Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter! And an intro to pysanky...

Happy Easter!
Khristos Voskres! (Christ is Risen!)

Wishing all of my readers a very Happy Easter and give you a little information on an ancient art form called pysanky. Many of you may be familiar with this beautiful tradition, but if not, there is a fantastic article that was in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently that can give you the details:

We have been doing the regular young-kid egg dyeing projects, but this year was the first year I was able to introduce my girls (ages 5 and 3) to pysanky. I am of Ukrainian heritage and learned this from my aunt and mother when I was just a bit older than they are now. 

It's been years since I have made them myself, but I am looking forward to doing them in years to come with my kids.

Although we weren't quite ready to mess around with the permanent dyes typically used for this, I decided to dig out the kistkas (wax writing styluses) and beeswax to give my girls a little introduction into how it is done.

I started by 'writing' a few dividing lines around the egg to show them, and then let them each try a little scribbling with the wax. They loved it.

Here is my older daughter giving the kistka a try.

Do you have any Easter art traditions in your family?

I hope that you enjoy this beautiful day!


Melody said...

Happy Easter!
The eggs are beautiful~ looks like something that would be really neat to do(try)!
Wonderful to teach kids tradition AND crafting at the same time!

erin said...

Such beautiful eggs! And what a fun way to share art and your history with your daughters, I love it!

Carol Creech said...

Thanks, Melody and Erin!

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