If you thought you might learn a few tips on producing traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs this week, you'll be disappointed.
|Behold my epic tjanting skills!|
But, when life hands you lemons, make egg salad.
I know that makes no sense. What I really mean to say is when all else fails, go back to what you know. I need a lot more practice to wield a tjanting. I can handle a paint brush and a pen.
I began by painting a paper mache egg with an Eastery color. After lightly sketching a design from the book Eggs Beautiful, I simply traced my lines with extra fine and regular permanent markers in black.
Real pysanky uses dyes in multiple colors.
I painted the eggs with the base color of my design and traced over all my penciled lines with a liner brush dipped in white paint thinned with extender. I then just painted the different colors over the white as necessary. The white helps the color stay true. For the blue egg, I painted the entire design in white and then overpainted the yellow and orange. I applied a layer of floor wax to add shine.
If you'd like to try faux Ukrainian Easter eggs you'll need:
1. Some sort of sealer to add the shine.
2. Acrylic craft paint and paint extender.
3. A pin board for drying. (Poke pins into a scrap of foam core.)
4. Liner and small round brushes for detail work and a flat brush for base coating.
5. Pencil, and permanent markers for the doodled eggs.
6. Real blown–out or paper mache eggs.
7. Patterns, or make your own.
If you'd like to do real pysanky with wax and dyes (and I still do), see Suzy's tutorial on Suzy's Artsy–Crafty Sitcom. She clearly details the process. The author of my book is the original owner of the shop she recommends for supplies. I'll be ordering a new kistka and dyes, and you may still see some true eggs done before Easter.
In the meantime, I'm going to paint a few more eggs. I even stole a few of my kids' plastic eggs to make more paper mache eggs.
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