Nature-Inspired Art Eggs

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Eggs, two each: 3”, 4”
  • White tissue paper
  • Butterfly stickers: flat, dimensional
  • Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Sketchbook Tissue Tape

Tools

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Papillon Stamp Set (CMS 106)
  • Ranger Ink Pads: Archival Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw
  • Acrylic paints: cream, burnt umber
  • Satin-finish varnish
  • Aleene’s Collage Pauge Instant Découpage Medium: Matte, Gloss
  • Flat paintbrush, 1”-wide
  • White craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, cosmetic wedge sponge, newspaper (to cover work surface), large cardboard box, foam plate (for palette), paper towels

Directions

Size

  • 1. Size is large egg, 4”; small egg, 3”.

Blue Butterfly Eggs

  • 1. Cover work surface with newspaper.
  • 2. Tear tissue paper into small pieces, about 1” square.
  • 3. Using flat brush, apply torn tissue pieces to large foam egg using matte découpage medium. Completely cover egg with paper; let dry.
  • 4. Paint tissue-covered egg cream; let dry.
  • 5. Dilute one part burnt umber paint with two parts water to create wash. Place egg inside large box. Dip paintbrush into wash mixture and gently “throw” toward egg, creating splatter effect. Blot excess paint with paper towel. Let dry.
  • 6. Apply one coat varnish to egg; let dry.
  • 7. Wrap tissue tape around center of egg. Using craft glue, adhere center of dimensional butterfly sticker to tape; let dry.
  • 8. Repeat Steps 2-5 for small egg. Apply flat butterfly sticker to one side of egg. Apply one coat gloss découpage medium to seal egg; let dry.

Stamped Butterfly Eggs

  • 1. Cover work surface with newspaper.
  • 2. Tear tissue paper into small pieces, about 1” square.
  • 3. Using flat brush, apply torn tissue pieces to large foam egg using gloss découpage medium. Completely cover egg with paper; let dry.
  • 4. Using Jet Black Archival ink, stamp triple-butterfly design onto tissue paper scrap; let dry. Trim around design, center, and apply to egg using découpage medium. Let dry.
  • 5. Using cosmetic wedge sponge, apply Tumbled Glass ink over entire surface of egg. Let dry.
  • 6. Repeat Steps 2-5 for small egg, stamping only two butterfly images. Apply Scattered Straw and Antique Linen inks over surface of egg. Let dry.

Tip

  • 1. Archival ink is a solvent-based ink; it will withstand découpage medium and other water-based products.
by Rebekah Meier for The Dow Chemical Co.
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