If there is one thing I just love about Mexican culture it is their arts and crafts, their sense of colour and the whimsical way they use it. It’s not something we see much in Australia, except on telly, and purchasing such items is neither easy nor budget-friendly.
I have a thing about the winged heart Milagros, and in honour of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I thought I might try my hand at making some of my own. Making them from tin was, for me, impractical, so there isn’t much authenticity to these, but what the heck, right?
So, I started with a little research from my good friend Google, looking at images and designs, then pulled out a pen and a stack of cardboard.
This was just plain fun! It was pretty much like doodling, and I ended up with ten designs. I’ll take you step by step through two of them.
The second step was to fill in the designs with colour, so I dug into the acrylic paint stash:
Choosing the colours for these was purely instinctive, but I guess I could have followed a traditional design exactly for more authenticity.
Next was to outline the designs in black. I chose to use paint and a fine brush, but you could use a texta to make it easier.
Then I cut out the shapes. Ooh, they were looking pretty cool by this stage!
Bling required! Bring on the sequins and rhinestones!!!!!
Once they were blinged up, I hung them on my wardrobe: