"Here comes Peter Cottontail...." and he is gathering some of these awesome UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS to take with him!!
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Monday, March 21, 2016
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Mr. Sean Sanders has done it again! His creativity and his humanities class's talent are a good combination

It is called the art of PYSANKY.  PYSANKA are the eggs-  Ukrainian Easter Eggs

       

Mr. Sean Sanders, band director.humanities teacher, has delved our students in to the art of PYSANKY and just in time for Easter!  What IS PYSANKY anyway?!

What is a pysanka?

Pysanky is a traditional craft in Ukraine and Poland. The method is similar to batik - patterns are drawn on the egg with wax, which then protects the covered areas from the dye that is applied. By repeating this process with different colors of dye, a multi-colored pattern is built up. Finally, the wax is removed to reveal the colors that were covered up at each stage. A layer of polyurethane can be added over the finished egg to protect the dyed design and to give a gloss finish.

Traditionally, the eggs were left whole. They would eventually dry out and become light. Some of my eggs are left whole, in keeping with tradition. Some of my eggs are blown to allow them to be hung as ornaments. 

Want to make some of your own?

Materials Needed:

Eggs
Pure Beeswax Block
Candle
Kistka 
Dyes
Pencil
Heat Tool (optional)
Paper Towels

Before you begin, WASH YOUR HANDS! Oils on your hands can get on the egg shells and cause uneven dyeing. It helps to make sure your hands are clean before you start handling the eggs.

always start with room temperature eggs. cold eggs will sweat marring your pencil lines or your dye. 

Helpful sites:

http://www.learnpysanky.com/

YouTube also has several instructional videos on this unique twist to egg decoration

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