Ukrainian egg decorating.

Our older daughter took a class on Ukrainian egg decorating today at Las Cosas Kitchen shop at the DeVargas mall in Santa Fe. The class was more than three hours long. The teacher, artist Charles Veilleux, showed her how to use beeswax to draw on the egg with a kistky tool.

He explained that "thinking in reverse" is crucial. "We work from light to dark with black being the last dye bath color. This is very much like batik used on fabric." The more divided the design, he said, the more interesting and detailed the egg. Once the wax was melted off, there was the egg (below), which our daughter based on a balloon she saw last year at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.