Would you like to design an unforgettable Easter for your family? The beautiful and artistically colored Easter eggs are undoubtedly an inseparable part of it. There are different techniques that can be applied when coloring eggs, but with the help of wax can really magical motives arise – these are the so-called Sorbian Easter eggs. In this article you will find information about 3 original painting techniques for Sorbian Easter eggs, which you can try for yourself. Let yourself be inspired!

Dye Sorbian Easter eggs yourself

Once you’ve sang Sorbian Easter eggs, you know that they can look like real works of art. Their name actually comes from the name “Sorbs” – those were the members of a Slavic minority, who lived until the 7th century AD in present-day East Germany and western Poland. The Sorbs were the first to use wax to decorate their Easter eggs, and this custom has been preserved for centuries. There are different techniques that can be used when coloring this kind of Easter eggs. We chose 3 of them to introduce you.

The wax reserve technique

Let’s start with the lightest version you can use to get beautiful, artfully colored Easter eggs. You will need the following materials for this: geese or chicken feathers, pin, pencil, bee and white candle wax, an old spoon, yogurt cups with sand, tealight, Easter egg cold paints and of course a few blown white eggs. First you should cut the feathers in different shapes and put the pin in a pencil. The next step is to mix white candle wax and beeswax in equal parts, to bend the old spoon in a suitable way, to put the wax in it and finally to fix the spoon in the yoghurt cup. Then heat the wax with a tealight and make sure it does not boil. With the needle or with a feather, you begin to apply the liquid wax to the egg until an ornament is created. After you are done with the “painting”, dye the egg and let it dry well in the air. Now you have two options – either to remove the wax in the oven, or to apply a new layer of wax and to color the egg again. The more the layers are, the more original the egg will look in the end. Finally, polish the finished Easter egg with a soft cloth so that it shines slightly. The method described above is called wax reserve technique or even wax batik.

The scratching technique

Another technique that you can try is the so-called scratch technique. This method is perhaps the oldest and the colored Sorbian Easter eggs are among the most beautiful. It is interesting that you do not need wax to decorate the eggs. Raw or hard-boiled eggs are taken, which are dyed only in a strong color. The color layer should be thick enough, because you have to scrape it off again. Then on the egg with a sharp tool – for example, knives, the ornaments carved by the color is carefully removed. However, this technique is extremely difficult and time consuming – sometimes it takes more than a day to finish an egg.

The Bossiertechnik

Much faster it goes with the so-called Bossiertechnik. This is considered the youngest method for decorating Sorbian Easter eggs. It also uses liquid wax, but it remains on the egg – in comparison to the Wachsreevetechnik. Blown or hard-boiled white eggs are taken. You also need colored wax pencils, which are liquefied separately. Then the ornament is applied to the egg – they should follow the same rules as in the wax reserve technique. The mistakes can be easily corrected by carefully scraping off the wax with a sharp knife and applying the ornament again. Instead of dyeing the egg, you use different colors wax for its design. Try this simple technique yourself – the result is immediately visible!

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