Mar 15 2010

Spring Quilling — Easter Egg

It has been a very cold, wet winter, which is unusual for Georgia.  We have had more snow than I can remember in years and I am so looking forward to spring.  I was surfing the web looking for a poem or saying to go with this post that waxed poetically about trees beginning to bud as the earth starts its cycle of rebirth, or something to that effect, when I ran across this delightful quote and had to chuckle.  I think Mr. Borland has summed up the month of March quite well.
“March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes, and a laugh in her voice.”
–  Hal Borland
quilling-blossom-on-painted-eggIn honor of spring, I thought I would show you an egg ornament that I made.  It is a paper maché egg embellished with a quilled peach blossom.  This egg is the size of a hen’s egg, but you could use one larger if you like and adjust your quilling accordingly.  I used the narrow, 1/16″ wide quilling paper since I find it does better for me when I am gluing it to a curved surface. 
To get the egg ready for the quilling, I applied a coat of gesso to seal the paper maché.  Once the egg was dry, I sketched an oval on the egg and painted the inside white and the rest of the egg a soft peachy-pink.  I applied a coat of satin varnish and let it dry.  For the final touch, I outlined the oval with a gold metallic permanent marker.  Since I wanted to hang my egg on a display stand, I glued on a bell cap with a built in ring, however, this egg would look just as cute displayed in a basket.
For this sample, I quilled a peach blossom on a tree branch with other buds and leaves — at least I call it a peach blossom since I live in the peach state, but it could just as easily be an apple or cherry blossom.  I have also embellished these painted eggs with violets, iris, daffodils, and even a cute bunny that I sold before getting a photo (hate it when that happens).  I did give the quilling a thin coat of the varnish for protection.
Eggs make a wonderful spring canvas for quilling, and since the area is small, the quilling goes fairly quickly.  You’ll have a masterpiece to show others in no time.
Tip:  If you are interested in the bell caps, I found them online at under the “findings” section.  They have a really nice selection of jewelry findings at very reasonable prices.  NOTE:  I have no connection with this company and derive no benefit from this recommendation, except for that little thrill you get when you tell a friend about something cool.  🙂 
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4 Responses to “Spring Quilling — Easter Egg”

  1. Philippaon 16 Mar 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Lovely egg, Charlotte! And a very timely post, because there’s still enough time before Easter to ‘get cracking’!!

  2. Lisaon 21 Mar 2010 at 12:15 am

    Love your egg. What type of varnish do you put on the quilling? I will keep in mind the 1/16″ on the curved items.
    Love your work!

  3. Deniseon 21 Mar 2010 at 11:25 am

    The oval detail is the perfect background for the quilling.

    Keep on Quillin’,

  4. Charlotteon 22 Mar 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Hi, Lisa,

    I’m glad you like my quilled Easter egg. On this project I used DecoArt’s DuraClear satin varnish.

    Happy Quilling!

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