Tuesday, March 25, 2014




INDIAN SEED BEADS GLUED ON HOLLOW EGGS

I prepared two eggs by blowing out the insides and cleaning them with water.  Then I drew lines on the shells where I wanted to glue beads.  Seed beads are very tiny to work with and can be picked up with toothpicks and placed carefully into the tacky glue, setting aside to dry.  I did a little at a time, as this is very tedious work.  The egg on the left had the background filled in with gold glitter.  

MY PISANKI IN A POLISH REED BASKET

1 comment:

Anonymous said...
Gorgeous work!

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1 comment:

Passionate in the Finger Lakes said...
You continue to be an inspiration to me and I am so proud to be a part of your family. "Creation begins as a figment in my imagination and can develop into everlasting beauty." I just made that up as I was thinking of you.

PISANKI BY FELICIA





Saturday, March 22, 2014

PISANKA EGG DECORATING BY FELICIA

The scratched eggs are called "Skrobanki" and are made by dyeing the eggs first and scratching a design to reveal the white egg shell.  I dye the egg first and then very lightly draw pencil lines where I want to scratch off the dye.  Then I use an sharpened nail or Exacto Knife to scratch the shell very
carefully, since the egg is so fragile.  I don't want to put a hole in the shell.  Sometimes when the white lines don't look clear enough on a regular pisanka, I scratch the white lines and then varnish over the egg to seal it.



The second group of pisanki are Batik art and represent butterfly designs on the egg shells and done with beeswax and dye.  With this method, I draw on the white or brown egg shell, which has been blown out to make it hollow.  I draw lines lightly with pencil, (don't erase mistakes...just don't wax over them).  I apply the melted beeswax by heating the pisak in acandle flame, scooping up some wax and drawing on the egg shell.  Each dye bath is done after the wax, light colors to dark, until the whole egg is dyed and waxed.  Then the wax is removed by touching close to the candle flame and wiping the melted wax with tissue.  Varnishing is the final step, to make the eggs shiny.

For anyone out there who is a Pysanky Artist, I have just discovered a new group of people who work with eggs and make the most impressive pysanky you will ever see.  The group is:
PysankyUSA.com     You can see the eggs made by the artists and even purchase supplies.  Check out their site.

PISANKA EGG DECORATING




Pisanki are made with melted beeswax that is applied to an egg shell (which has been blown out with a special egg blower).  Thefirst lines on the egg will be the color of the shell, which is then placed in the yellow dye and dried carefully.  The next lines and shapes will be yellow, if you cover the yellow design with melted wax.  Putting the egg shell in orange gives you a new color to work with in wax.  Green may be added before the orange dye.  The final color will be brown, blue, dark green, purple, or black.  Finishing the process includes cleaning off the burned wax by carefully melting it in a candle flame and wiping with a tissue.  A high gloss polyurethane makes the design permanent.  These pisanki are very fragile and must be handled with care.





PISANKI AND WOODBURNED CROSSES




I decided to decorate wooden crosses with similar designs as pisanki eggs.  I drew on the bare wood with pencil first and then proceeded to burn the lines into the crosses using a woodburning tool.  It has different types of points that become heated to a very high temperature and actually burn the lines in the wood.  I colored one of the cross designs with permanent marker and then varnished the crosses to make them permanent.

PISANKI BY FELICIA


PISANKI BY FELICIA





"Felicia demonstrating Pisanki"

I enjoy sharing my folk art at festivals where I demonstrate the method of doing pysanky using a candle, beeswax, and dye.  I meet a lot of people who remember their "Babci" doing them with a straight pin and melted wax.  I taught myself how to do egg decorating with beeswax when my husband Jake bought me some How-to books.  I remember my cousin Victoria's Godmother making them and was so fascinated.  Little did I know that someday I would be making pysanky for 36 years!  (And teaching other people how to make them, also!)

PYSANKY ON A POLISH CRYSTAL PLATE



Friday, January 17, 2014

Abandoned Sled watercolor



      This painting was entered in a show at Glenora Music and Art Festival, where I won First Prize in Watercolor!.  Then I was in the Hammondsport, NY Art Show, by Keuka Lake, and actually won BEST IN SHOW for this painting!  I was so amazed and happy to receive such recognition!
     I was inspired to paint this when I remembered sledding down the hill in the winter with my brother and sister. We had an old-fashioned sled like this one which could be steered with the bar across the front. It was fun sliding down the hill and then climbing up to slide down again. We didn't have those plastic things that kids use these days when they go for fun in the snow. I think this kind of sled was wonderful!  I hope you feel nostalgic when you look at it.

Christmas Ornament Pysanky Eggs

       These are  Pisanki Christmas ornaments that I created for a show.  They are made from real eggs that were blown out to make them hollow.  Then I applied melted beeswax in lines and designs which were then dipped in dyes of different colors.  I then covered them with high gloss polyurethane to make them shiny.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Teabag Folding Christmas Ornaments

TEA BAG FOLDING




Thursday, December 19, 2013

Icon..."THEOTOKOS AND CHILD"

POLISH PAPER CUT..."SNOWFLAKE WITH ROOSTERS, STAR, AND PINK SNOWBALLS"

Monday, December 9, 2013

  "Polish Nativity Scene" Wycinanka



WYCINANKA: "CHRISTMAS TREES"



Icon...."THE NATIVITY"



POLISH PAPER CUT..."CIRCLE OF ANGELS"

I cut white paper into a circle.  I then folded it in half, fourths, eighths, and sixteenths.  The paper was quite thick at this point.  (This is similar to folding snowflakes.)  I drew with pencil on the triangular section and made half of an angel.  Then I stapled it together, to keep it from sliding around.  I cut out all the negative spaces in and around the angel.  Carefully opening up the folded circle, I saw all my angels along with little birds and Christmas tree shapes, along with the Star of Bethlehem in the middle.  I hadn't planned it that way but was surprised to see the details after it was unfolded.  I glued it onto red shiny paper.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

OIL PAINTING: SNOW ON THE FARM (COPIED FROM CURRIER AND IVES)



I have always loved receiving Christmas cards with a scene of a reproduction of Currier and Ives paintings. I decided to do a little painting of a card that I had in my collection. It was quite nostalgic for me and brought back wonderful memories from my childhood.

ACRYLIC PAINTING: "SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS"




When we visited Slovakia in September, 2008, we saw snow in the Tatra Mountains. One time it even snowed in the Tatras on the Fourth of July. The altitude is very high so the weather is very changeable. Poland has a lake called "Morske Oko" which is very beautiful. We had to climb and climb up the hill to get to the lake. They don't allow tourists to drive up into the mountains. There are many beautiful lakes and mountains in this wonderful world of ours. We must keep it clean and pristine.

ACRYLIC PAINTING: Meandering Stream in the Winter Woods



This painting looks so much like the Finger Lakes Region where I grew up. It shows the snow on the ground and a creek that hasn't frozen over completely. It feels very cold but peaceful. I love the shadows that are emphasized in the white snow.

Monday, October 14, 2013

ACRYLIC PAINTING: "Autumn in the Finger Lakes Region"