Christopher Trignani

 

Artist & Art Educator

    Pysanky are ancient Ukrainian Easter Eggs. They are dyed using a batik, wax-resist method. The designs are not painted on, but written with hot beeswax. These eggs are traditionally dyed in a series of colors, starting with the lightest to the darkest. In between each dye bath, more hot beeswax is melted and drawn on the eggs to form patterns of color. In the end, the wax is melted off to reveal the vibrant colors and symbols.

My Pysanky Demonstration:

 

The Pencil lines...

The completed drawing…

The application of hot beeswax lines on the egg…

Dipping the egg in the yellow dye…

Yellow egg - The first lines under the beeswax will always remain white…

Completed patterns of hot beeswax on the yellow dyed egg…

Applying new beeswax lines to the leaves and stem. These lines will always remain yellow.

Applying green dye to the egg shell in certain areas to color the stem and leaves….

Sealing in the exposed areas I only want to remain green with more hot beeswax….

The egg is dipped into a Golden Yellow dye.

The green dye that was exposed and untouched from the beeswax has washed away.

More lines of Hot beeswax are written over the Golden yellow dyed shell sealing in the flower outlines, flower buds and the side patterns.

Dying the egg into the Red dye bath…

Red dyed eggshell…

Sealing in the red color with more hot beeswax in the flower area…

Sealing in theRed color with more hot beeswax in the side pattern….

After the red designs were sealed with beeswax, the egg is submerged into the Black dye….

The beeswax is melted off and is wiped away after heating the egg over a flame….

The egg and all of it’s colorful patterns are finally revealed after all the wax is wiped off….

The egg yolk is extracted out and the egg is varnished to protect the dye from running off….