I read a post 'Anyone for a cup of tea' over at Stamps & Stencils Blog and I thought it was a brilliantly good idea and I instantly wanted to make something similar. I happened to have a large teacup (the decor one!) and a straw nest, Finland moss, raffia and a couple of wooden eggs too so me reading that post was just at the perfect time! I didn't follow all the steps though like in that post but I am more than delighted with my finished project!
At first I gessoed the cup, then started adding acrylic paints, Inka Gold, pigments mixed with varnish, also in between layers are some Gilding Flakes and Ecolines, more acrylics, stamping and at last with the brush a layer of High Gloss Varnish. The straw nest was assembled already, I just added the lace, die cut doilies, a few strings of raffia, the feathers, Finland moss, the wooden eggs and the 3D paper flower. Hot glue pen came in handy to softly glue everything together in the nest. For the eggs I used acrylic paints and Powertex 3D Balls mixed with acrylic glue and then another layer of different acrylic paint. I used the Sizzix die to make the daffodil! For it I used Fabriano Artistico Hot Pressed 300gsm Watercolour paper, painted it with acrylic paints and sponged on some ink too, plus a few sprinkles of Flower Soft Toffee for the anthers!
And here's the 'before' teacup -
Stamps and Stencils - Spring is in the Air!
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog - 'Inspiration Photo'
All the best,