Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mixed Media Fall

Well I've been trying to conceptualize some new projects for Fall. I was stuck on creating something with eggshell mosaic. I tried cutting out large leaf shapes but somehow the leaf shape got lost in the craziness of the mosaic. I tried something smaller and this is the result.

You need some rinsed and dried eggshell which you then paint with some acrylic paint in Fall colors.

Let dry.

I decided to use black cardstock which is slightly thinner than can use posterboard if you wish.

You need some mod podge...I'm using glossy because I like that shiny could also use acrylic medium or plain white glue.

Brush some on and take a piece of shell about the size of a quarter.

Place on top of the mod podge and then using you finger smoosh down.

Keep going with different colors...add a top coat as you go working in small sections at a time as the mod podge will begin to dry on you.

I did a full sheet of black cardstock going right over the cardstock is on top of wax paper.

This is how it looks when you could cheat and just print this image off and use it.

Click on picture for larger image.

Here I was trying to figure out a better looking design.

I painted some branches onto some wc paper.

I then decided I wanted a series of 3...I wish I had thought of this sooner as I could of painted it first and then made my cuts....oh well

Here I decided to make a tall narrow tree.....I'm painting in a stormy grey background.

I then placed a piece of plastic wrap on top and made some wrinkles with my fingers.

I then left it to dry with the plastic in place.

Paint in your branches.

I cut out a variety of leaves leaving them quite circular like a popular leaf.

Before gluing play around with them a bit until you like the arrangement.

Glue on with some tacky glue.

see you later


  1. I love this project!!! Can't wait to do!

  2. Your projects are fantastic! Thank you for sharing ideas and the creative process with us.

  3. Very cool. I'd never thought of using eggshell before. Love the mosaic look and fall colors.

  4. VERY cool! I love it. Never would have thought of the eggshells.

  5. you have the best projects, I love visitng your site;-) And you make them so doable for us here in our homeschool, thanks so much for so kindly sharing your ideas.

  6. simply superb.... i have no more words :)


  7. Great ideas! Your blog is filled with wonderful things...

  8. I love, love, love this! What a fun project! I'll be linking.

  9. Wow.... thanks for the amazing comments everyone!!

  10. Beautiful1 You have outdone yourself! Brilliant!

  11. I just had to share. I returned to this post this morning and showed it to my husband. Then I enlarged the "broken egg shell mosaic". HIS comment - "Wow! That's beautiful all by itself! And the image would make an awesome jig saw puzzle!"

  12. I have to say that this just might be one of the coolest projects that I have ever seen! I am definitely going to try this.

  13. Wow... I found you on One Pretty Thing. That is just gorgeous.

  14. Oh Gail, I love your blog beyond your imagination...saw so many fabulous works in a day here as I never ever did on a single blog..Keep up the good work..I paint too, with different media and materials, but had never thought of doing it with eggshells! thanks a Zillion!!

  15. I want to do this.
    thank you for the great painting idea!

  16. hi! This is great! :)) I'm not a teacher or a school kid but I'm going to try this out this weekend! .. now to get through all the eggs first.. ;)

  17. Hi Gail, Thanks so much for the great idea of how to make a sheet of eggshells! Love it! I'm going to link to this on my crafty linking party, and stop by too, I've featured your bird from last week1

  18. Oh my goodness this is so cool! I would never call myself a painter/artist in that sense, but this is totally cool! I've been needing something cool and dramatic to do in my dining room for over a year...I'm hoping I can do this before Christmas with metallic colors...

  19. This is fantastic, great idea. I will be making this next week for my mom. (Her birthday is soon) Thank you so much!

  20. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your eggshell tree project! You can see it here:

    Thanks for a great idea!