When we visited my husband’s aunt in Washington D.C., (You got me, it was a few years back. I honestly don’t know how I will keep up with this blog between my widely spaced current projects once my old material dries up!) I was delighted by this robin who had built her nest right above Aunt Beneva’s front door!
Once home I was inspired to paint a nest with eggs with acrylics in my sketchbook. I got the nice crisp edges all around with the use of blue painter’s tape. I wasn’t sure if it would peel off without harming the paper, but it worked just fine.
I decided to go for it.
I was tutoring back then and thought the little girls might like to sit on the chair while we worked, but they were so preoccupied with not sitting on the eggs it proved to be a bit much of a distraction.
They obviously knew a bit more about such things than I did at their age. My mom came home one afternoon to find six year old me sobbing in my room. When she asked me what was wrong I pulled back the covers of my bed to reveal a pike of broken and oozing eggs. “But I sat on them so very gently!” I wailed. My mother in her wisdom waited until she was could escape back to the car in the driveway to laugh until she cried. (I learned that part of the story quite a bit later on.)
I couldn’t get the edges around the eggs to be as smooth as I wanted as I was painting over a painted surface, but I was still basically pleased with the outcome. The chair now belongs to my mother-in-law.
Thanks for reading!
- Nesting Dilemma (beesatc.wordpress.com)
- Freshen your cottage or farmhouse with painted furnishings. (thepaintedcottagehome.com)
- Robin’s Egg Blue – Color A Day #58 (colornerd.wordpress.com)
- Seven days of Wonder times two (alicehorton.me)
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