Second day for me in the Make Something Cool Every Day challenge.
Today I went to a crafting workshop and learned how to make Pysanky (or Ukrainian Easter Eggs) The class was offered at the Wistariahurst Museum (which is a gorgeous historic mansion) and was taught by a wonderful woman, Carol Kostecki.
This was probably one of the best classes I've ever taken- It was so much fun! Over the 4 hours we each decorated our own egg (we all did the same pattern) step by step.
Here are the first wax lines. These will stay white once the egg is all done.
After drawing the wax lines the egg was dyed it's first color.
Here it is after I put the egg in yellow.
Then I made green dots and covered them with wax and dipped in orange-
I drew tear drops, then dipped it in red.
I filled in the star pattern- so this part will stay red.
Then the egg went into black- the final color.
After I melted off all the wax- the layers of color were revealed!
This was the best part, seeing all the colors appear as the wax melted off.
Traditionally the pictures and colors have meaning. The pine needles symbolize youth and health, and yellow means fertility.
I love to decorate Easter eggs but have only every used a basic kit from the grocery store- this was so much more satisfying! The egg turned out better than I could've ever expected. And I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it turned out to be- the eggs look so complicated (and some no doubt are) but this pattern and technique really was easy once it was broken down into steps.
Carol brought some examples of her own decorated eggs that were incredible (and way more difficult).
I could totally see myself doing more of these...we got to keep the stylus (called a kistky), wax, and instruction booklet so all I need do do is order dye and I'll be able to try my hand at a few more designs.
I know that yesterday's MSCE post was about eggs too, but hey it's April...and maybe I'm on an egg kick. I still have my grocery store dye kit to use so there's at least one more egg post to go!