Hello from Sunday night

March 20, 2016

Happy first day of spring to everyone on my half of the old globe.

Today I got the most amazing chance to try to paint some Ukrainian Easter eggs with my friend Jane.
I’ve never tried this method…even though I’m Czech and technically so close that it’s almost silly, but there you are. You all probably already know I paint Easter eggs but totally differently, (look here), so I was really interested to find out about the Pysanky method.

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Look at all these beautiful and intricate eggs. Jane made most of these and she displays them in a large glass bowl. They look so beautiful all together.

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The idea for this is to use a wax applicator called a kistka and some coloured bee’s wax (so you can see your line) and work in a batik fashion drawing with the wax and dipping the egg into layers of dye baths.

As you can see from this…my first egg…I’m absolutely hopeless at straight lines. 😀

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So we worked our way around two eggs, working on one while the second was dye bathing, and it’s amazing how there is a chemical formula of sorts to these dyes. For example, if I was to paint something red, and then put blue paint on it, I’d get purple. But not with these dyes. The green can dye the egg a true green over red! Amazing.

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After the final colour for my eggs, which was black, the eggs were pretty caked with wax and looking rather unglamorous.

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But then Jane put them on scrunched up aluminum foil nests and into a warm toaster oven, and in a few minutes the wax began to melt off.
Then I wiped off the melted wax with a paper towel.
Look at how the eggs turned out. I’m thrilled with them.
Now all that’s left is to gently punch holes on either end and blow the contents out. Then I can lacquer them and add them to our Easter branch.

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Thank you so much Jane. This was tons of fun. 😀

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7 Comments

  • Reply Chloe March 21, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Beautiful!! What fun! I may have to try to paint a few eggs myself this year! xoxo

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks March 21, 2016 at 4:20 am

    My Rare One “writes” beautiful pysanky (as the painting process is called in Ukrainian). I’ve tried my hand at a few over the years as well. It’s a very cool process, I agree, and the moment of revelation is always a thrill!

  • Reply daryledelstein March 21, 2016 at 5:15 am

    oh that is awesome … i saw a video, well part of video, where the eggs were put into a bed of either purple cabbage leaves or some other leafy veggie and the colors dye the egg but i didnt watch long enough to see what they did with the veggies after …
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  • Reply Pondside March 21, 2016 at 5:38 am

    That’s something I’ve never tried. When we lived in northern Alberta I bought several and (amazingly) they have survived the years and many moves. Well done!

  • Reply Jennifer J. Chow March 21, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Ooh, those look amazing!

  • Reply Kate Curry March 21, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I wonder if your babi ever made them? Wait, she was pretty busy making her amazing beer (which I remember enjoying, washing down her hamburgers….)

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm March 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Looks like tons of fun! Wow, so intricate. Mine would be splotched and ghastly. Not a creative bone in my body. Happy Easter lovely 😀

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