In a few weeks I'll be taking a pysanky (Ukrainian dyed eggs) workshop for a third year in a row. And hopefully this year I can avoid the disaster that befell last year's egg!
But in the mean time I've been having tons of fun making these pysanky style gourds.
I got the inspiration from Pam's post at Gingerbread Snowflakes about decorating gourds using markers and colored pencils. It was a fantastic idea- that literally had me running down to the studio in the middle of the night to get my gourds and markers! (You should really check out the beautiful ornaments she made in her post!)
At first I did some flowered designs but soon realized that this idea could be used to make Pysanky-like patterns all over a gourd instead of on the traditionally used egg.
This is the first one I made. It was left natural and colored with markers.
On these two, I got brave and not only made more intricate designs but also painted the gourds white with acrylic paint before I started.
All of them were sprayed with sealer after they were finished.
- If you'd like to try making your own gourds (or eggs for that matter) you can find free pysanky patterns here.
- And this is a great place to buy materials for making the eggs.