Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ukrainian Egg Decorating in Belmar

If you've ever had an interest in learning the traditional Ukrainian art of egg decorating, but would prefer not to travel all the way to the Ukraine to do so, you are now in luck.  Today, for the first time, the Boatworks was host to a class in Ukrainian egg decoration.  Local artist and educator Jenny Santa Maria held a class this afternoon, providing eggs, dyes, wax, tools, and instruction on the technique of creating pysanky.  A dozen participants were there for this first session.

Everyone started with a fresh egg.  Above, the students used a special tool to draw thin lines and shapes of melted beeswax on the egg surfaces.  Once the first layer of design was complete, the egg was dunked in one of the many choices of colored dyes, then dried.  Another layer of wax drawing, then another bath in a new dye color.

Once the artist has finished creating the multicolor design, the last step is to remove the accumulated wax.  Below, we see the wax being melted with a candle flame, and carefully removed a little at a time.  With the layers of wax gone, all the color lines and shapes are revealed.  

Today's class proved so popular, that a second session has already been added.  The instructor will be back on Saturday, April 19th, teaching the same process from 10:00 to 12:30.  Suitable for ages 12 to adult, and no previous experience is required.  The fee, which includes all the materials and use of tools, is only $20 for BelmarArts members, and $25 for non-members.  Learn more and sign up in person at the Boatworks, or through the main website.  This first session sold out, so if you are interested, don't wait too long.

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