{Friday Finds} Pysanky ~ Ukranian Egg Decorating

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ff2_md1Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (They aren’t necessarily books you purchased.)

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Many years ago in a school art class, we were introduced to a new way to decorate eggs. The process involved drawing intricate designs in wax on eggs, dying them, applying more wax, dying in a darker color, and so on. Then when we had all the layers of wax and dye completed, we melted away the wax to reveal a beautiful design full of intricate patterns and bursting with color.

The eggs I made that day were broken years later in a move. I’ve always wanted to make more and the itch gets stronger as spring rolls around. I decided to browse Amazon (my go-to shopping spot because I’m always accumulating gift cards with rewards programs lol) and I came across some wonderful kits. I also discovered some books full of inspiration. Those are my “finds” for this week.

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Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs With Wax & Dye by Jane Pollak

Truly exquisite designs, intricate details, brilliant color schemes…on an egg? Achieve all this and more with ease while admiring the unbelievable beauty displayed in glorious color throughout these pages. Apply gem-like colors and watch as they awaken the design “written” on the egg in wax. From classic “quilt” patterns, to traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs and everything in between, you’re sure to be enchanted by this age-old craft.

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Pysanky in the 21st Century by Helen Badulak

Pysanky in the 21st Century” is a unique book that puts a new spin on the traditional folk art of Ukrainian Pysanky (Easter Eggs). During each century, traditions evolve, change, and expand. While sticking to the foundation of the folk art, Helen Badulak has spent the last 35 years mastering Ukrainian Pysanky and turning her work from a folk art into a fine art. This book records her expertise by giving advise and design documentation.

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Eggs Beautiful: How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs by Johanna Luciow

This concise book gives you very detailed, easy-to-follow directions for making traditional Ukranian Easter eggs. The directions are the most explicit and detailed of any book I’ve come across. Plus, there’s plenty of info on traditional designs and their meanings. Not as many full color illustrations as some books…but a lot more detailed instructions and explanation of design components than most.


9 Comments

  1. I have always wanted to decorate and make beautiful eggs just for my children and now my grandchildren. I am going to check out that book “Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs with Wax and Dye.” Maybe I can learn this craft.

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    • It’s a surprisingly simple craft with very amazing results. I hope you come back and share pictures… I’d love to see!

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  2. This is a great commentary. I love the information I always wanted to know more about how these eggs were made.

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  3. I have always found these eggs jaw dropping beautiful. I had no idea there were meanings behind some of the designs, I just thought it was pretty. I don’t have a crafty bone in my body, but I do think it would be fun to attempt making them.

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    • Go for it! We learned to do this in grade school and even with the shaky lines and sloppy dye jobs, they all came out beautifully. It’s a very forgiving craft. :)

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  4. Wow! These eggs are so beautiful…I wish this was a talent I had!

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    • I say go for it! We did eggs just like these in grade school and everyone’s eggs looked beautiful. It’s a very forgiving craft… and maybe you’ll discover a new talent!

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  5. These eggs are so beautifully and painstakingly crafted. I had no idea this form of art existed, so I really appreciate the information. This is going on my bucket list.

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    • It’s definitely worth the time and effort it takes to make them. Even the “goof-ups” look beautiful.

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