If you’re reading this post expecting something about cookies or cakes, I’m sorry to disappoint you. Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs, which are intricately patterned, brightly colored eggs that are created by writing with beeswax on the egg and dyeing the egg in darker and darker shades of dye, and then melting off the wax to reveal lovely vibrant eggs, like the ones shown below.
When I was a child, my mom made pysanky and taught us kids how to make them too. I haven’t made pysanky in 30+ years, but I always wanted to attempt to make them again and introduce BB to this tradition. After my mom died, I found her pysanky materials (wax, dyes and kitska) and took them home with me. However, it wasn’t until this past weekend that I was finally ready to attempt it on my own. I thought it might interest you to see the process and the (rather amateurish) results. So here goes!
It was very rewarding to make pysanky again, and I had a rush of wonderful childhood memories doing this with my mom. The smells of the wax and the dyes were so familiar. Now that I’ve managed to make a few successfully, I plan on teaching BB how to do this so this family tradition will live on with his generation.
If you’re interested in learning more about psyanky, you can find out more at Wikipedia. If you’re inspired to create your own, I’d recommend the Ukrainian Gift Shop, which is where my mom and I got our supplies. They sell a basic starter kit, which comes with instructions, for a very reasonable price. Have any of you created pysanky? If so, how do I get the my kistka to write smoother!!?? : )