MyrosiaPysankyArt

Traditional Ukrainian pysanky eggs and whimsical art

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Announcement    Welcome to MyrosiaPysankyArt! I hope you will be as eggcited as I am about my creations.
While I normally work mostly on chicken, goose and duck eggs I have recently been playing with some different shells and am looking forward to sharing them with you. I recently finished some turkey and pheasant pysanky -loads of fun! And recently received a pair of large Rhea eggs I can't wait to play with :) Be sure to come and visit again to see these new works of pysanky art! :)

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Last updated on 13 Sep, 2021

Welcome to MyrosiaPysankyArt! I hope you will be as eggcited as I am about my creations.
While I normally work mostly on chicken, goose and duck eggs I have recently been playing with some different shells and am looking forward to sharing them with you. I recently finished some turkey and pheasant pysanky -loads of fun! And recently received a pair of large Rhea eggs I can't wait to play with :) Be sure to come and visit again to see these new works of pysanky art! :)

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MyrosiaPysankyArt playing with eggs in all shapes and sizes

Throughout her life Myrosia has always had an avid interest in art. Her explorations began as a small child when she held a crayon and scribbled her interpretive imaginings on the living room wall while her grandfather napped. Her parents, though always supportive, never bought her permanent markers. The interest continued to develop in various art classes taken at the Ottawa School of Art. After a brief stint pursuing logic and higher mathematics in Environmental Engineering at Carleton University, Myrosia found herself lured into the Animation program at Algonquin College. Here she found she was encouraged once again to scribble, though this time on paper, with purpose and a paycheck. Her success is evident in the credits of many children’s television shows.

Her lifelong dabbling in various forms of art continues to evolve. Currently, the youthful themes and colourful characters depicted in her acrylic paintings express her childlike enthusiasm seeking to connect with the inner child found in everyone else. Her paintings are a capture of energetic motion and playful innocence in a static field. Working out of her home studio, Myrosia has also been exploring a more graphical form of art which is inspired by the patterns found in pysanky as well as her love of Egyptian, Mayan, and Aboriginal Canadian art.

Myrosia’s other artistic expression is the exploration of the art of the pysanka. The name Pysanka (singular, Pysanky plural) comes from the word pysaty, to write, as the beautiful designs are written on the egg with melted beeswax. The wax is applied by hand with a kistka,a tool with a small funnel, which when heated allows the melted wax to flow out in a line. The wax blocks out lines and areas on the egg that will not be dyed. The pattern emerges as the egg is taken through a succession of dyes and additional wax applications, similar to batik. After the final dye bath the wax is melted off and the magical beauty of the colours and designs is revealed. Making pysanky is part of a family and cultural tradition. She will never admit the exact number of years she has been making pysanky as that would give away her age but she made her first one when she was four years old.

Myrosia admits that although both art forms express her love and enjoyment of life, her pysanky represent her more serious side while her paintings represent her lighter, playful side.

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  • myrosia

    Owner

    Being Ukrainian, I've grown up with making pysanky. My mother first taught me when I was four years old and from then on I was hooked! Though now I do own my own set of kistka's instead of always using my parents, lol ;)

  • Furry Feline Patrol

    Assistant

    We like to keep our human owner busy by playing fetch and asking for cuddles. Sometimes she even gives us treats! For some reason she doesn't let us play with her eggs.... especially not the shiny colorful ones. We keep trying though!

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Last updated on 19 Mar, 2021
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Custom and personalised orders

Custom or personalized orders are available. If you are interested in a custom order, please message me directly

Are these actually real egg shells?

All of my pysanky are created on real egg shells that have been emptied out. I normally use chicken or goose eggs. But in the past few years have been expanding my egg canvasses from tiny quail eggs, small pheasant eggs, to duck eggs, turkey eggs and all the way up to emu and giant ostrich eggs. Each type of shell has different thicknesses, colors, and texture but all are fun to play with!

How do you make them so shiny?

I always add a glossy finish to my pysanky. This helps protect the colors and designs and each coat of resin strengthens the shell a little. I use a two part epoxy resin with UV protection and generally do at least a minimum of three coats per egg.