Kataryna's Decorated Eggs 

    

Drapanka - Design scratched on a dyed egg. Also seen in the Greek egg decorating tradition.

 

  

Drop Pull Eggs - Also known as Lemko Region Easter eggs. A drop of wax is placed on the egg with the head of a pin and pulled to form a tail. This is my first attempt and the technique.

Krapanka - Eggs with different coloured dots. This one was made by droping wax on multiple washes in Onion skin dye, then dyeing the egg in which a black wash.

Lystowka - Leaves are pasted on to an egg which is then dyes in Onion skin dye. Alternately the leaves are placed on the egg and then the works are wrapped tightly in cheese cloth then dyed. This particular egg was done with a flour pasted leaf. This method is particular to northwestern Ukraine, but I first learned the technique as a Greek tradition.

 

Pysanka - Grand Goddess design, dyed in Onion skin dye. This is a replica of the design that Vasyl Skurativsky depicts in his book as being a 10th century egg that was held in the Kiev Historical Museum and goes by the name “Beregynia (protector). I have not found another record, or a picture of the egg in question, but Skurativsky, speaking of the 1930's - 40's turmoil, states in his book:

“The exhibits were withdrawn from numerous museums (and there was a number of cases when bureaucrats from arts issued secret instructions to destroy them.) ”

Later in the book he also discusses the fines and legal proceedings brought against those who made or sold Pysanka. 

(Skurativsky, Vasyl; “Centuries Old Beregynia – and introduction to the book Psyche Pysanky Babunia, Psyche Mama, Pushu ia by Soffiika Zielyk”; Kiev, 1992)

Partially completed Non-traditional SCA heraldic egg - Later given to a visiting AnTir Royal. This is obviously the Principality of Avacal heraldry. Currently you see it with the area that will remain white covered with wax. due to the how fine the detail is on this egg it was done with my electric kystka, and would have been dyed with modern aniline dyes. All the pencil marks would remain un-waxed and become fine black lines on the last dye wash.

I don't recall which royal this egg went to. If someone sees this and the egg has survived, could you please send me a picture of the final egg. Thanks.

 

Traditional Pysanka - Modern (but not electric) kystka, analine dye. Wax is in the process of being removed (last step in making the egg).

Traditional Pysanka Border - this was made with a hand made kystka and aniline dye, so the lines are not as even or as fine as I would have liked.


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