The practice of making Pysanky eggs goes back to the 10th century. During the last weeks of Lent, eggs were gathered and lovingly decorated to be given as Easter gifts or used to decorate the home. The process of creating a Pysanky egg involves focused concentration and a deliberate, intentional approach to each step of the process. As Christians, this process was seen as a way to quiet their minds and focus on God's presence in their lives. It was a way to connect with God on a deeper level and to pray over those who would receive the eggs.
As I shared in my last post, I had the privilege of learning the art of Pysanky from a sweet young man from Ukraine. He had been trained as a boy and shared his expertise with a group from our church. It was so exciting to finally learn how to make Pysanky eggs! Every step requires your full attention. It's one of those things that you get lost in and forget the world around you.
I have really enjoyed sitting down in a quiet place when homeschooling is over for the day and working on an egg. It really is a beautiful way to meditate and be in the presence of God. The act of creating something beautiful with our hands is an incredible form of worship and an expression of our gratitude for the gifts that God has given us.
Whether you are an experienced artist or a beginner, a child or an adult, you will absolutely love the process of making these eggs!
Pysanky Egg Kit (Good news, they are on sale right now!)
-it comes with everything you need, a brass kistka, five batik dyes, a small candle, a cake of beeswax, cleaning wire, and instructions.
Room-temperature white eggs