My mind has been turning to my beloved pysanky more and more, recently. I think it’s the start of a new year. I have identified that I really would like to be spending more time doing the arts and crafts that I love, and so I’ve been pondering what changes I can make in my life to try to make that happen. We all know it’s not easy.
In any case, how about a glimpse of some work I finally got around to doing in the summer of 2014? I thought I’d share the finally-gotten-around-to project: Suki’s Wedding Pysanky.
You’ll recall that I made Wedding Pysanky for each of my two eldest siblings, when they got hitched. So it’s probably going to have to be a thing.
I love to do it though. Weddings are great (you know I love weddings) — the inspiration is all there. In Suki’s case, her beautiful invitation:
I did a draft egg. As with the others, this is a goose egg.
I just threw on some text in place of the happy couple’s names and their wedding date. Just needed to see what I was working with in terms of color, pattern, etc…
I liked it, but it definitely needed some tweaking. I returned to her wedding photos for some more input. As you can see from her pictures below, there was SO much color and brightness. Hard to capture all of that with layers of dye!
I definitely wanted to incorporate the wedding quilt and hints of all the lovely fabric that was present on that day:
The final product:
Only in the past few years have I discovered drafting pysanky. It seems so obvious, and of course I’ve always been a big believer in drafting and sketching for other art projects, but for some reason I had a mental block with my eggs. I’m much better off now. You can see that I refined the palatte a bit and tidied up my white layer and fine lines in the real version.
Because one traditionally works from light to dark in pysanky, I had to wax on all the white first, and then fill in the other colors as I went. So the hardest work came at the beginning. The two side by side:
Still searching for a good pink, though. Maybe for a 30th anniversary gift?