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Easter Fun for Kids of All Ages: "Faux Pysanky" and Norwegian Easter Cookies
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 04/18/2011 - 17:37
Making more "faux Pysanky" was not on my calendar! But I had so much fun making the marker Pysanky when I was playing with different ways to decorate brown eggs for Easter, that I just HAD to blow out more eggs to make more.
I have shared a few tips below - but first....
Norwegian Easter Cookies!
Baking cookies wasn't exactly on my calendar either, but while reading the current issue of "Sons of Norway" magazine, I noticed a cookie recipe that reminded me of a Norwegian cookie recipe I had been saving to try for three years!
The cookies are delicious! Kids will have fun helping to roll the cookie dough in balls, making little nests with their thumbs and filling with sparkling sugar crystals.
And the recipe makes about 10 dozen so you will have cookies to celebrate May Day too!
But bake these cookies about three weeks ahead! They just seem to need the storage time to develop their full flavor.
Now, back to eggs!
Before I share tips for making "faux" Pysanky, I wanted to introduce you to brilliant egg artist - Katy David. I just popped over to her site so I could share a couple links with you and I see that she has just posted a beautiful series of images showing how she creates her amazing Pysanky eggs. Don''t even hesitate! Go see!
And while you are visiting Katyegg Design, be sure to scroll through past posts because you will not want to miss seeing the gorgeous traditional eggs she shares on her blog like this one or this one or this one!
Because there is NO special equipment needed and the process is NOT messy, "faux Pysanky" are perfect for kids! Bake up a batch of Norwegian Easter Cookies for them to munch while working and they should be happily entertained for a whole afternoon!
All you need to have on hand are blown out eggs, pencil and Sharpies (or the washable markers for the wee little ones).
I use brown eggs for two reasons - I am playing with only brown eggs this year, and brown eggs give your Pysanky an instant background color. If you are lucky enough to be able to get your hands on some blue eggs, all the better!
Of course you or your kids can draw anything you want on your eggs, but to create more traditional looking designs, you will need to make a series of straight, intersecting lines on your egg. Using rubber bands stretched around my eggs and tweaked until the band is as straight as possible makes a great guideline.
Refer to Gail's Pysanky tutorial on That Artist Woman for the basic divisions you will need.
Gail just draws her lines on her eggs. How do these egg artists draw straight lines? No matter how hard I try - never a straight line!
Once the divisions are in place, draw your designs in pencil. Daisies and hearts were my favorites.
The cool thing about playing with "faux Pysanky" is that you can erase your mistakes. (Mistakes must not be erased when using the traditional dye method as it interferes with the color application).
If you want inspiration, google Polish Easter Eggs or Ukrainian Easter Eggs and you will find links to amazing collections of google images. But fair warning, you will most likely be there for hours!
Once your drawing is completed, start playing with the markers!
(You can see what I mean about my straight lines, can't you,)
I found that the more saturated colors like blue, turquoise, red, orange, purple and green seemed to work best. Pale colors like yellow, pink, lime or aqua don't show up well on brown eggs.
Draw the major design elements in pencil and apply color. The tiny parts of the design can be added directly with the marker.
I would suggest spraying lightly with an acrylic spray once the inks are dry, especially if you are using washable markers.
And if you are not into blowing out eggs and would prefer decorating boiled eggs, check out this how-to for making edible pysanky!
You might also like trying out this tutorial for creating intensly colored marbled eggs (using brown eggs!).
And this one which shows how to experiment with onion skins and colors to create one of a kind egg surprises!
Or onion skins and Koolaid to create a nest full of Dinosaur Eggs!