Eggshell Mosaic Background

by Trudy Sjolander

Create a beautiful and simple mosaic with eggshells....YES...EGGSHELLS!

Supplies

  • Shells from raw eggs
  • A few drops of antibacterial soap or bleach
  • Decoupage glue, Matte Mod Podge used here
  • Assorted Alcohol Inks, Ranger Alcohol Inks used here
  • Mist bottle of water or a purchased mist product, Perfect Pearl Mist used here
  • Old paint brush
  • Heavy cardstock

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Soak uncooked eggshells in water with a few drops of antibacterial soap or bleach overnight, then carefully remove the membrane from the inside. (If you do not remove it, the shells will not stick as well)
    Allow shells to dry overnight on a paper towel.

    Hint:
    Whenever you cook with eggs, soak, clean, dry and put in a baggy so you will have shells ready to go when you want them.

  2. Step 2

    Create a shape from heavy white cardstock and working in small areas at a time, brush on some matte decoupage medium.

  3. Step 3

    Place a piece of eggshell, outside up, onto the glue, then press down with fingers to break into pieces. If some of the pieces pull up with your finger, just put them back in place as best you can with the brush. Don't worry if there are gaps...it just adds to the look.

  4. Step 4

    Continue to add glue then puzzling in shells until the cardstock is covered.

  5. Step 5

    Press down and crack shell pieces as you go. Continue until entire shape is covered. Don't worry about pieces overhanging. They will be cut off later.

  6. Step 6

    Allow glue to dry for an hour, or carefully dry with a heat gun, making sure not to get it too hot or your glue will bubble.
    Add a thin coat of decoupage glue over the entire piece and let dry again.

  7. Step 7

    After completely dry, trim any shell that is hanging over your shape.

  8. Step 8

    Lightly spray the shell with water or craft mist.

  9. Step 9

    While mist is still wet, add several drops of your first color of ink, and have fun watching it spread.

  10. Step 10

    Continue to add drops of assorted inks. Use as many or few as you like but try not to overlap too much because the colors will start to get "muddy".

  11. There should be some white showing at this point.

  12. Step 11

    Add more mist to blend the colors, being careful to not over do it.

  13. Step 12

    Allow to dry. You can now add a coat of your favorite glaze or sealer if you would like, and allow to dry again. It makes the piece more durable. (I used Gloss Mod Podge)

    You can see by the photo the shimmery effect the Perfect Pearl Mist adds to the piece.

  14. Step 13

    Finish your project.

Video!

Variations

  1. Use this same technique on heavier surfaces such as wood shapes or canvas covered chipboard coated with gesso, to create pieces suitable for jewelry. You can also add glitters and other products to create different looks.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Eggshell Mosaic Background. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

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raymonde  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 1:35 AM
Wow, what a fabulous tutorial and technique and your sample is gorgeous! Thanks so much, Judy! I can't wait to try it!!
Angie Crockett  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM
This is a wonderful technique! I can't wait to try it,
your projects are beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial!
MichelleMyBelle  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM
What a beautiful card, Trudy! Who would have thought eggshells could look so pretty?! Great tutorial!!
Peggy Packer  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 2:32 AM
I have been using this technique for many years on picture frames & boxes.I antiqued them or used a glaze. Lasts for years. Glad to see it updated for cards.
Sue Boyd  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 3:13 AM
Thanks for this wonderful technique ! I'll try it as soon as I'll can !!
sylvie  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 3:31 AM
Trudy...this is fabulous--how clever and fun! I like the part where you scrunch the egg shell down onto the glued surface! "CRUNCH"! smile Pretty cards and pins! I have a neighbor who has (9) chickens--too bad they lay colored eggs! smile
Susanne  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 3:31 AM
That is so beautiful, thank you for sharing this with us this week.
BETTY A CALLAHAN  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 3:37 AM
These are so pretty....so now I'm off to boil some eggs....egg salad for lunch sounds good!!! LOL
Jan D.  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 3:50 AM
What a terrific re-cycling idea. I can't wait to make eggs for my husband's birthday lunch today and re-use the egg shells in a fab card for his next birthday.
Linda  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 3:52 AM
I used this some years ago when doing decoupage, never thought to use it like this,beautiful, many thanks.
Jacqui  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 4:05 AM
Thanks ladies! It is a super fun technique. I really hope you give it a try.
Susanne, Colored eggs work awesome too! You can even use assorted colors the just a brown ink for a natural colored project. smile

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Trudy Sjolander  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 4:07 AM
Trudy this is awesome. Love the look of this technique. I would love to try it some time in the future. Your sample is gorgeous.
Gingerbeary8/CarolH  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 4:26 AM
Trudy, that is a super technique and a very clear and informative tutorial. Thanks!
Benzi  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 4:58 AM
woot woot! Awesome Trudy! Love the tutorial that that gorgeous card!
Carolyn King  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 5:07 AM
How beautiful! I am looking forward to trying this! Thank you! grin
Nancy  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 5:27 AM
remember to use UNCOOKED shells
KimfromNH  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 5:32 AM
Thanks for sending out the reminder Kim.
You actually can use cooked too. It's just much easier to get the membrane out with the raw ones. If cooked is all you have....go for it. smile
Trudy Sjolander  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 5:35 AM
This is awesome. Great tutorial.
MariLynn  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 5:36 AM
How stunning! I buy brown eggs, but I'm going to buy some white ones & try this!
Kathleen  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 5:41 AM

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