I love fall – the colors are my colors, the cooler weather finally comes, my birthday happens and the holidays truly begin with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The time for family and being together and celebrating really starts when the weather breaks. There is one more holiday in the fall that is lesser known in the United States – Dia de los Muertos. Day of the Dead. This holiday gets a bad rep because it sounds morbid and is typically celebrated with dancing skulls dressed like mariachi’s and hat dancing ladies. However, this holiday is really about celebrating and honoring those we love that have passed. It is a day to remember them and tell their stories to our children and friends. It is a day to celebrate the lives of our loved ones.
This fall, along with stitching pumpkin table runners out of luscious hand dyed wool and deciding what creepy or silly costumes we will wear for Trick or Treating, I have made an art journal page. I painted a sugar skull to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Sugar skulls are a favorite candy in Mexico for this holiday. They are everywhere. I thought it would be fun to paint one and spend that time remembering my family members that are gone. As I painted, I thought about their smiling faces, the way they laughed, jokes we shared and all the wonderful times we shared. It was an artful way to honor them and celebrate their lives. It was a great way to take some time to remember how lucky I was to have them in my life.
I was inspired by Effy on Wild Soul Arts. She made a free video showing her technique for making a sugar skull art journal page spread. If you would like to paint or stitch a sugar skull, there is a free template available online at http://silverravenwolf.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/magick-notes-dios-de-los-muertos-sugar-skull-template/
I used neocolors, acrylics, ink, rubber stamps and gesso to create this sweetie. Enjoy the day, honor your people and celebrate life!