Last weekend, I took a 2-hour class on making Pysanky, Ukrainian Easter Eggs. These use a batik method, which was totally new to me! Our patient instructor helped me understand the steps for applying the wax and dying the egg, going from light to dark. We used a kristka to apply the tiny bits and lines of melted beeswax at each stage. As in Zentangle, there are no mistakes! So when a giant blob of wax dripped onto my thin line, I had to figure out how to incorporate it into my design. :\
I used a Sharpie to try to clean things up a bit once I was home. My egg was so dark! Not what I imagined for a symbol of light and renewal! Now that I have a better understanding of the batik process, I may give it another go later.
To give you a better idea of the beauty and art of Pysanky, I've included some pictures of eggs done by a master craftsman, Henry G., who happened to show up at our class! His talent and experience--over 40 years!--are apparent.
Have you ever tangled an egg?
Thanks for visiting! Have a joyful and restful week!