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An Eggshell Project 1

Updated on August 24, 2020
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Iya is a mom, employee, online seller, and dreamer who appreciates the beauty of nature and art while finding comfort in food and coffee.

Eggshell Project: Candle Holder
Eggshell Project: Candle Holder | Source

My ECQ Project

This is supposed to be the title of this entry. "MY ECQ Project." ECQ means Enhanced Community Quarantine due to the coronavirus disease. Most people stays at home. While some worries, others found this time useful and meaningful to spend with their loved ones, to do something good while taking their time off at work or to try out new things.

Anyhow, I was drawn into art since I was a child, I guess. At first, I thought, it was normal for a child to enjoy drawing and coloring pages. But as I was growing older, I could not resist myself in buying coloring books and pretty artworks. I stopped drawing, though, because I find it not pretty. But since I love art, I do it through some other ways such as decorating my journal pages or planner pages, painting, creating stickers, doing craft projects using ready-made materials and more. I get inspiration from people who are into arts and crafts as well.

Art and Trash or Art in Trash?

Recycling and upcycling are also my thing. It also involves art. Few years ago, I made a vase out of a plastic cola bottle. Then that vase turned to be a little trash can in my room. Now it is being used as clip holder. I also tried doing projects out of magazines. I have a lot of magazines and I just can't throw them out even if they consume a lot of space in our house. Likewise, I tend to collect every single trash, as long as I think there is something I can do out of it. I have a lot of paper that I wanted to send to a recycling center or recycle them myself. I just do not have enough space to do it.

Basically, I will be upcycling items on this project. Wait, what does upcycling means? Well, you might want to google the answer. But based on how I understand it, upcycling means using trash materials to create another product which of a higher value than the original. May not be too pricey, though, depends on the product that you create. It is almost the same as recycling but it's different. Again, you might want to google the answers.

Now, let's proceed to my project . . .

My Eggshell Project: Materials Used

So at this project, most of the materials I used were trash items. The eggshells and the tin can (already with candle wax on it) were collected from the kitchen. The poster paint wasn't new at all. I bought it 2 years ago for my son's paint project.

The egg tray was made of plastic so I divided it into two, used the other one as water holder and the plain part as eggshell holder (no photo for this one, tho). The water was for the paint. Since it was like little bowls on a tray, I put water on each of them to separately remove the color on the paintbrush.

The glue was a leftover of my son's, too. I had been using it on my other scrap projects, mostly paper projects so I kept my fingers crossed on this one, hoping it won't fail.

Lastly, the paintbrush. It was a watercolor paintbrush which I bought online when I got interested on watercolor painting. I used #2 paintbrush.

So, there you go, the basic materials I used. See photos below

Prepare the materials: poster paints, paintbrush and glue
Prepare the materials: poster paints, paintbrush and glue | Source
tin can: washed thoroughly, any oil residue was removed as well as the label. Candle wax is optional.
tin can: washed thoroughly, any oil residue was removed as well as the label. Candle wax is optional. | Source
eggshells: washed thoroughly with soap and water, outer membrane (thin layer) removed. Let dry
eggshells: washed thoroughly with soap and water, outer membrane (thin layer) removed. Let dry | Source

My Eggshell Project: Step by Step Guide

My project was a candle holder. The real reason for doing this was that, I actually ran out of candle holders at home. Here's how I did it, step by step through the photos below.

gluing part: gently rub a glue on the eggshell, apply a little pressure as you put it on the tin can.
gluing part: gently rub a glue on the eggshell, apply a little pressure as you put it on the tin can. | Source
Gluing part: Do it patiently until every was done. Brush some more glue at each shell and let dry
Gluing part: Do it patiently until every was done. Brush some more glue at each shell and let dry | Source

Painting the shell and finally...

After a few minutes, I started painting. My first painting was kinda messy. I was starting to think that art doesn't love me. I didn't want to start all over again so I decided to just paint it with dark colors. Then the other side was painted with different bright colors.


painting the eggshells with different colors
painting the eggshells with different colors | Source
the other side was painted with dark colors. This is supposed to be a "night sky theme." Guess I needed to study first how to create a perfect night sky painting :)
the other side was painted with dark colors. This is supposed to be a "night sky theme." Guess I needed to study first how to create a perfect night sky painting :) | Source
finished product: lighter side
finished product: lighter side | Source
finished product: darker side
finished product: darker side | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Iya

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