Today is National Egg Day! I bet you expected an egg recipe or two. Surprise! Being a Ukrainian Egg artist, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my passion with you. Today we are taking a look at the art of Ukrainian Eggs!
Creating beautiful Ukrainian eggs has been a favorite hobby of mine for several years now. These beautiful designed eggs are created with a unique technique of melting bees wax on the egg and then dipping in a series of dyes to create the different colors. Each egg takes 3 to 10 hours to create depending on the detail. And no two are ever alike!
This Queen of Hearts egg from my Etsy shop is created using a Rhea Egg. Rheas make the second largest egg, beat only by the Ostrich. This particular egg was created by laying the design down in bees wax (those areas of white), then etching it in a vinegar bath for several hours. This leaves the white areas raised. Additional colors were then added in layers.
This Pink and Black Goose Egg was done without the etching. If you would like to see a full tutorial on how these eggs are created, be sure to check out my Ukrainian Egg Tutorial on Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom. It includes suggestions for suppliers and hints that I learned along the way.
My Etsy shop contains many of my Ukrainian eggs. A traditional Pysanka or Ukrainian Egg uses symbols throughout the design that can mean anything from fertility to eternal knowledge, to wealth and prosperity. I do a twist on the traditional egg by incorporating my own designs and patterns.
They make thoughtful, one of a kind gifts and can be displayed year round.
Here is an Ostrich egg in process! I work with chicken, duck, goose, rhea and ostrich eggs. I’m fortunate to have a sister who loves birds and keeps quite a flock on her property. She supplies me with fresh chicken, duck and goose eggs. And now she has turkeys! Oh my!
Here is a video she took recently where her male Turkey, Vernon, takes on the family dog…
I think I’ll just stick with the egg dying and leave the bird raising to my sister. Ha!
Here are a few more beautiful things that can be done with eggs!
Carved Rhea Egg by Robin’s Nest
Hand Painted Egg from Sandra Walton Art
Polymer Covered Quail Egg from Polymer Clay Creations
Be sure to check out some of these amazing shops, and celebrate the beauty of the egg! Happy Egg Day!
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