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Friday, March 19, 2010

My Handmade Easter Egg Project-Part 2-Painted and All Done


Today I finished my handmade Easter egg project.  Here is a picture of the raw wooden eggs after I was finished turning them on my lathe.  If you read the last post you may remember that I made them out of some scrap oak and pine that I had lieing around.  They varied quite a bit in size and shape and some I would describe as being pretty crude.  But, to me that was fine because I wanted a very prim look.  Some of you crafters out there are making some terrific prim bunnies and I wanted eggs that would fit into that decor. 

Here are the same eggs, most of which I went ahead and faux finished.  The attempt was to get great color with a lot of variations as if some of the colors were ageing and wearing off in places.
I used a special technique I am fond of involving latex flat paint.  While the paint is still very wet I take a plant mister and spray the egg to create a washed effect.  I then apply a white glaze, followed by some dapples of amber shellac with a paper towel.





A closeup so you can see the detail. 






I didn't paint all of them.  I wanted some more contrast, so I left a few raw.  Hope you enjoyed my little project.  Let me know what you think.  I would love to see some of your Easter projects as well.  Tell me what you are doing.
Rory


34 comments:

Pieced Pastimes said...

These turned out wonderful! I will have to give your prim painting technique a try. TFS.

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Pieced, Your welcome. Sure. Give it a try. Experiment. Sometimes a litte gray glaze instead of white works well too. The amount of water you mist with also makes a difference. Just play with it and let me know how you do. Glad you liked 'em.
Rory

DustyLu said...

Great idea! They turned out beautiful..Thank you for sharing ~lulu

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Hi There LuLu!

Thank you. The eggs were a nice break from some of the larger projects I have been doing lately.
Nice of you to pop in and take a look.
Rory

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Rory, thanks for stopping by! As you know, I am busier than a bee in a bonnet, getting ready for the show. Are you coming? I look forward to perusing your blog. ~Mindy

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Hi Mindy,
I would love to, but it won't be this time. Too darn many irons in the fire. I am coming into my busy season of antique restoration. It is great to find a blogger that does roundtop though. I need to pick your brain at some point. Thank you for becoming a follower and good luck at the show.
Rory

Vicki said...

Hi Rory
thanks for stopping by my blog.. I agree its better for the environment if we "recycle" preloved items and well they just have a charm new pieces dont!
I adore your eggs.. and the paint work is stunning...
well done you!!!
take care
Vic xxxx

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

love their prim rusticness..you did a great job..;) have a great weekend.:)

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Hello There Vicki! Glad you made it by. Thank you for becoming a follower. My little eggs were pretty fun to do. I will have to remember to take one with me if I get invited to an Easter egg toss. A wooden egg is a sure bet to win!
Rory

Kitty said...

OMG! these are absolutely gorgeous!! The colors are spectacular!

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Thank you Kitty. Really nice of you. They were actully pretty easy to do. Glad you liked them.
Rory

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

WOW! I cannot believe you made those yourself. They look amazing! I love the paint on them too. Such a great Easter look. Thanks for sharing at Spring has Sprung at Fun to Craft!

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Hi Stacey, Yep, from a block of wood scrap to what you see in the pics. Flattered that you like them. I will be selling some of these at the Spring Classic in Charlotte on Easter weekend. Thank you for stopping by.
Rory

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

I love that you turned the eggs yourself! I love the paint technique and the results are really great!

Debbie said...

I have seen a lot of eggs so far, but never ones like yours! Those are very unique and green!~ Nice job!

kim said...

Wow, those are really amazing. I love the colors and the patina you gave them.

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Ahh these are great! Love the colors you did them in and they look super cute on the 3 tier tray.

Kendra "Domestic Princess in Training"

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Thank you all for such great comments. I really like using my color wash technique with a little shellac. Pretty easy. Sooo happy you all liked them so much.
Rory

Bella said...

Hi, Beautiful paint job on the eggs, nice and rustic! Bella

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Your eggs are beautiful and I was so surprised to read that you turned them on a lathe yourself. I think that makes them so special. Thanks for sharing.

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for your nice comment about my little eggs. When first starting the project I decided to just have as much fun with it as possible and not take it too seriously. To give you an example, to help dry the paint, I rolled them across the grass in the back yard. The whole thing was just a hoot. Glad you stopped by.
Rory

AtOneWithHim said...

Amazing. I love those. Great job.

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

Bee-You-Tee-Full! The colors are just delicious! I hopped over from Fun to Craft and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week! until later...

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Thank You Mary Beth,
Delicious color? What a nice thing to say. Please come back again soon.
Rory

Low Tide High Style said...

Your wooden eggs are so creative and beautiful! I love the paint technique you used, really pretty!

Kat :)

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Kat, Thank you very much! Glad you stopped by.
Rory

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Very cool! I need to go and check out your previous post to see how you made these. I would love to learn how!

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Hi Candace, Glad you liked my eggs. The technique was not difficult. Basically latex paint that I tinted with acrylic. I used a plant mister and plain water to create some variations in color density. Most of the eggs had 2 colors plus a white glaze. I dappled on some amber shellac afterwards to create a mottled effect. The whole thing took maybe 5 minutes per egg. Glad you stopped by. Thank you for becoming a follower.
Rory

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Wow these are so creative, unusual, and beautiful. You blog colors are also amazing. Love the green and brown!

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Jessa, Thank you. I get a lot of my inspiration for paint techniques by wandering through antique shows in places like Atlanta and Charlotte. I try to take home a fresh idea or two whenever I go. Thanks for your comments.
Rory

Lori said...

These turned out great! I featured these, so if you would like to stop by and grab my I was featured button please so!
Lori - Life As Lori

Melissa said...

Those are beautiful - very, very beautiful.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, I love them. How fabulous is that. What lovely stain colors too. Fabulous. I think putting them in the tiered tray is just perfect. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Prior said...

wow, this true craftsmanship.Love them! Lezlee