How to make a decoupage easter egg
Decoupage is a popular type of decorative art. In this master class, I will show you how to make an Easter egg in decoupage style with step-by-step photos. It will be an excellent decorative interior decoration or a gift for Easter with your own hands.
Easter egg in the style of decoupage with our own hands
The following materials are used to carry it out:
- three-layer decoupage napkin with a small pattern;
- raw chicken egg;
- paper for papier-mache;
- white and pink acrylic paints
- PVA glue and Moment Crystal glue;
- narrow pink ribbon;
- pink beads with a diameter of 3 mm;
- Tools: awl, sandpaper, pencil, bristle brushes, a piece of foam rubber sponge, cotton swabs (feathering).
This decorative egg can be made by purchasing a finished wooden or plastic blank. But I prefer not to buy, but to make this blank with my own hands. I start making blanks in advance, from January. To do this, take a raw chicken egg and pierce it with an awl on both sides.
The holes can be made large enough (up to 7 mm) so that the contents of the egg can be easily blown out and then used in cooking. Empty shells should be well washed and dried.
Now I strengthen the shell with the help of the famous papier-mâché method. Pasting over several layers of paper (you can use newsprint). Glue the gelva with white water 1: 1. I apply 4-5 layers of paper.
I dry every 2 layers. To speed up the process, you can use a hairdryer. For the last layer is better to take cheap toilet paper. Liberally lubricate it with glue and roll the egg well in your palms so that it becomes smooth.
After the egg has dried out well, it should be processed with a piece of fine emery paper or a large nail file.
Then ground egg with white paint for 2 times. I took in this case, acrylic radiator enamel and a piece of foam sponge. The surface turned out slightly textured, but I think it will not hurt me. After each coat of primer, the paint is dried well with a hair dryer.
Before you go to work with a napkin, you need to mark the egg. I draw perpendicular vertical lines with a pencil or pen. In addition to these lines, you can also draw ovals in which fragments of the napkin will be placed.
The vertical lines on the egg intersect in the upper (sharper) and lower (blunt) ends of the workpiece. From the intersection point at the top and bottom we lay 1 cm in both directions. The width of the oval is 4 cm, so I lay 2 cm to the right and to the left of the vertical line.
If it's difficult to draw an oval with your hand, you can make a curve by taking a rectangular piece of paper 6x4 (the size depends on the size of the workpiece), bend vertically in half and cut out the half of the oval. Having unfolded the paper, we combine the fold line with the vertical line on the egg and draw an oval.We repeat the same thing from the other side.
We proceed to the preparation of napkins. First, we separate the layers. Take the top color layer.
Choose a piece that fits in size and doesn’t cut with scissors, but pick them up with your hands so that the edge is uneven. Then the border of the motive is not so noticeable.
The surface inside the oval is lightly lubricated with PVA glue diluted with 1: 1 water. Gently apply the selected napkin motif and smooth it out with soft movements of the bristle brush. It is better to take a bristle synthetic brush, as it is more elastic.
Movements start from the center to the edge of the fragment, expelling the air bubbles and trying to smooth out the wrinkles. Pieces of napkins are well glued and now they need to be dried.
The next step is to color the surface of the egg outside the ovals. If there is no certainty that you are turning pink with an even color, you can cover the whole egg with varnish before painting. Then the uneven line can be easily erased and fixed from the lacquered surface.
The line of the oval, separating the pink and white color, I want to make it softer. Cotton swab dipped in white paint and soft touches, depict scallops. After drying the paint, twice varnish the entire egg. Varnish can be artistic or acrylic construction.
While the varnish is drying, prepare a narrow pink ribbon. The length of the ribbon is up to eighty cm. The central part of the ribbon will be embroidered with beads. The vertical girth of the egg in this case is 17-18 cm, so we lay 9 cm from the middle of the ribbon and begin to sew the beads (with a back needle stitch). Sew on the length of 18 cm. The distance between the beads 0.5-0.7 cm.
We glue the finished ribbon on the side verticals with Moment glue, starting from the lower point of intersection of vertical lines. At the upper narrow end of the egg, we fix the ribbon with a double knot, after 12-15 cm we tie a double knot and a bow again. Cut off the excess ends of the bow with an oblique cut.
The loop is ready and the egg can be hung on an Easter tree.
The master class was prepared by Svetlana Chalkina.
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