Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Online Class Basic Design 1 Preperation
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DESIGN #1 - PREPERATION

PYSANKY CLASS -- DESIGN 1  PREP

 
RUB a DUB DUB! ( Hands courtesy of Mike Washinsky)

STEP 1

WASH YOUR HANDS


Sounds simple enough, but very important.  You may think your hands are clean, but chances are they are not. Dirt and especially  natural skin oils will prevent the dyes from penetrating the shell.  Wash, rinse and thoroughly dry your hands. Do it twice if you had recently applied hand lotion. I had a lady in my class who just couldn't get her egg to take the dye. I knew the dyes and eggs were ok, because every one else was fine. So I looked at her hands and  they were covered in hand creme. 

Another one for the Catenator!

STEP 2

KNOW WHERE YOUR PETS ARE

Put the cat out. Chain the dog. More Pysanky are lost every year to curious cats, hungry puppies and small children with Nerf guns.

 

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STEP 3

CHOOSE AN EGG

Now get an egg. It needs to be in good condition, void of chicken droppings and at room temperature. If you forgot to take them out earlier, take them out now and wait a few hours for them to  warm up. Don't put them in the oven and for heaven's sake don't boil them. For this exercise, we are assuming that you are using whole eggs. If you want to use a blown egg, you can, but there are some tricks to be done when you put them in the dyes and we won't be discussing them here.  If you have not  yet read our tips on choosing eggs, PLEASE CLICK HERE and read them now.
CLICK HERE to learn how to divide your Egg  into 8 Divisions
FIGURE 1
LOOK AT THE WHITE LINES
FIGURE 2

STEP 4

THE BASIC EGG DIVIDE

After you have chosen your perfect egg, our next step is to draw some basic guidelines on the egg. Its not cheating, but just common sense. Even the most experienced carpenters use a pencil  and a square to mark where they cut the wood. We want to divide our egg into 8 sections (Figure 1).  As you can see in the final egg (Figure 2) , these are the white lines. Also notice that the other symbols on the egg, such as the evergreens and curls are centered at the intersection points, so these lines are more than part of the design. Take your time and do it right. If it takes a few eggs to practice on, its worth the effort. 
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