Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

February 13, 2016

Paint and Clay

Continuing on with my attempts to knock out a bunch of project ideas, I present 'dragon eggs'.  Made with Sculpey clay on a fake egg, with metal chain, findings and rhinestones embedded in the clay.  It had to be set in the oven for 15 minutes and I was worried that the fake egg inside or the rhinestones would melt but they didn't!  Then I coated each one with glitter paint.




Next up I wanted to try the Galaxy Eggs Tutorial, found HERE.  I love the final results, although it's a project that requires fairly long drying times for each layer.  I bought black chalkboard eggs so that I could eliminate the step where you have to paint a white one black.


This egg has been languishing on my craft table nearly 2 years.  I had the ribbon in it and I was going to drill holes in a design.  So there were pencil dots all over it.  Then I decided I didn't want to and tried to erase the pencil but it wouldn't come off.  All those paint dots are covering the pencil marks.

Last summer my friend Sandy and her family visited the Cape.  They are living in Moscow for a few years for her husband's job, and she brought me a paint-your-own Russian nesting dolls kit.  Of course me being me, I spent a ton of time researching them and all the different painted designs.  I was also afraid that I wouldn't be able to keep the wood burned lines from getting covered with paint. But using a tiny brush and tiny bits of paint, I managed to preserve the outlines.

I saw this design on a Paint Night website and decided to try it on my own, but on a mini canvas.  I'm so happy with it!

Here's another Pinterest project that's been sitting on my 'Crafts to Make: Painting' pinboard for 4 years.  Use masking tape on a canvas, paint the sections and remove the tape.  There was some bleeding under the tape edges, esp. on the green.

Last but not least, since the clay was still out, I made some snails with marbles for shells.  They came out cuter than I was expecting.

It's been a very prolific last month or so for me, artistically.  

14 comments:

  1. oh my have you been busy! I love those nesting dolls - I bought mine in Helsinki in the Russian quarter - lots of nostalgia for me

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    1. Yes I've been very busy finishing up stuff. But it feels great to have them all done. I wish I had a place to display all the decorated eggs I've done over the years.

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  2. Wow! You certainly made the most of weather you probably did not want to be out in!

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  3. Okay, first of all. I've seen photos of you, you're not that tall so all of this talent must be bursting out every seam you have. I'm pretty sure you're walking around with pieces of talent just falling out of you and the hubs is walking behind you stuffing it all back in. - You amaze me JoJo. Absolutely amaze me. I see your creations and it gets me so motivated to get back at my crafting, and then, well, life.. - Anyway, the dragon eggs are my favorite because they remind me of Game of Thrones. I LOVE the masking tape painting. I may actually try that. The snails are adorable. You should make one of those little fairy houses and put those around it. And the detail on your nesting dolls is fantastic. I'd be like Michael J. Fox trying to get that detail! Love, love, love everything you do! YOU are an inspiration!

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    1. Thank you so much Karen!!!! I'm so touched and humbled by your kind words. You call it 'talent', I call it 'a sickness/mental illness'. lol I'm driven to make stuff....I can't seem to stop. lol But I'm always happy to inspire others to be creative!

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  4. Oh those eggs are 'out of this world'!!!!!
    Love the snails too, so cute.
    Cheers, Anita

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    1. Thanks Anita! I just got some metallic clay and am hoping to do more dragon eggs. They are fun!

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  5. You are so darn talented, JoJo. Your projects are creative and imaginative.

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    1. Aww thanks Teresa. That's kind of you to say.

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  6. Faberge, eat your heart out!

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    1. Awww thanks Val. :D Still though...would be nice to own one of those.

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  7. I never would've thought to use marbles for snails, and those are so adorable.

    I hope you and Russell have been enjoying a sweet Valentines' weekend!

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    1. Thanks Robyn! He's on the road so we went out to dinner on Friday night instead!

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