Egg painting can be an art form
While some like their eggs fried, others like theirs scrambled, Barbara Mickler prefers her painted. Mickler said, "I learned this when I was a little girl. My grandmother, then my mom and dad did these." Barbara shared this art form as a teacher with her elementary school students. The tradition has many roots from several counties, like Poland. Mickler said, "Pisanki means writing on an egg, so what you're actually doing is your going to be writing or doing a design on the egg." The designs were based on the area in which you lived, so the variety is endless. Bees wax is carefully shaved and placed into a stylus that gets heated over a candle flame. Once the wax begins to flow, the art begins. Sometimes it can take all day long to do one egg depending on how intricate you want it or depending on how many colors you want. Original color sources were things in nature like grasses, flowers and bark but with the advent of commercial dyes, you have a rainbow to pick from. Mickler said, "I would take the egg, put it in yellow, take the egg out, add more design and the wax is not taken off until all the design is finished and you have as many color as you want." Barbara, then carefully heats the egg to remove the layers of bees wax with the design and colors intact. It looks difficult at first, but Mickler says, "once a person gets the feel of the flow of the wax with the stylist and they really get into it and it can be a very very relaxing and soothing experience."