Every year at this time, I work at decorating eggs, using the wax resist/dye method of Pysanky, –Ukrainian Easter Eggs. Dewey Mayes piqued my interest in this religious art form, and then Tammy Hritzvey gave lessons at the Higher Education Center and I took her class and learned how to do the eggs.
People tell me that they couldn’t do Pysanky because they aren’t artistic. But once a person learns the technique, the artistic quality develops. I think that practicing Pysanky has helped my technique with drawing and painting, though the methods are very different.
Working with the eggs is so satisfying. I can’t make perfect symmetrical designs, but, to me, the results are attractive, and I do so much enjoy most of the process. I delight to remove all the black wax and discover the sight of the beautiful colors and patterns that were hidden under it. Blowing the contents of the egg out of the egg isn’t so much fun. I use Aunt Margie’s Egg Blowing Tool, which makes it so much easier than using my breath to force the yolk and white out of the egg, but it is still a messy process. It’s really hazardous to the finished egg! This is the part of the process where it is most vulnerable for the egg.
I feel so much satisfaction when I see an egg through to the end of the process and put it safely into the drying box. The next satisfaction comes when I can give a beautiful egg to a friend. I’m so glad that I was introduced to the art of Pysanky.