I have been having a lot of fun working on Easter basket goodies for the grands. I was checking out some of my favourite supply sites for inspiration, saw these paper mache eggs with the "cracked" opening at Retro Cafe Art and fell in love!
These begged for an all over crackle finish. I used LuminArte Silks in various colours as the base, "Weathered Wood" from Americana as my crackle medium and Americana Light Buttermilk craft paint as the top coat. I have had the most success with this crackle medium on a variety of projects. Lesson learned; I painted all the eggs with gesso before applying the Silks, didn't need to and the outcome was more successful without the gesso base.
I used a variety of brands of glitter from my stash to highlight the openings, I preferred the look of a coarser glitter over micro or ultrafine for this project. I used Krylon's Crystal Clear for a protective coating.
The chenille "poultry" on nests came from 32 Degrees North. The service and products from both Retro Cafe Art and 32 Degrees North are excellent, do check them out.
There is something so sweet about baby ducks, one of these are destined for each of our two youngest grands. The paper mache forms came from Michael's. I used Americana yellow craft paint, large flake mica glitter from Martha Stewart, a chipboard scalloped circle from Bazzil, green microfine glitter from GlitterRitz, Divine Twine and German spun cotton mushrooms from Retro Cafe Art.