The art and craft of pysanky

Unexpected Extras

Here’s a simple truth.  Life doesn’t always go as planned…and the same thing applies in creating these eggs.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started with an idea in my head and then proceeded to do it differently on the egg.  Perhaps more often I forget to cover an area with wax and don’t discover it until after the egg comes out of the next darker dye when it’s too late to change anything.  That’s what happened on this cross in the photo to the right.

Sometimes I desire a specific color and the egg just won’t take the dye properly so the color scheme changes completely.  The egg to the left was supposed to have brilliant clear colors, but instead looks like an ancient, well-loved quilt which I liked even better.  In my family we call that experience an “unexpected extra.”

These photos show two eggs dipped in the same dyes for the same amount of time but ending with totally unique colors.  Certainly not what I had planned when I started.

I admit it irritates me at times, but that’s part of the beauty of this art.  It can be wonderfully unpredictable which means sometimes the results are more surprising and spectacular than if it had turned out the way I planned.  A kindergarten teacher my boys had would always say, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”  As I think about it, that applies to creating these eggs but it’s also a pretty good philosophy for life as well.

2 responses

  1. Thanks Randy, your affirming words mean a lot to me.

    July 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  2. Teresa,
    All I can say is WOW. This must have been a lot of work to put up online. Beautiful job and the photos are amazing.
    I’m glad to see you show casing this beautiful creative expression….

    July 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm

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