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After a less than wonderful morning yesterday dealing with Google Images, I was able to finish the day off on a positive note. Apparently, Picasa (the place that hosts my online images for my blog posts here) has been taken over by Google. I realize this happened some time ago, but I recently received a notice that the change over would be completed some time in early May. Since the hundreds of images that I post here on the blog are linked to those Picasa files, I thought it was time for me to start using the Google Images interface and learn my way about. That was the beginning of my frustration. 

I won't bore you with the details, but I think the statement "It did not go well." sums it up fairly accurately. While I view myself as being pretty proficient on the computer, since I work on it all day, nearly every day and now have over 1700 blogs (with photos) under my belt, I pretty much feel that I know the process of hot linking. However, the new format that one needs to follow with Google to successfully add photos to the blog is at best clumsy and includes several additional steps,  yet has additional restrictions and limitations on the photos. I was not pleased. 

Fortunately, there are other alternatives for those of us who are willing to search for them. Through Keith's recommendation, I found a site called Imgbox (http://www.imgbox.com) that offers 'cloud hosting' for photos that is unlimited, free, and fast and simple to use. It is just what I needed. So hopefully you will all be able to continue to see the lovely images that I present to you here each morning without further trouble. Please let me know how it is working for you all on your devices. 

Now to today's post . . . 

With Easter quickly approaching and many of us thinking ahead to spring, I decided to do another tutorial for quickly yet beautifully decorating eggs. A couple of weeks ago I did the tutorial on creating "Old Fashioned Foiled Eggs" using household foil and DecoArt's wonderful products and today I am going to show you how to do another type of egg that is even more beautiful. This method also uses DecoArt products with the addition of some Gold Leafing Sheets that can be found at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or any art supplier. I linked to Amazon.com, but you can also look on Amazon.ca if you live in Canada and see the choices there. They are really inexpensive and fun to use and will be a great addition to your craft supply arsenal. 

While I am not the first one to come up with this process (it is all over Pinterest), I feel that I will address some 'issues' that I haven't really seen covered in the tutorials that I have seen. There are lots of photos, so I will get right to the process.

I started by gathering my supplies. I used a dozen imitation eggs that I purchased from our dollar store here for about $2.00. I think you can probably use real eggs, but they are so pretty you will want to keep them for subsequent years, I would think.  I also chose some beautiful, rich colors of DecoArt Americana acrylic paints. I didn't choose light pastels because I wanted the colors to look striking against the gold foil. I imagine you can also use softer pastels and silver leafing, which would make a totally different look, or even jewel tones for yet another stunning effect. Or even black and shades of brown with copper leafing for 'Steampunk' eggs! (There I go getting side tracked with colors!) Use your own taste and imagination and enjoy the process. 

I set everything I needed up so my work area would be neat. Besides the eggs, leafing and paint, you only need glue, scissors and paper towels. 



I began by applying three coats of paint to each egg. I start with the lighter colors and work my way to the darker ones. (That is just how I do things.)  I created two eggs of each of six colors, so by the time I was finished going through the spectrum of colors, the first ones were ready for their next coat. I kept the colors thin and built them up gradually for smooth, even coverage using a 3/4" wash brush. 



When they were completely dry, I was ready to begin. I cut the (approx. 5" x  5") sheet of leafing in half very carefully and placed it on the separating tissue:



I then used a 1/2" deerfoot brush to apply glue to the egg. I want to interject here that for my first couple of eggs, I thought that I would apply glue to only parts of the egg, as I wanted the colored part to show through. During the process, a good deal of the leafing does wind up being brushed off so I found that it is better to cover the entire egg with glue and work from there. I also found that I needed to wash my hands several times during the process and dry them completely. Any moisture or glue on your hands will act like a magnet to the leafing and pull it off the egg. 



Place the glued egg on the leafing sheet as shown. You can see that there is a good amount of glue applied. I used Aleen's Tacky Glue, but I dampened and blotted the brush first to thin it down just a bit. I did try some thinner glues, but I found the leafing (surprisingly) didn't stick as well to them and I lost much of it on my hands as a result. 

Gently roll the egg in the leafing, only handling the outer tissue. 



Again - if you touch the leafing, it will be stuck to your hand. You can kind of peel off the loose leaf where it overlaps on the ends and reposition it to the areas that may not have been covered. This is why it is
important to have a good amount of glue on the egg. 

I then pressed the leafing onto the egg in all areas, using the tissue as a buffer. I rolled it on the table in this wrapper.



Thankfully, the tissue didn't stick to the leafing. When I removed the tissue, I gently rubbed and patted the egg to remove the loose leaf.



You can see how much of the leaf came off and was now on my hand. As I progressed with the eggs, I found that using a little more glue was good and then after the initial rolling, I carefully put it back into the egg carton and allowed it to dry completely before doing this step. It works much better and more of the gold will stick. 

The result is a beautiful leafed egg!!



I continued with all the colors, and after I was sure they were completely dry, I sprayed them with two THIN coats of DecoArt Acrylic spray in MATTE finish. I wanted to keep the contrast between the matte colored part of the egg and the shiny gold. I find that when using light coats of the Matte finish, it doesn't tend to dull the gold and it looks just beautiful.

What do you think?



Aren't they FABULOUS???



They came out even better than I thought!  The colors are amazing and I love the contrast of the matte eggs against the shiny gold leaf!  I tried them in my SLD523 Bunny Egg Holder to see how they look and
I love them even more! (You can buy the pre-cut surface for painting the egg holder here: SLDPK136 Bunny Egg Tray and the full color painting pattern pattern here: SLD523 - Bunny Table Accessories.) 




Talk about turning around the day! I was absolutely thrilled with the outcome of this project! And it was really FAST and EASY! 

One thing I want to stress if you want to try this is to do it by a sink and really and truly wash and dry your hands in between each step of the process. If you have any sticky glue on your hands at all, you will be frustrated, as the gold leafing will stick everywhere. 

I used a total of six sheets of leafing, which I thought wasn't too bad, as it comes in packages of 25 (I saw packs of 300 for about $20 on Amazon!)  How much fun is that??? 



I hope you enjoy this tutorial and all the beautiful photos! Please let me know how your own leafing process goes. I would love to see pictures of your eggs, too! 

I finished the evening embroidering the little snail in my sampler, but I will show that tomorrow. Today is windy and rainy here in Nova Scotia - very much like  typical spring. I plan to draw some new designs, which will be fun. I hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoyed seeing this. I invite you to "Like" my Facebook Page to see all the fun things I am up to. 

Happy Thursday to you all! 
Comments

Comments

  1. Lynn Barbadora on February 25, 2016 at 10:24 AM said:
    Those are beautiful! As always you amaze me with your creativity!
  2. Sheila Landry on February 25, 2016 at 10:50 AM said:
    Thank you so much, Lynn! I am glad you like it. As I mentioned, I am not the first one to do this, but I wanted to share for those who may have not seen the process before and I went into a bit more detail than what I have seen in the past. I hope you give it a try! :)
  3. Anna Rodgers on February 25, 2016 at 2:41 PM said:
    The eggs are very beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. I have never used gold leaf so it was a great explanation of the process
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