Gold & Silver Leaf Fancy Eggs for Easter, a Funky Glam Holiday DIY

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I had some fun getting all glam with my Easter eggs this year. Gold & Silver leaf! It was easy. I dyed the eggs with standard dye, and limited it to two colors (though you can use any colors you like). The tricky part was blowing out the eggs first. (I wanted them to keep long-term, and well, you wouldn’t want to eat them after the leaf is applied).

First Step: Blow Those Eggs! This bit was tricky. I broke 2 eggs. They are very fragile once the holes are in them, so be gentle! I started by poking a hole in either end with a safety pin, then enlarging the hole with an Xacto blade. An awl would have worked much better, but I did’nt have one so I improvised. I used a skewer to gently “scramble” the yokes so they would blow out easily. Save the insides, make some omelets :-) I let them dry thoroughly overnight.

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Time to Dye! I used standard egg dye, $1 at Walgreens.

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The challenging part was getting them in the dye bath. Because I blew out the eggs they had no weight to hold them under the dye, so I used the skewer to gently push them into the dye.

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Once the dye is COMPLETELY dry, you can start leafing. (I let them sit overnight again)

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I always have a bunch of leaf around from various art projects. (It is available at any arts & crafts store, and many hardware stores as well.) I had gold and silver on hand so I decided to use silver on the blue eggs and gold on the red eggs. Use a soft, fine bristle paint brush to apply the adhesive size to the eggs in whatever pattern you like. (The size washes off with warm soapy water.) I chose a variety of large dots, small spots, stripes and half-egg patterns. I put the eggs on skewers to hold them up so the size could dry without sticking to anything else. It dried fast (in about 15-20 minutes.) The leafing is easy but messy! The sticky size grabs the leaf well. Just gently press the leaf onto the eggs, then use a stiff brush to remove the excess.

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That’s it! You can now either coat them with a clear coat or just display them if you’re lazy like me.

I put them in a clear apothecary jar. (I would like to make more eggs and fill the jar.) I also put some metallic plastic eggs I found at the thrift store in a second jar.

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Of course this wasn’t funky enough for me, so I added a couple faux fur scraps under the eggs (You could use fake grass, moss, whatever tickles your fancy.)

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FYI the orchid plant came from Trader Joe’s for $20, and has been going strong for over a month. The white pot and both the apothecary jars were thrift store finds.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, and a Joyous Passover to everyone!

Hey DENVER! Happy April! It’s First-Friday Time…

It’s time for the best Free Date-Night in Denver, First Friday!

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I know, I know. It’s cold out. It snowed today. Well quit your grousing, the snow will melt by tomorrow night. Put on a coat and go see some art!

Friday: All the Art Districts in Denver will be in full First-Friday mode. Santa Fe District, RINO District, Tennyson District…get out and have some fun. AND you’ll definitely want to hit the AFTER-PARTY at Redline from 8-11pm. Great venue, great artists, and they only do this a few times a year.

Saturday: FREE DAY at the Denver Art Museum, AND PENNY SATURDAY at the MCA! While you’re at the MCA, treat yourself to a coffee at the roof-top cafe’. It’s one of my favorite spots in Denver. You’ll thank me.

Have a great weekend everyone!

There are some great-looking openings this week. Here is the line-up, courtesy of Denverarts.org:

 

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

April 03, 2014

April 04, 2014

April 05, 2014

April 07, 2014

April 08, 2014

April 09, 2014

Find of the (Almost Every) Week…GUCCI!

It’s time for Find of the (Almost Every) Week!

This week’s find…Gucci Slides! How cute are these? And perfect for this time of year with Spring just beginning to poke in it’s pretty head. They are in near-new condition, too. Oh Happy Me! Found these at my favorite Goodwill for $12.

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What great finds have you scored lately? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

Clean up the Art Wall: Paint the Frames. Easy & Fast DIY for a Pro Look.

This weekend I unified the art on the “Art Wall” by simply painting the frames. A hodge-podge of thrift store frames is made to look a bit more professional by painting them all the same color. In this case I chose black, as there were already a few black frames on the wall. And I like black. Yes, you will notice a couple new frames and a new screen print. I snagged these at a garage sale this morning (screen print $5, frames $2 each).

First, I removed everything from the frames and cleaned the dust off. Then it was off to the back yard on a rare Spring-like day in February to do a little spray painting. I used 2X Cover in Black Gloss by Rustolium. I love this paint. Two coats, no priming, worked great.

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When they were all dry, I replaced the art and hung them back up. Easy-peasy.

Here is the BEFORE:

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And here is the AFTER:

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…a little cleaner, a little sharper. I like it. The Art Wall is almost full now. Just a few more cool artsy finds to go!

What projects did you tackle this weekend? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

 

DENVER! It’s Time for the Best FREE DATE NIGHT of the Month, FIRST FRIDAY! Let’s go see some Art…

It’s that time of the month again, First Friday! Don’t let the sprinkles stop you, grab your umbrella and let’s go…

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There are a ton of great openings this week, though my top pick is the Octopoda Invitational at LOVE Gallery, 570 Inca. I have a real thing for low-brow art, and I’m excited about this show. I’ll also be heading to Pirate, it looks like a good one.

Take Note: Tuesday the 11th is FREE DAY at the Clifford Still Museum!

Have a Great Weekend everyone!

Here’s your Artsy Calendar of Events, courtesy of DenverArts.org:

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

March 06, 2014
March 07, 2014
March 08, 2014
March 10, 2014
March 11, 2014
March 12, 2014

Find of the (Almost Every) Week…Theory & Laundry!

It’s time for Find of the (Almost Every) Week! It’s a two-fer this week featuring a perfect black dress from Laundry by Sheli Seagal And a cute wool color-block sweater from Theory, both shown here on my mannequin Tallulah…

I love this Laundry Dress. Comfortable and flattering, can be dressed up or down, and it’s in perfect condition. Retail about $225, Goodwill $8.99.

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And this darling color-block wool sweater by Theory, retail $195, Goodwill $3.99. I love it! I’ve already worn it twice. Totally my colors.

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What did you find at your favorite thrift store this week? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

DENVER! There’s Some Cool-Ass Art (and more) Happening in the City this Weekend…(Most FREE)

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I know, it’s not my usual First Friday post (that’s actually next week) but there is some great art happening this weekend I wanted to share with you.

1st off, it’s FREE DAY at the DAM (Denver Art Museum) this Saturday.

Then it’s FREE DAY at the Museum of Nature & Science on Sunday.

And if all that Free-ness isn’t enough for you, There are TWO FREE DAYS at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Monday & Tuesday.

Now on to the ART…

There are a heap of good-looking openings on Friday night, though I’ll be narrowing it down to “Small Works” at Gallery 1261, 25 Years of Open Press at McNichols, and Evan Mann at Ironton. My top pick Saturday Night is the opening at Redline, “A New Attitude: Chen Man’s Provocative Interpretations of Contemporary Chinese Women” Reception is open to the public at 7-10pm. (Get more information on these shows and more below)

 

Here is the full line-up of Art Happenings, Courtesy or DenverArts.org: (click the individual links for more info on each show)

February 27, 2014
February 28, 2014
March 01, 2014
March 03, 2014
March 05, 2014

Have a Great Weekend everyone!