Goose Easter Egg - Pink Polka Dots

This is a REAL goose egg, hollowed out and design applied traditional pysanky techniques using hot wax and analine dyes, followed by creating texture with alcohol inks.

Dimensions: 3.1"h, 2.2"w, 2.2"d

This egg was inspired by Easter and Easter eggs!! After adding the pink and white heading and spots, a blend of blue and green alcohol inks were applied to create the background colour.

I start with the dying process by heating wax and applying it through a hand-held tool called a kistka that funnels the heated wax to a point. I then use the wax flow to draw the design onto the egg thus preserving the colour that is being covered. The egg is then submerged into the next dye colour until the preferred saturation is attained. The egg is dried off, and the process is repeated. The colours are typically applied from lightest to darkest starting with the natural colour of the egg shell.

I then apply the alcohol inks by either dabbing, misting or painting the inks onto the shell to create different effects. The alcohol inks interact quite differently than the dyes; whereas the dyes cover uniformly, the alcoholic inks push each other away making interesting patterns.

I melt off the wax using a candle and then finish the egg with acrylic paints to accentuate or highlight areas on the egg as needed.

Once the egg design is complete I spray it with two different varnishes to protect the colours on the egg, give it a nice shiny finish, and provide an extra few layers of protection to the delicate egg shell.

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