How to draw a star
Stars are among the most common motifs found on pysanky. They are the ancient symbols of Dazhboh, the god of
the sun, and of the life-giving properties of the sun. Pysanky with such sun motifs were said to have been especially
powerful, because they could protect their owner from sickness, bad luck and the evil eye. In Christian times the sun
symbol has come to represent life, warmth, and the love and eternal existence of God.
They are not easy to draw free-hand – the points often end up being of different lengths and sizes. How to make a
symmetric star? Geometry. You must divide your space into even sections and, using lines and circles, connect the
dots. You need to learn to look at a shape, see its constituent shapes, and learn how to build complex shapes from
But that comes with experience. There are several ways to make a simple eight-pointed star. The simplest is one that
is found in a band or a diamond.
You start with a square, and divide it with pencil lines into three sections:
Now divide into nine sections by adding two more lines:
Add a guide lines dividing the square into halves:
Now draw in the points as shown:
You have the basic architecture of a star. It is now time to write in the star with wax. If you do so, you will get this star:
(To create stars in diamonds, just tip everything 45°!
Stars based on squares or diamonds, such as the ones above, are relatively easy to make, and are probably the most
common ones found on pysanky. Once you have mastered the basic pattern, you can draw them in quickly with wax,
using only minimal (or no) guide lines.
Stars based on a circle, like this one, are a bit more difficult, but not by much.
To create such a star, follow these directions: First, you must divide your egg into sections. Use a pencil to draw
these guide lines. DO NOT WAX until you have drawn all of the guide lines!
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