Easter Eggs

Some classic easter decor on the blog today!

Any one prepping for decorating eggs soon? Or what are some of your Easter traditions? I couldn’t resist pulling out my Prima watercolours this week to paint some Easter eggs. I wanted to turn them into little “ornaments” and so I poked holes into the top and bottom, blew out the yolks and egg whites and ended up with empty, decorative eggs.


I haven’t painted easter eggs in fooreever and was excited to give them a try again! In Europe, it is very common for people to have Easter “trees.” These typically exist of branches of various sizes and are then decorated with egg “ornaments.” Is this something that people do in North America as well?


Unfortunately, my attempts at getting a string through the egg shell failed me, but hopefully you can still envision an ornament-like decoration.


I went for a more floral and abstract look. Certainly leaving out the black outlines would create a more dreamy look, where as now, the patterns look a bit more..hmmm..animated.


The next two eggs are more of the abstract kind. I’m learning to control my watercoloring a little less, letting the paint do what it does so well as it mixes with different amounts of water and various colours.



And here they are, all together. I currently have the bowl on my windowsill in the kitchen and I have to say these Easter eggs are growing on me. I generally go for neutral colours, but these are too cheery not to like.


Once I figure out how to get string through these egg shells (feel free to leave any tips haha) to hang them up on a “tree,” I’ll make sure to show you a picture!

Thanks for stopping by!

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This post was written by Natalja on March 4, 2018

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At Home….

Hi, hello, guess who!  Yup, Norine again!

I’ve got another layout to share today.  Because I still have some winter pictures and some paper left from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  And I doubt that today’s layout will be the last!


I’m going to share with you, some process photos of the cute evergreen branches and how I made them.  Because the photo has a pot planted at the side of the stairs, full of pines and evergreen boughs, and the paper line has some evergreen motifs included, I wanted to make an accent of that.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper and I daubed on a variety of green colors and lots of water.  I pushed the color around for a bit and then let it dry.  Watercolor pigment dries lighter though, so when it did, I realized I needed more brown color.


Had I started with more brown paint, I don’t think it would have dried with the distinct green undertones like it did, but rather would have blended together and ended up much muddier.  I really like this result.


So, once it was dry, I ran it through the Big Shot die cutting machine, with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies called Holiday Greens.  Because I was cutting watercolor paper which is thicker and more textured than regular card stock, I found that I needed to add a shim of another piece of paper in addition to the acrylic cutting plate.  That little bit of extra thickness made all the difference.


Et voila!


Here’s how they looked on the finished layout.


I’m kind of into the look of lots of layers of mat papers behind the photo.  In this case, I used one of the journaling cards cut from one of the papers in the kit to add a bit of blue plaid to the mix.  It’s unlikely I’d used it as a card front or journaling card for Project Life, so it feels extra productive to used it as a photo mat instead.


I added my journaling straight to the layout after drawing lines in pencil to keep the text straight.  Then I stitched the lines on the sewing machine and erased the pencil lines.


I kind of also like the look of layering up elements that don’t actually have anything to do with the theme of the layout, like the chipboard flower from Blue Fern Studios.  I dunno….it works in my head…

Other supplies used: Simple Stories alphabet stickers (AT), Photo Play alphabet stickers (HOME), Bella Blvd washi tape, Pebbles Inc - Jen Hadfield phrase stickers, Crate Paper label sticker, Evalicious puffy sticker.


That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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