My latest pysanky include both brown and white eggs, and a mix of traditional and freestyle designs.
I have recently been having a lot of fun experimenting with brown eggs for pysanky. I love the earthy quality of the dyes on the brown eggs. Here are a few:
Remade this pysanka by my Mom. Left- Mom’s pysanka circa approx. 1980. Right- mine, 2013.
This photo shows a brown egg pysanka in some of the final steps- at the final stage with all the wax on, and then with the wax removed. All left to do is to varnish and blow out the egg.
Since I have just moved half way down the east coast, I haven’t made too many new pysanky this Spring. I did have a chance, however, to enjoy a krashanka, which is a traditional Easter egg, hard-boiled, dyed one color. This differs a lot from pysanky, which are made on raw eggs and not eaten.
Orthodox Easter this year was on May 5
These pysanky served both as merch and fodder for a poster for the Wilhelm Brothers’ show at the Ukrainian Club in Philadelphia, PA!
Thank you to everyone who came out to my pysanky demo at the library! You were a lovely audience and asked such great questions! Special thanks to the Roslindale branch of the Boston Public Library for hosting my demo and exhibit for December and January!