Do you ever finish a project and you’re not sure if you love it or hate it? Honestly, that’s how I feel about these photo transfer eggs. They didn’t come out quite the way I wanted, but it’s a really cool effect for Easter eggs that I’ve never tried before. Let’s get down to it.
My original idea was to transfer photo images onto my eggs. So I hopped into Photoshop and copied over pictures of my family. I made each image no taller than 1.5 inches so it would fit easily onto an egg. I also deleted the background of each image using the quick selection tool, so the picture was just my main object.
Since this was a completely new concept for me, I also added a couple pictures of flowers, a bird, and some wide landscape scenes.
I printed my sheet of designs onto the waxy side of freezer paper. In order to do this, I had to cut down a piece of the freezer paper roll, and I lightly spray mounted it to a piece of cardstock. You could also just use a glue stick to attach the sheets to each other. On its own, the freezer paper isn’t thick enough to successfully go through an ink jet printer. Trust me; I tired, and it ended up in a wicked jam.
Next, I gathered up my supplies to get ready to transfer my images. Be careful with the printed freezer paper, the ink doesn’t settle in, and can very easily smudge. I set up a station with scissors, painter’s tape, a hairdryer, and my hard boiled white eggs.
I carefully cut out each image, trying to get fairly close to the picture’s edge. I then attached a small piece of painter’s tape to the back of my design. When ready, I placed my freezer paper image onto the egg surface, taping it into place momentarily.
To transfer the image, I just needed to rub the back of the paper, making contact with each spot. You need to be careful not to move the paper around, or else your picture will be distorted. Once I was satisfied that all of the ink was transferred, I removed my paper and shot the egg with a bit of hot air from the blow dryer to help the ink set.
Okay, so here is my commentary. This is a really neat technique, and gives you a sort of cross between a watercolor and pastel look. My favorite egg was the bright tropical bird, since the colors were so vibrant.
This egg decoration makes fairly interesting transfers of people’s faces. There’s a bit of distortion, but it’s also kind of neat. I found another tutorial on A Subtle Revelry that uses tissues and Modge Podge to transfer photos a little more clearly, if that’s what you’re looking for.
I also tried the large landscape photos with this technique, but those came out really terribly. Especially with the defined edges, the picture just looked bad. So make sure you delete out unnecessary background color when doing this project.
So, thinking about it, I’m going to call this project a triumph after all. I tried something new and got some pretty sweet Easter eggs out of the deal.