Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pysanky

Pysanky are Easter eggs decorated using the wax resist method. They are a popular tradition in Ukraine.

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The tools for making Pysanky are beeswax and a kistka. The kistka on the left is traditional; next to it is an electric one.

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The black egg blower requires two holes. The yellow pump only needs one hole. The green tool punches a small hole in one end of the egg. I have the yellow pump and it's very easy to blow out the inside of an egg with it.

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Wax is applied to the egg. The egg is then put in dye. When dry, more wax is applied and the egg is dyed again. This continues until the design is completed. The egg is then heated to melt the wax off, revealing the design.
 
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And the original, designed by Paul Maxum Sembaliuk , a Canadian artist of Ukrainian descent. 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Eggs

Eggs are a very important part of Easter. Hand-painted wooden eggs are one of the many ways to created decorative eggs.

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More wooden eggs, decorated in a different way.

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Decorating real eggs is always fun. These really make me laugh.

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Who wouldn't love a pirate egg?

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Painted eggs filled with Gianduja hazelnut chocolate.

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Naturally dyed eggs, here using onion skins, yield lovely results.

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These eggs, after being dyed with red onion peel, are scratched to show intricate designs.

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I've always loved Sugar Eggs that have a scene inside. What a sweet way to celebrate Easter.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Sweet Easter

With Easter just around the corner, you might be thinking of what sweet should take center stage. A Bunny Cake might be just the thing.

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Especially one with an adorable tail.

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This Bunny frightens me. I think Mr. Lego is a bit scared of him, too.

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Poor Mr. Bunny wonders how he ended up on the dessert menu.

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This Bunny looks ready to hop right off the cake!

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If that last Bunny was a bit too much for you, how about an Easter Egg cake?

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Or maybe a sweet Lamb Cake?

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If you like your sweets simpler, perhaps a Chick and Egg Cookie would be perfect, though this one might be too cute to eat.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Second-Grade Artists

I went on a photo-tour of our second-grade buddies' room. They have some wonderful art up. These pictures illustrate their rules.


 
 

What an awesome artist!


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Anansi Illustration. Can you guess why I took this picture?