Ukrainian Folk Art Eggs
These wonderful hand-drawn designs on fresh eggs have been a timeless tradition in Ukraine.
Here are some of my collection:
The pysanky are made using a wax-resist dyeing technique. The hot beeswax is applied to the fresh egg using a special writing tool: the kistka. After drawing the initial lines on the egg with wax, the egg is dipped in a dye bath. Alternating applications of wax and dye baths result in the complicated patterns, which are revealed only at the end of the process when the wax is removed.
Take a look at the successive stages of a simple design :
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Stage 5 Stage 6
Top Web Sites on Pysanky.
1. How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs.
A great page with simple explanations
and great pictures.
2. Southern Arizona Folk Arts – Pysanky
Contains details about this complex Ukrainian Easter egg making art form. http://dizzy.library.arizona.edu/images/folkarts/pysanky.html
3. Ukrainian Gift Shop
This family-owned business
offers supplies for creating Pysanky, traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs. Learn
the meaning of common symbols and designs.