This past week, I've been decorating a bunch of paper mache Easter eggs for my "Three Winners" giveaway. I like the look of all kinds of Easter eggs, so I used a variety of different techniques.
For foil Easter eggs, I mod podged some small torn up strips of tissue paper onto the paper mache eggs.
I let that completely dry and then started painting them. I also have metallic paint, so on some, I put a coat of metallic on top of the matte layer. I think they turned out pretty cool! They look just like those candy foil eggs.
For another look, I used some recently purchased alcohol inks. I used the technique from Tim Holtz and his Alcohol Ink Air Splatter video, using canned air. I couldn't wait to try this, but I didn't have any glossy cardstock. Then I got to thinking this might work on paper mache Easter eggs if I slick on two coats of Mod Podge Hard Finish. And it worked!
(Remember to make a "sproooossssssssssshhhhhhh" sound when the air is coming out of the can. Makes it super fun - lol)!
If you miss a spot with the hard finish, it'll make a little stain, though it's easily covered with a couple more layers of darker color:
I have a star paper mache box that I have two coats of hard finish on. Just haven't had the time to do this technique on it yet. A word of warning: the canned air canister get can super cold if you're using it a lot. I let it rest about 10 or 20 minutes when it got that cold.
Another technique I tried was dry brushing some of the already painted and dried eggs. I also dabbed on for a more spotted look Made for some cool effects.
Now I have quite a wide variety of paper mache Easter eggs. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and can create even more awesome eggs!
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