Monday, March 29, 2010

My Egg's Not All It's Cracked Up To Be.....

Yesterday I spent an interesting afternoon with four friends learning (allegedly) how to decorate Easter eggs in the Pysanky style of the Ukraine.
We met at The Ukrainian Museum in the East Village of NYC, a beautiful and surprisingly modern building.  We saw the short film Pysanka, which showed an artist creating a masterpiece.  She made it look easy; trust me, it's not.
Do not think for one minute that drawing a straight line on a raw egg with hot wax in a copper stylus is easy!
First you draw your basic design with the wax.  Everything you draw will be white on the finished piece. Then the egg gets dipped in the lightest dye, which for us was yellow.  Then you do more drawing and covering with the wax to preserve whatever parts you want to remain yellow.  Next color is orange.  This continues with red, and finally, black.  The last step is holding the finished egg close to the flame of a candle and wiping off the wax as it melts.  This reveals the completed colorful design.
As difficult as the drawing was, I think just thinking about what should be covered, how the colors would look in the end, was even harder.
But, we had sooooo much fun, and afterwards had a great meal at a nearby Ukrainian restaurant.
Yes, this is me, showing off my finished egg, wobbly lines and all.
Amalia did a great job!
Corris holding her finished egg.
Kahena's design was a very modern take on this traditional craft.
And lastly, Laurel, who began her birthday celebration with egg decorating (doesn't everyone?), looks rightly pleased with her creation.  Happy Birthday, Laurel!
We already decided we're coming back next year, and we just know our lines will be much straighter!

I'll be back later with another post to announce my blogoversary giveaway winners!

14 comments:

Diann said...

Fantastic EGG! What fun you and your friends had - I do so love the joy you have with ART and Life!
Diann

Carol's Crafts said...

That looks like tons of fun. I bet that wasn't an easy way to decorate an egg, but it turned out very pretty.

Tammy D said...

Those are great eggs. I would rather find them in my basket than any pastel thing.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I think you all did a FABULOUS job! What a FUN experience!!!!

Scrapping Mom said...

I think all of your eggs came out awesome. Looks like lots of fun.
Celeste

Elaine A said...

I think you all did an awesome job for your first attempts at egg decorating. I bet the class was fun even if you all felt a bit out of your comfort zones. A fun day learning a new craft, celebrating a friends birthday, dinner out, and just the enjoyment of spending time with friends.

ShellyRaeWood said...

Eileen!! Those are too cool! HOw fun to step out of the box and create something totally new!! I bet you had a blast!! :)

Nanc said...

What a fun and new experience. I love yours. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

That really looks like fun! It's always great to try and learn something new! And hey, you can just tell people you planned the lines that way. No one would ever know. lol

Elaine A said...

This looks like fun Eileen. And I think your lines look just fine - LOL! All the eggs look great!

Elaine Allen

Corris said...

Wow! I loved this post. Such a fun time out with great ladies. :)

2amscrapper said...

Green with envy on this one. I have a collection of these eggs but never tried making one myself.

Julie Ann said...

Wow!! That's really neat! I think your turned out beautifully! But no comparison to you- looking gorgeous in that pretty beaded blouse! :)

Pam Austin said...

I think your egg is fabulous! (wavy lines and all!)