acrylic spray. This will seal the ink and prevent it from running.

 

 

Mark your pattern and hinge the egg (see hinging instructions). After you have hinged the egg, do not cut it open. There is going to be a lot of wet sanding in a bit.

 

Apply 3 - 4 coats of Modge Podge to your print, applying each coat in opposite directions. This is suppose to keep ridges from forming. However, I always end up with ridges. Don't worry about them.

When the last coat is thoroughly dry, trim around the print. Place warm water with a drop of dish soap in a bowl and soak the print for abut 5 minutes.

 

After the print has soaked, lay it on a water proof surface. I usually use the kitchen counter. Lay the print on the counter, paper side up, with the old, well used and softened tooth brush, carefully start removing the paper. Be sure that you get the outer edges of your print too. I like to keep my print wet while I'm working with it. In the photo, what kind of looks like cottage cheese, is the paper as it is being rubbed off with the tooth brush.

 

When the bulk of the paper is removed, start using your finger to rub the off. You can rub the ink off your print if you rub too much so use a bit of caution. During the process of removing the paper, I will dip the print back into the bowl of water to rinse off the bits of paper already brushed or rubbed off. You can see in the photo that where I have removed more paper by hand and that the color is getting brighter. Continue gently rubbing with your finger and rinsing the print until all of the paper is removed.

 

 

When all of the paper is removed it is time to apply the print (now a decal) onto the egg. Notice how I have made "V" cuts into the decal between stems, flowers or leaves. This will help the decal lay flat on the curved surface of the egg. Brush some Modge Podge onto the egg surface and put the decal in place. The decal will stretch and can be easily slide into place.

 

Here I have repeated the above process of making a decal and applied the lower two decals.

 

Next, remove the excess decal and/or background (depending on the print your using and the look you want to achieve) with a box knife or Exacto knife. I like to do this with the decal is about 3/4 of way dry. If it is still too wet it will stretch. If it is too dry, it is a bit harder to remove. Press the tip of the blade into the decal making sure your getting down to the egg surface. Carefully remove. With small detailed areas, make your first trim close to the print then go back and cut the tiny areas of detail. On this print, some of the rose leaves have tiny "V" edges. I cut along the outside edge of the leaf and then cut out the "V's". Be careful not to get cut - you'll need all your fingers later! If small stems are accidentally cut off, you can paint them back in with acrylic paint. If some of the edges are loose, don't worry. Use a little Modge Podge and fasten them back down. If you have make little scratch marks on the egg when trimming the decal, it's ok.

 

 

After you have trimmed the decal allow it to thoroughly dry. If the egg has some excess Modge Podge or smudge pencil mark, you can remove it with a damp cloth. Apply the first coat of Modge Podge over the entire egg. I have a stand I use so I start on the bottom half of the egg, put it on the post and then finish applying the Modge Podge. Allow the first coat to dry and then apply the second coat. Wet sand. When dry, apply two more coats, let dry and then wet sand again. Continue doing this until the surface of the egg is smooth and you can not feel the edges of the decals any more

 

Now apply the light pastel background. You can use chalks if you can find them in the colors you want. Pastels work well for this! I dry brushed this egg. Apply a very small amount of acrylic paint to a stiff bristled brush. On a piece of paper towel of paper bag, rub the brush until almost no paint is left on the brush and your getting just a little paint...kind of hazy looking. Now rub the brush on the surface of the egg would you would like some color. I'll use green where there are a lot of leaves. If you get too much in one area, you can wet sand it off. To help lighten any color you can dry brush ivory over it. Notice in the first picture of the bottom of the egg how the color is too bright and harsh and how I've softened it up using ivory paint.

 

Now apply several coats of Porcelain Spray finish. Allow egg to thoroughly dry then your ready to cut the egg open and insert a lining!