Thursday, March 31, 2011


Pysanka Egg
My very first attempt at Pysanky using one color.
My dear friend Julia and her lovely daughters gave me the Pysanky kit last year
as a gift and I hadn't tried it yet. Using the the kystka to draw is tricky!
But i will continue to practice and make a few more before Easter.

49 Lovely Comments:

Blogger Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

I am thinking that if you have ZERO plans of eating the egg, you could do it using making fluid instad of the wax. I did it the traditional Ukranian way many times before, but if you don't have a kit, I am better the fluid and some food colouring dyes would work just as well!

3/31/2011 10:30 AM  
Blogger Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

That would be MASKING FLUID not making. *sigh*

3/31/2011 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Nelle said...

That is beautiful indeed and something I would love to try. I have seen many traditional decorated eggs in Hungary but didn't know how they were done. So interesting!

3/31/2011 10:40 AM  
Blogger atpalicis said...

hello from Ukraine lol
i was so surprised to see pysanky here!
my mom and my grandma use onions peel to die eggs and decorate it with leaves) you put a leaf on egg, fix it and then put it into onion peel. eggs become deep orange and redish with white leaves silhouettes :)

3/31/2011 10:42 AM  
Blogger BrittanButterfly said...

how beautiful, what a talent! can't wait to see some more!!!

3/31/2011 10:43 AM  
Blogger tinajo said...

You make the prettiest things! :-)

3/31/2011 11:07 AM  
Blogger Ramón said...

Incredible you are an artist from head to toe. I'd like to meet you in person. A thousand kisses from Spain.

3/31/2011 11:26 AM  
Blogger Angel Dog Designs said...

I just visited the Ukrainian Museum and Library in Stamford, Ct and saw so many lovely Pysanky eggs...what a lovely job you did ♥

3/31/2011 11:29 AM  
Blogger Patty Biermans said...

Ít's a beautiful egg! I'm curious to see more of them. I know that the kystka is difficult to use. I did some batik in the 70th's and struggled with that thing a long time. Wish you lots of luck with it. Hugzz...Peebee

3/31/2011 11:52 AM  
Blogger ariadne said...

I collect eggs and show them off at Easter here. Pysanky is difficult.I like painting my eggs.AriadnefromGreece!

3/31/2011 11:54 AM  
Blogger MJC *-* said...

such a sweet egg!

3/31/2011 12:17 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

How beautiful. I especially like the fern you drew.

3/31/2011 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Matka Polka said...

Pisanki:)))) I,m going to make some too, but to make it easier I though of using liquid gum instead of wax. But if I wanted to use wax maybe a tjanting ( it`s a tool used to put wax on batik ) woukd be helpfull?
Ps. pisanki are very popular not only in Ukraine, but in all western Europe, here in Poland too. And also KRASZANKI ( I thing you wolud write it this way: KRASHANKY). They are in one colour without decoration and what`s important they are painted in a brew made only from natural painting products like oak`s or alder tree`s bark, walnuts` nutshells, beetroots etc.
Greetings from Poland:)

3/31/2011 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Matka Polka said...

Oh, and one more thing. My mum, grandmum and her mum used to polish died eggs with oil- butter usually to make it shiny.

3/31/2011 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How nice to see it. We still do it a lot in Poland. I think we use more flower patterns than geometric. When I was a child we did not have any kit so we did it with wax crayon and candle. I remember it was fun.

3/31/2011 1:42 PM  
Blogger Margie Oomen said...

i really want to try some naturally dyed ones
thank you so much for the inspiration

3/31/2011 1:57 PM  
OpenID Cozy Memories said...

oooh that's so pretty !!
If Margie cares to share, I'd love to know how to make the naturally dyed ones :)

3/31/2011 2:30 PM  
Blogger Mlle Paradis said...

wow what a lot of nice comments and ideas this one generated. love pysany, love your one color effort.

3/31/2011 3:09 PM  
Blogger Pretty Things said...

Holy smokes but is that wonderful.

3/31/2011 4:51 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

So earthy and beautiful! These remind me of wood-burned gourd art.

3/31/2011 5:11 PM  
Blogger Sound Horn Please said...

Didn't know that just 2 colors could look so gorgeous!

3/31/2011 5:15 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

That is so beautiful! I love the two-color design. My mom used to make pysanky eggs but I've never tried it. Look forward to seeing more of your efforts in this medium!

3/31/2011 6:48 PM  
Anonymous The Muse of The Day said...

The wax resist looks gorgeous with the brown of the egg peeking through and being brought out by the brown in the little nest. Beautiful. Between you and Margie, I am in heaven. I just completed a project inspired by Margie (come see), now I just might have to give this wax resist method a try. Carolina

3/31/2011 7:23 PM  
Blogger Winterwood said...

beautiful! do pop over and see mine on my blog!

3/31/2011 9:00 PM  
Blogger Bozena Wojtaszek said...

Just for more inspiration:
The site is in Polish, but the pictures say enough.
The ones from Lowicz (with characteristic cock) are decorated with paper cutworks glued to the eggs.

3/31/2011 10:20 PM  
Blogger Mara said...

How awesome! You're using the kit. My mom and I had such a fun time taking our egg decorating class. It included her setting a paper towel on fire (accidentally) in the middle of class and me having to stomp it out (and I directed her to please NOT drop it on the table littered with other paper towels!). Who said decorating eggs was boring?! ~Mara

3/31/2011 10:28 PM  
Blogger barbarabeesblog said...

that is looking great and I admire how you could draw this fine lines on a slippery egg!

3/31/2011 11:41 PM  
Blogger Jenni C's said...

i learnt something the design!

4/01/2011 1:06 AM  
Blogger Zuli said...

I´m doing something similar with my Grandma from Hungary each year in eastertime. But we use the paring of red onions. The eggs become a red-brown color. We use nylon socks to put leafs on the eggs or paint with beewax on them. I´ve never heard of a kistka ( we painted with a needle or a toothpick-very difficult!), but now i´m going to buy one on ebay :) Thanks! Your blog is the most beautiful i´ve ever seen!

4/01/2011 2:17 AM  
Blogger dutch sisters said...

Very pretty! Have to check out this technique.

4/01/2011 6:04 AM  
Blogger jefalody said...

gorgeous! i love the black. it makes the egg look like gold leaf.

4/01/2011 8:14 AM  
OpenID sudukc said...

I'm taking a class this week-end...hope mine looks half as good as yours.

4/01/2011 8:42 AM  
Blogger BillieBee (billiemick) said...

It's just lovely.

4/01/2011 5:51 PM  
Blogger dlatego said...

pisanka is polish not ukrainian!

4/02/2011 3:05 AM  
Blogger maria araci said...

You have to make your birds on this eggs.

4/05/2011 8:39 PM  
Blogger Škorčica said...

Easter eggs are very traditional thing in my country, too, Geninne.

There are many different ones with beautiful decorations and techniques and we call them "pirhi" and on some areas "pisanice".

Maybe it would interest you one of our present time artist, that developed a special technique:
He makes little holes into the egg-shells and they are now called "Vrhniški pirhi".
What is amazing about that, that he makes about 3.000 holes per egg!
(and his record is 17.000, could you believe! - it took him 2 months to finished it)

Here are 2 links for you
(the video is in Slovene, but the art-eggs speak for themselves):

Lep pozdrav / Greetings!

4/06/2011 11:26 AM  
Blogger dotblogg said...

Polish Pisanki!:))) how great is to see them on your beautiful blog:))
hugs and happy weekend!

4/16/2011 3:11 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Beautiful pysanky and great article thanks for sharing your artistic talent.

11/07/2011 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I love the simple yet intricate design. Great job, and definitely inspiring me to try this myself!

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