Sunday, March 28, 2010

Faerie Dream



This is my entry for the Mixed Media Monday challenge where the theme this week is "eggs". I made these (paper napkin eggs) last year and decided to use them in a digital collage composed of photos from my backyard (birdhouse, and a beautiful nest that we found abandoned, and a faerie garden sculpture). A bit magical in color and content!
The eggs are really fun and easy to make. I used large eggs and pricked the top and bottom with an embroidery needle to make two holes to blow the contents of the eggs out into a bowl. (Be sure to make an omelet or a great scramble afterwards)! Run water through the egg to clean completely and then let them dry. Now for the fun, I simply brushed my Golden Gel medium over the entire egg and started to apply torn bits of decorative paper napkins (there are tons of beautiful designs out there) or tissue paper (remove all other plys from the colored layer) and press firmly ; the glue makes the tissue shrink and adhere perfectly. You get a wonderful swirled marbelized effect. Cover the whole egg (the holes will disappear). I have kept mine out all year (away from direct sunlight ) and they have stayed beautiful.

31 comments:

  1. WOW! Just so beautiful; love the paper-napkin eggs and your digital work. Stunning!

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  2. These are beautiful Lori! And I have way more pretty napkins than I'll ever use for collage. Now I know what to do with some of them. This would also work on paper mache eggs.

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  3. This is TOO funny, Lori. I have all these ugly plastic eggs that I've tried to alter in every way possible, including painting them with gesso and other mediums. A few days ago, I hit on covering them with napkins. My eggs look very similar to the ones you made. I did a double take when I saw yours because I was congratulating myself on using some of those ugly eggs. Although yours are much prettier because the colors don't show through, it's amazing how similar they look, even though they were made using different napkins.

    The way you used them in your digital collage was brilliant. Of course, I think this entire layout is brilliant. Have a great Sunday, dear friend and dream Faerie Dreams.

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  4. OMG! Lori, I don't know where to start. The eggs...brilliant idea and gorgeous! Thank you for sharing how you did that. Your digital collage is pure magic. I adore the images that you've brought together for this. Stunning!

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  5. Your eggs are great and this collage I think is your best yet--altho they are all so wonderful, but love this one!!!

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  6. The digital collage is gorgeous - makes me want to move into the bird house!

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  7. What a lovely "other" world you have created here. Such fantastic colors. The bird is certainly a creature od Faerie!

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  8. What an awesome post, Lori! Your digital piece is stunning, and your tutorial is superb! Love what you've done with those eggs - so very clever! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  9. bonsoir Lori ! vos oeufs décorés sont très réussis !
    Votre collage est magnifique ! j'adore !
    Mary.KG

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  10. What a great idea Lori! I love the eggs and the digital art is amazing!
    xoxo

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  11. Yes your collage is magical! I love the eggs! I've blown them out before, but never thought to cover them with napkins... Great idea!

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  12. What a lovely collage! great work!

    eggs, so very versatile, right!

    ciao bella
    thanks for stopping in!

    carmelina

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  13. I love your digital collages as they are so magical..thanks for the eggs idea..havent made these since I was little and in the brownies..think my sons can help me make some of these if I can drag them away from their lego!

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  14. What a marvelous place your images bring one to!

    Thank you!

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  15. Oh wow wow wow Lori these are fabulous.
    Stuning es. Love them all.

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  16. I haven't decorated eggs for years, maybe it's time I tried again. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  17. Wonderful Lori. We've been egg-blowing all weekend too as you saw on my blog. It's pouring with rain now but the colours are staying true!

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  18. Oh, wow! I LOVE the idea of covering the eggs - I will try that this year! Thank you! Your MMM entry including them is just beautiful - thank you for finding me this week and for your sweet comment, Kristin xo

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  19. Lori, the paper-napkin eggs are so beautiful! And I love your digtal creation, too. BRAVO!!!

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  20. Lori you have such wonderful creative ideas, and these lovely altered eggs are simply beautiful. Scrumptious.

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  21. Lori, your digital collage is fabulous and your eggs are whimsical and gorgeous! Great work.

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  22. Hi Lori!!! your eggs look amazing!!!! and how clever to use napkins.....I love them...the colours and textures looks wonderful

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  23. wow!! paper napkin eggs - what a great idea!! they look super, and your digital pic as well!

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  24. So beautiful Lori! Have a very Happy Easter!

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  25. A gorgeous creation! The fairy, the nest and the eggs are all beautiful elements and you have spun them together so magically, I am in awe! Cheers!

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  26. Wow Lori ~ all of your challenge entries are amazing this week! But I choose the Fairy's dream as my favorite with your poem and beautiful collage on dark inspirations as my runner up! Your are truely an inspiration!!!

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  27. Your eggs and what you've done with them are fabulous!
    Happy Easter
    Happy Spring
    Happy Happy Everything!
    oxo

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  28. Lori, this is a very magical piece! Love it! Diane

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  29. Woah..this is fabulous..i love it! You are an enchanter! Such a treat exploring all your creations..wow!

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