Collecting (well apart from stash we never use) has rather gone out of fashion and the Victorians were certainly experts at collecting and displaying all sorts of things. Snowshill Manor in the Cotswold's is an amazing example of this type of curio collecting.
So inspired by these Victorian collectors (plus I had a box and some polystyrene eggs) I decided to make a egg display case.
Using my favourite PaperArtsy Fresco chalky finish paints, I painted the box in Irish Coffee and then used a candle to make some resists marks This was followed by French Roast, more candle and finally a mix of French Roast and Chalk to give a lovely soft grey / blue top coat and a great distress finish.
For the inside niches I painted in Irish Cream and Chalk. Using a 12x12" sheet of brown tissue paper I created a master board (needed two in the end) stamping lots of Ink and the Dog Victorian college stamps in Coffee Archival. Measured the niches and cut the tissue into appropriate sized bits and started gluing them in, back, top, bottom and sides!
The front edge of the box was painted in Chalk and dry brushed with French Roast, as were the edges to get the distressed look I wanted.
The eggs were painted in layers of Chalk, Irish Cream, Guacamole, Mermaid to get the soft pastel look of eggs. Finally a I added some French Roast with a splatter stamp to complete the mottled look.
I'm quite pleased, although the polystyrene eggs went a bit dinosaur scaly egg looking when I used the heat gun to dry the paint, but hey I had fun making!