To celebrate the start of spring, last weekend we were invited by Lisa and Robb to attend their 2011 Egg-Stravaganza. The purpose of the event was to spend a crafty afternoon learning the art of Pysanky.
A Pysanka is a traditionally decorated Ukranian Easter egg. The eggs are decorated using a wax-resist (batik) method. Patterns are scribed onto the eggs using melted beeswax with a stylus tool called a kistka.
We began on Sunday by blowing out some eggs from our hens.
Easier said than done with a very fresh egg. Although we could have left the eggs whole, by removing the contents of the egg, they can later be fitted with string and hung as ornaments.
The eggs are dipped in various colors of dye throughout the design process. Anywhere the wax is applied prior to dipping in dye, the egg will resist absorbing the dye. By alternating wax and dye layers, intricate and colorful designs can be created.
When we arrived, Lisa taught us the basics of the Pysanky egg-dying method. We primarily focused on the mechanics, rather than traditional designs this time, and had a lot of fun simply being creative with the wax and dye.
Despite being somewhat artistically challenged, we had a ton of fun, and were quite proud of how our eggs turned out at the end of day.
We now have an entirely new appreciation for what it would take to produce some of the more intricately patterned eggs such as these.
Everyone had a great time being creative. Unfortunately, we were so absorbed decorating our own eggs, we kept forgetting to take pictures, but here are some egg-samples of some of the other egg-quisitely decorated eggs that were created by others attending Lisa’s Egg-Stravaganza on Sunday. We think they’re all egg-cellent!
Possibilities were only limited by one’s own imagination, but for those short on ideas, Lisa also had a lovely collection of inspiration eggs on hand in various colors and patterns.
Unfortunately, the time went by too quickly, but we can’t wait for the next Egg-Stravaganza so we can try our hand at this again. We can honestly say that an egg-cellent time was had by all!
Thanks for inviting us Lisa!
If you’re interested in creating your own Pysanky eggs, some craft stores, and numerous online retailers, have supplies and kits available.
For more information about Pysanky:
Instructions for creating Pysanky by Jennifer Minnis
Pysanka Museum – Ukraine