Friday, April 8, 2011

Ukrainan Easter Eggs - Part 3

Hi Everyone, hope you are all doing well on this beautiful Friday!! Today is our final interview ~ Pt. 3 with Gail. I hope you have all enjoyed this topic of interest as much as I have. It has been fun communicating with you Gail and fun getting to know you via Etsy, Facebook and Blogger. And now, here are a few more of God's natural canvases and works of art on Duck eggs and Ostrich eggs by Gail. The above egg is an Ostrich egg and the egg below is a duck egg, entitled the Windmill.
Windmill above and the 3rd and final egg in this interview is called St. Anthony's Cross.
Now on to the last of our interview with Gail.
19. Your favorite thing to do?

Other than pysanky…create graphic art. Look for my other website, which will be up and running any day now.

{Note to the reader: the above address will take you to Gail's Etsy store, as the other address given took me "no place" I got a "uh-oh".}

20. Make a comment here of what ever you would like to say.

I would love to tell how about how pysanky are created…but don’t know if that is something you want…well…here goes anyway.PYSANKARSTVO is the art of decorating Ukrainian eggs. A master pysanky artist is called a Pysankar.“Pysanka” or egg writing dates back over 2,000 years and symbols can be found on ceramic eggs which have been found in the Ukraine dating to that time. The Ukrainian people decorated eggs to celebrate the coming of spring. The word “pysanka” means “to write” in Ukrainian and is derived from the verb “pysaty.” It is a deeply symbolic art and each design that is “written” on the egg has meaning.A sun, for instance, is the sign of life, fortune and growth. Even the colors are symbolic. Red is the symbol of passion and happiness in life.Although each egg has symbolic meaning, it also has a deep significance to the artist who creates the egg.Pysanka are made using hot beeswax which is applied with a kistka (writing tool similar to a stylus or fountain pen). The beeswax is “written” in lines which create a pattern. A succession of aniline dyes cover the lines; each new set of lines “seals” in the dye underneath and protects it from the next dye color. As more lines are written and more dyes are added to the egg, a complex pattern is built. When the writing is complete, wax is removed and the pattern revealed.The egg is then varnished or sealed with a resin which will protect it for many generations to come.

21. Name 3 favorite websites you couldn't live without.

Etsy! Facebook!, my source for supplies! Jim is the best!

Hope you enjoyed the interview with Gail and I hope you will visit her Etsy store at:

There you have it. I hope you all found this interview very informative and interesting as much as I did. So, if you are looking for a beautiful work of art, see Gail at her Etsy store at the above address.
Cheers ~ Louise


Diane ~ said...

I loved learning about the significance of the designs & colors. It really is a wonderful art form isn't it?!
thanks so much for bringing Gail & her Ukranian eggs to us!

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

You are welcome Diane, maybe next interview on my blog will be YOU!!!


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