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10. What Your Baba Didn't Know - Shannon Wallis - Friday July 19th 9:30am to 11:30am

Did you learn to write traditional pysanky standing around your Baba's stove? This workshop will cover all the new-fangled things she never knew. 

Uncover the latest techniques in Pysanky egg decorating that even your Baba might not know! This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce you to a range of modern tools and methods that can make your Pysanky writing experience easier and more satisfying.

In this interactive session, you'll learn about:

  1. Using a Dremel and Aquarium Pump: Discover how these tools can simplify the process of blowing out an egg.
  2. Dividing an Egg with a Lathe: Learn how to use a lathe for precise division of your egg.
  3. Using Erasers and Coloured PencilsLet coloured pencils and erasers help your brain wrap itself around a complicated design without damaging the egg's surface.
  4. Measuring Techniques: Master the art of creating evenly spaced borders.
  5. Fixing Wax Mistakes: Pick up effective techniques for correcting any wax-related errors.
  6. Dyeing a Blown EggLearn ways to plug a blown egg and keep it submerged in the dye.
  7. The Freezer Method: Understand how freezing can be used in Pysanky writing.
  8. Washing Back Methods: Discover various techniques for "washing back" to achieve new dye combinations.
  9. Quickly Removing Wax: Get tips on how to use a microwave or heat gun to quickly remove wax.
  10. Varnishing Your Finished PysankaLearn an easy way to dip your finished Pysanka into varnish for a polished look.
  11. And More... 

Throughout the workshop, you'll take one egg from start to finish, trying out each technique as we discuss its benefits and uses.

What to Bring:

  • A whole chicken egg
  • Your two favorite kistky
  • Beeswax
  • An open mind ready to embrace new techniques

Cost: $30 per student

Class Size: To ensure personalized attention and guidance, we're limiting this workshop to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 students.

Join us in this exciting exploration of modern Pysanky techniques, and let your creativity unfold in beautiful, intricate patterns that reflect this ancient art form.

About Shannon Wallis:

Shannon is a former elementary school art and nursery school teacher and has been writing pysanky in Vermont since 1994 when she learned the technique from another art teacher. While Shannon has no Ukrainian or Eastern European ancestry, she has fallen in love with pysanky as an art form.

Shannon finds both the traditional and modern designs enticing, especially when they involve geometry. Shannon teaches pysanky in her home studio, on Zoom, at most of the North American pysanky retreats, including Pysanky Toronto in the past and is delighted to be teaching at Ukrainiain EggCessories Pysanky Retreat 2024 again this year. Shannon won the People's Choice Award in the Classic category in the first annual International Pysanka Exhibition at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch in June 2019.

She is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in mixed media, has her eggs in several galleries and sells her pysanky and batik eggs online and at various
craft shows and markets. Besides being an egg artist, Shannon is a wife and a mother of two young adults.

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