Tuesday, March 15, 2011


If you are like me you first saw pysanky eggs on Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton when you were a little kid, but never got to try it out for yourself. Well, this year for Easter I plan to finally give it a try. If you don't already know, pysanky is a Ukrainian art form of decorating eggs through a layering process of waxes and dyes. Designs for these eggs range from the traditional to the modern, but all well-made pysanky eggs are intricate and colorful, which is why I love them.

The method is simple enough, you start by dying your egg the lightest color you plan to use like yellow or white. Everything that you want to remain this color, cover with wax, using the kistka or stylus. Then, dye the egg the next lightest color, and place more wax where you wish the egg to stay that color. Repeat these steps using progressively darker colors, ending with black dye. Using the side of a candle flame, melt the wax, and wipe gently with a soft cloth. After the egg has dried, finish with a high-gloss lacquer to protect your design.

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