Sunday

a few good eggs

mos egg-stravaganza

so here are a few bisque eggs i have painted for one of mini's annual egg hunts. i always painted one for everyone that came which made it sort of difficult if an extra child showed up....somehow though, nobody ever left without one with their name handpainted by me on it!

what these eggs are is what you get when you are makin ceramics but after only one firing. if you have ever gone to one of the ceramic places to make somethin, this is what they give you to paint on with their special paints...then after you do, they fire your art with a glaze. well - these here eggs never get fired that last time...which means they are PEEERRRFECT for doin all sorts of paints and pencils and glue and stickers etc. etc. on because everything will stick to em. i like to paint mine with acrylic paint first...all different colors...then i set em all up in the egg cartons they ship em to me in and sit down surrounded by every art supply i own and start makin em all pretty.

as i paint each step on each one, i set em in those old fashioned egg holders - like deviled eggs used to be served in. anything will work though. i like to hold the eggs while i paint but sometimes my hand gets cramps after a while. the first year we had the egg hunt i told mini how bad my hand hurt - she always sat on a teeny lil animal print couch under my art table while i worked until she wouldn't fit any more - she was only two at the time but knew exactly what i needed....she went a got a blob of her playdough, covered it with saran wrap and punched it until it had the perfect sized dip for me to set the eggs in. this worked so well i have used the same blob every year to set the eggs in when my hands get too cramped up to hold em while i'm paintin on em.

i use a lil of everything on each egg....maybe some stickers if i am really pushed for time, always paint with a double ott brush, colored pencils, glitter and a fine point sharpie. one year i even printed out all my art real tiny and decoupaged it on in combination with everything else. once i get em all the way i want em, i slap a coat of shiny acrylic on em - anything will do - even modge podge.

right before each hunt, all the eggs are put on the wheatgrass covered front table - i'll put more shots of it up next. i always let the wheat grass flats hang off the table so it ends up lookin like a lil egg covered hill. the table is in the entry way and everyone goes there first to see what i painted on their egg. i love nothin better than visitin someone and discoverin all the eggs i have painted for that family, in a place of honor, displayed like they were ancient treasures. i have had many 911 calls along the way too - some egg broken into many pieces by accident and lots of cryin and beggin me to try to put it back together. where the kings men failed, i always succeed - altho i have had to cheat a time or two and just make a new one from scratch.

i am sure if you make some of these for your children, they will treasure em forever - no matter how they turn out...but i'm pretty sure you'll get egg-cellent results. be sure to send me some shots if you give em a try...and email me or jo if you need some help. oh - i emailed the faces out but lost track at some point and got confused...so if you didn't get yours yet just email me again and i'll send em along.

19 comments:

Missy Judy said...

All of these Easter projects are beautiful Mo. I haven't the time or patience, but I sure love looking at them.
Missy Judy

Kpbrutcher of A Digi Memory said...

Wowzers. How far in advance do you have to start these things to have them in time? I love all the hand painted eggs. They are all beautiful and I can see why each child wants to hold on to them. Having their name on it really makes it extra special. ;)

Anonymous said...

I wanna be a little kid again so I can have one of your eggs :). They are so beautiful and what treasures for the recipients. Thanks for sharing, I would be happy to get one or two finished, how do you do all of these?
love you,
Maggie

hollie h said...

Wow Mo!!! You really don't ever sleep, do you? You create such beautiful things to share. Your friends are so lucky to have you!

Hollie H

ejj said...

What GORGEOUS eggs! I would leave them on display all year long.

Tracy said...

Mo, all of your eggs are amazing. I don't know how you do all these things - you amaze me! Too bad that squirrels don't lay ostrich sized eggs - you'd have an endless supply. xo :)

Jan said...

I bought some of those bisque eggs at the craft store a few weeks back, and few wooden and paper mache ones, too, with the the thought of pasting your art on them...and I haven't had a spare moment to play yet. :-( These are just gorgeous!! Maybe I can sneak a couple of moments of playtime in to my schedule this week. Right now, I think I have to go get the boys under control again!

mmy2vce said...

mo, I am almost in tears! Your efforts for all these little children shows such kindness!

You are an incredibly talented artist and I am truly impressed!!!

I want to make some of these eggs right now but planned on making them with plastic eggs....I wonder if I can get some bisque eggs in before Sunday? I may have to go shopping!!!!

Thank you mo again, for sharing your talent with us...we are blessed in this little way so that we can share with someone else!

Marie :)

Sandy Miller said...

Mo, your talent never ceases to amaze me. I can't paint a straight line to save my life, so maybe if I decopage some doo dads I'll be able to come a wee bit close having a Mo egg. They are so beautiful, and those children sure are lucky!

Trish said...

Wowsa! I haven't had time for blog reading much lately and I pop over here to discover a TON of awesomely CUTE ideas. LOVE all of these and I love seeing some of the creative genius from the mind of Mo! It is wonderful to see these adorable things created from bits of this and that. LOVE it! Please keep sharing!

Robin said...

this is all so fun lookin'! i can't seem to finish my christmas presents and you are on to easter eggs... and they are even ready ahead of time! i am terrible impressed by your imagination and apparent organization and time management skills.....in spite of psychiatric challenges......
:) r

Anonymous said...

I have a passel of nieces and nephews and the eggs you create are inspiring me!

Victoria

Jeannie / mama beans said...

Oh my! These are so exciting! I want to try these!! Thanks for giving us the directions.

Janna said...

cool eggs

heidi said...

OH MY GOSH!!! I think these are the cutest eggs I have ever seen!!! You are so!! talented!

Lunasea said...

I'm really late, but OMG those are absolutely beautiful. Your friends and family are very lucky!

Rosa said...

Wow. I just found you through A Happy Miscellany and Inspireco. I don't know what doodads are but I need to learn! Your eggs are beautiful! I make Ukrainian Easter eggs each year (although this year, I wasn't very prolific). You can see my post on these at http://cozyrosy.blogspot.com/2006/03/its-cranky-pysanky-time.html. I just signed up for entry to your doodad site. Looks so interesting! So glad I found you!

Rosa said...

P.S. What type of shiny acrylic do you use? I'm not able to use water sulible (sp?) types and usually use a wood shellac. I'm always looking for a better alternative! Thanks.

Janet's Blog said...

Where do you get the eggs? I think I will recruit my niece to help me with these. She is much better at the freehand stuff and has three little ones who I know she would love to make these for.