Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What's been swallowing my time

The week before Easter I took a Pysanky making class.  (Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter Eggs)  I did grow up making these, but was never very accomplished, or patient, with them.  In Ukraine I made a few but I haven't attempted a pysanky in at least eight years.  I took the class with my very artistically talented friend Kelly (her first time ever making Pysanky) and was blown away by her natural talent.  For me, it wasn't so much about how great my eggs might one day be, but more about getting reacquainted with my Ukrainian roots.  It was fun and even relaxing.  And it was inspiring.  Pam Gomf, the instructor, is simply amazing.  She is actually one of only 5 egg masters in the world.  Her inspiration had Kelly and I attempting eggs all week.  Here's what I managed (well, the ones I'm willing to show)

The process is similar to batik.  You apply wax where you want the colour to remain what it is then you dye the egg and cover with wax what you want to stay that colour.  At the end you blow the egg (remove the inside) and then melt off the wax.  Easy, right?


Margo said...

Those are gorgeous - but I am surprised not to see any purple?!!!

Scrapamum said...

Fabulous! I ordered all of the supplies to try and do some for Easter but they still have not arrived. Nest year?