One of those that she showed us was Ukrainian egg design. We blew duck eggs, drew designs with psanki tools and beeswax and used the real-deal egg design dye. We loved it so much we did it 2 different years if I remember correctly. Here is one of the only ones I made that is still preserved for today:
A few years ago I decided they were old enough to do a variation of the psanki egg design, and after the first time they were hooked... so much so that now with 9 children, we now do what I was never brave enough to do with 2 children... we let toddlers use the wax and tools, with help. But we still have stuck with the food dye. We've used various food colorings over the years, but the Wilton icing dye remains the favorite (we tried it a few years back and went back to it this year.)
Someday when I don't have toddlers (will that ever be true?) I hope we can get more intricate and use the real dye, but for now they get lots of practice and for the first time in a while I eek in something artsy.....
First we help the younger ones, and then Katrina and Evelyn and I each do a couple eggs ourselves. We are, of course, never satisfied, because it's hard to work on your skills much with only 2 eggs per year, but we try anyway, and we talk about new birth in Jesus resurrection, and the coming Easter celebration. I really like to do the egg dying after Good Friday so that we can absorb all the solemnity at our evening service and then color eggs and prepare for Easter on Saturday. It doesn't always work out that way, but this year it did.
The kids prefer to skip the egg dying almost completely (or just help grandma color some boiled eggs at her house) if we can't do this.
|Here is my Good Friday Cross... taken from our church during service (while I was checking on a sleeping little one)|
Here are the final products.. Writing on each egg in parenthesesGavin 2
Braden 9 (Jesus Lives)Bridget 11 (The Sword; King of the Jews)(I love you; He is Risen) (I AM)