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What does our Pysanky Egg Decorating Workshop look like on the day? Glad you asked!
First we set up our supplies - including our egg dying station. So many colours to choose from! Each one tells a different story and has a different significance. Did you know that blue represents good health and red means love?
Designs are first drawn on with a pencil. Like the colours, symbols can have special meanings. Flowers, for instance, mean wisdom.
Next we use a kistka, a wax tool, to cover the parts we want to keep white with beeswax (no one will tell you it’s none of your beeswax, we promise!) There are many types of kistky, allowing you to play with shapes and lines. At this workshop we use traditional wooden kistky.
After each layer of dye, you add wax, preserving that colour through the addition of the next colour. Don't worry if this sounds like a lot - instructor Natalie Waddell will be there to help, every step of the way.
In the end, the wax is melted away to reveal your design, in full colour. The final result is a truly one of a kind celebration of all things spring.
It’s been said that creating a pysanka can be considered a kind of meditation. As you create it, you focus on positivity and renewal, stepping into the new season with each line you draw.
We hope you’ll join us for this workshop exploring the traditional art of creating pysanky.