The whole process of decorating a pysanka, consists of twelve basic steps listed in this post. I have chosen a very basic egg design for the first egg, and if you purchased an egg decorating kit, you will find several other designs to choose from for your next projects.
These Ukrainian Easter Eggs were decorated by my Great-Aunt Anna Kril Bart (Bartoszewska) and her children, in Queens, New York, over 80 years ago. The “sticks” displayed in front of the platter, are homemade styluses, used for drawing the outlines for the design on these eggs. The stylus handles were made from tree twigs, and the metal funnels were made from a metal can cut out…..such was life even in New York, USA, many years ago.
I was lucky to have been invited to a Multicultural Evening, at a local Elementary School.
There were beautiful displays of artifacts and ethnic foods from several countries such as: Ukraine, Poland, Ireland, Australia, South America, India, China, Philippines, Scotland, and Africa. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful ethnic dance performance by Irish, India and Philippines dancers.
It was fascinating to sample the different ethnic foods, and admire the artifacts.
These Ukrainian Easter Eggs were designed by my children, several years ago, under my guidance and assistance. I was a head counselor of a youth group, at my church, for 16 years, and Easter Egg decorating was the most desired craft project of the year. Even the youngest group members, 6 years old, tried their hand at the art of decorating Easter Eggs (we would let them use boiled eggs….to avoid disasters and disappointments with the finished product).