01 April 2013

Pysanky Anyone?

Hi everyone! Pysanky (or singular pysanka) are Ukrainian Easter eggs. I was hoping to get these done sooner, but I've been marking papers all weekend. But technically it is Easter Monday, so I guess I'm not too late. :D

Ukrainian Easter egg (Pysanky) nail art

Ukrainian Easter egg (Pysanky) nail art

I'm not Ukrainian, but I love the art of Ukrainian Easter egg decoration. The motifs come from a book that I checked out from the library, which has a lot of information about the art form and the symbolism of the motifs. What's interesting is that every single motif has a particular meaning, and a lot of the symbolism predates Christianity. So I hope I got the designs right and am not culturally offending anyone! I decided to stick to some of the simpler designs, but maybe next year I'll try the more elaborate ones. ;)

Ukrainian Easter egg (Pysanky) nail art

I don't have a lot to say about this design, and it's rather late here, so if you have any questions let me know. All polishes are from the OPI Euro Centrale collection, with the exception of the white, which is Sally Hansen White On. All of it was done freehand with the same detail brush.

Ukrainian Easter egg (Pysanky) nail art

What do you think of this design? Did you do anything special on your nails for Easter?

11 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! I especially like the pointer finger :)

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    1. Thanks Michelle! That is my favourite as well! :)

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  2. Just found your blog and I love the name! I love motif designs. Your nail art is amazing :)

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    1. Thanks Nails Beautiqued! Gosh, that's such a sweet complement!! Welcome, and I'm glad you found my blog. :)

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  3. Love You're Such a Budapest! Very pretty spring color.

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  4. Well, not only Ukraina, Poland too, and there are alot of different things you can do to make the designs, at home we dye the eggs first and then scrape the designs that we want with a blade, it takes alot of time but the results are so pretty. Here is an example http://www.czepek.pl/i/itb_13.jpg

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    1. Thanks for the share Alex, that's some gorgeous and intricate design there! It's good to hear that you're still involved in this tradition, I really admire it! And I remember reading that it was not just a Ukrainian specific tradition, but I guess most people (at least in North America) are more familiar with the term "Ukrainian Easter Egg". Sorry about that!

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