I had a really, really awesome art teacher when I was in high school. It made me want to be an art teacher myself. Anyway, we always did the coolest things. She taught us how to make paper, handmade journals, screen print, transfer images and then around easter she taught use about Ukrainian Eggs. It is a technique that is called Pysanky. Eggs are decorated using a wax-resist (or batik) method. There are very specific Ukrainian Folk Designs that are used to decorate these eggs. They really are beautiful. I still have my little tool and chunk of beeswax from high school that I use to make eggs every year.
1. Hollow out some eggs (hard boiled would work too they just gross me out, so I blow all the yolks out), get some food coloring and get yourself some beeswax and your Little Dipper Pen
2. The tool has a metal funnel to scrape wax and allow you to write with it after it is melted
3. Fill some glasses with hot water and vingear and get all your dyes ready to go
4. You will need a candle to melt the wax
5. Scrape wax into funnel
6. Heat in flame to melt the wax
7. Start to draw on your egg where you want white to stay. I decided to write Rowans name and make some little white polka dots.
8. Once you are finished drawing where you want to stay white. Dip in the first color. You will have to think thru your drawing as far as colors because you will be layering as you go. You wouldn’t be able to dip in blue first and then think you will get yellow down the line. I started in Yellow first. Dried it off after and then drew again with melted wax where I wanted the yellow to stay. Then I dipped in Red. Then drew again where I wanted the red to stay. Then finally dipped in Blue to make a purple color.
9. Anything nice about my nails is now over after sticking them in dye all afternoon. I felt like an art teacher again. Haha. my hands were always a mess when I was teaching.
10. When you are done dipping your eggs will look dull and dingy with all the wax on them. Here comes the fun part…
11. Hold your egg near the flame to melt the wax.
12. As wax melts wipe wax away revealing the vibrant colors below. Work your way around the egg until the whole egg is clean.
13. Make as many eggs are you want!
14. Your finished product will wow everyone as they wonder how you decorate such awesome eggs!!! It does take a while to make them, so be patient. I made two yesterday and then needed a break. I am going to try for a few more today.
Tools can be found at Dick Blick.