BeautifulEggsByDiane

Ukrainian Pysanky, Decorative Eggs, Egg art

Cedarburg, Wisconsin · 37 Sales

BeautifulEggsByDiane

Ukrainian Pysanky, Decorative Eggs, Egg art

Cedarburg, Wisconsin 37 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Announcement   Welcome to my shop -- a little piece of my world -- where you will find beautifully decorated Pysanky, also known as Ukrainian eggs or Ukrainian Easter eggs. These are real chicken, duck, goose, emu, rhea and ostrich egg shells, decorated in the wax resist method of layering different colored dyes and melted beeswax to build a design. At the end of the process, all of the wax is melted off, using a candle flame, to reveal the beautiful design beneath.
As you search for thoughtful gift ideas or additions to your own unique home decor, consider one of my decorative eggs. Indulge yourself or a special someone with an out-of-the ordinary, quality, handmade piece of egg art.

Each one a piece of art, on the shell of an egg. Enjoy!

Beautiful eggs, by Diane

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Last updated on Apr 2, 2018

Welcome to my shop -- a little piece of my world -- where you will find beautifully decorated Pysanky, also known as Ukrainian eggs or Ukrainian Easter eggs. These are real chicken, duck, goose, emu, rhea and ostrich egg shells, decorated in the wax resist method of layering different colored dyes and melted beeswax to build a design. At the end of the process, all of the wax is melted off, using a candle flame, to reveal the beautiful design beneath.
As you search for thoughtful gift ideas or additions to your own unique home decor, consider one of my decorative eggs. Indulge yourself or a special someone with an out-of-the ordinary, quality, handmade piece of egg art.

Each one a piece of art, on the shell of an egg. Enjoy!

Beautiful eggs, by Diane

Diane Kitzerow

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The finished pysanka, before covering with the gloss acrylic final layer.
Now, I'm using a candle flame to melt off all that beeswax, wiping with a cloth as I go, for the reveal!
This is what the pysanka looks like with all of the wax covering the design beneath it. The egg has also been dipped in the final, background color, which is black.
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My Pysanky Story

In the spring of 2001, I was looking for an Easter craft that I would not have to discard after Easter and make over again the following year. Browsing the Internet, I stumbled upon these beautiful eggs called pysanky, also known as Ukrainian Easter eggs. I was instantly intrigued and interested. I searched all the websites I could find that taught the unique art. Then I ordered a book and a starter kit and just started doing. My first eggs were extremely primitive until I “met” other people online who also wrote eggs. We all learned from one another and enjoyed our online community. It continues to this day.

I have spent many happy hours writing eggs. It is a solitary and relaxing, meditative time for me. I've taught and "egged" with my children and my grandchildren. To some people, the smell of home is something baking in the oven; to my family, it's melting beeswax.

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  • Diane Kitzerow

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    I'm a self-taught (with much assistance from others) pysanky artist from Cedarburg, Wisconsin who has become completely enamored of this beloved Ukrainian folk art form. Please enjoy my offering of decorative Ukrainian eggs, also known as pysanky.

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Last updated on May 15, 2017
Frequently asked questions
What does “pysanky” mean?

Pysanky is the plural of the word “pysanka.” It means “to write.” One egg is called a pysanka; two or more are pysanky. We “write” the eggs.

What is the method?

The wax relief (batik) method, using an empty eggshell, a writing instrument called a kistka, a candle flame, beeswax, aniline dye and an idea.

Are the eggs full? Are they hard boiled?

No, I empty the eggs before I work on them. Lots of scrambled eggs and omelets in our house!

How fragile are they?

Well, we’re talking about an empty eggshell. Dropped on a carpeted floor, it may not break if it doesn’t hit anything on the way down. Dropped on a counter top or hard floor, the egg will break. However, displayed in a basket or on a display stand on a shelf, your egg will be very safe and happy!

Is there a protective finish on the egg?

Yes. Unless otherwise noted, the finished egg has been dipped in a sign-painter’s gloss acrylic to protect the egg from dirt and dust and to prevent the dye from running. It will not, however, prevent the dye from fading. For this reason, never display your pysanka in direct sunlight.

How long does it take to write an egg?

The minimum amount of time to complete a simple egg, for me, start to finish, is about four hours. Most run between six and ten. The extremely detailed emu, rhea and ostrich eggs take a minimum of 24 hours.

Are these my original designs?

Many of my eggs are traditional Ukrainian folk designs. Some are traditional designs but nontraditional colors. Others are traditional design elements that I have combined into something pleasing. If you’d like to know about the origin of a design on a particular egg, feel free to contact me.

What if I'd like to order a pysanka as a gift? Will you mail it directly to the recipient?

My pysanky are all packaged in an attractive gift box and then packed in a sturdy shipping box. Your intended recipient will be delighted.

If my pysanka arrives broken, can I get a refund?

Please contact me immediately if your pysanka arrives broken. While I will pack your egg expertly for the trip and do not expect a pysanka to ever break in transit, I also do not want your hard-earned money to be wasted.