Painting in the technique of "pysanka"

Self-made bright and beautiful traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs are a wonderful gift for Easter. In addition, with their help, you can decorate the house on the eve of the holiday: for this, you can put ready-made Easter eggs in baskets or hang them on willow branches.
In order to make a pysanka with your own hands, the following things are necessary: ​​a candle, wax (you can take either special black or bee), a pencil, a lighter, brushes (pens), aniline or specialized paints, as well as the eggs themselves, previously blown and dried .

So, we take one egg and use the pencil to draw the main lines on it, along which we will then be guided when applying the pattern. The number and location of these lines depends on the picture, but for this pysanka we only need to divide the front and back of the egg into four parts.

Then we take a brush and slowly heat it over the candle fire, after which we put a small piece of wax into it and, first of all, seal the hole through which the egg was blown - if this is not done, then paint will get inside; then we begin to apply the pattern.

The pattern should be applied carefully, periodically heating the brush over the fire so that the wax flows out to the surface evenly.
After the pattern is applied on both sides of the egg, you can start painting.

First, drop the egg into the yellow dye (I use special paints for Easter eggs, but aniline dyes for wool can become an alternative).

Now we apply the following fragments of the pattern to the surface of the egg and color it first with orange and then with red. It should be remembered that when painting an egg, it is necessary to go from lighter shades to dark, therefore, the color scheme of the Easter egg should be thought out in advance.

We make the final touches with wax: we finish the dots-petals of flowers and fill the elements of the “wings” with wax, after which we paint the Easter egg in the final black color.

Using the sharp tip of the brush, we print the egg so that it does not explode when heated, and then we bring it to the flame of the candle and melt the applied wax, washing it with a cloth. At this stage, special care must be taken not to spoil the finished work: firstly, you must not heat the egg too much so that it does not explode; secondly, you can’t put an egg in the upper part of the flame so that the pattern does not become smoky.

Everything, a beautiful and original Easter egg is ready!

If you wish, you can weave a small basket for pysanka or hang it on a thin cord on the palm branches.