As a person who is intensely interested in the arts and crafts of Mexico, I have many many files that contain images I have collected on the internet. I collect amusing ex-voto stories, images of the Virgin of Guadalupe, samples of Huichol yarn and bead art, Oaxacan alebrijes, Loteria images, and images of heart milagros and tin ornaments – to name a few.
I am planning on using the story pictures that I have found to refer to in lesson plans I want to make integrating Latino Art with my ESOL curriculum. I also have been creating my own little Loterias for years. Currently, I have collected many images of tin and silver hearts – I have used them for inspiration and template to make my own Milagros.
Now, I am also working on sketching out whimsical drawings inspired by tin ornaments. At the moment, I have 11 drawings – all animals or birds. When I am finished with the animals, there are still many other items to draw – Day of the Dead ornaments, Christmas ornaments, angels, devils, mermaids, etc. I have a lot of ideas on how to use them – will share more about that later.
Today I got up late and made the pilgrimage to RuSan in Buckhead for sushi. After that, I went to Pearl Art and Craft Supply. I had not been there for a really long time, so I had to go up and down the aisles of the whole store to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I found these cheap blown glass mobiles for only $1.95 each. There were little glass fish, starfish, birdies, chicks and bunnies hanging from them. I bought them to cut apart and use in my Story Boxes. It was a pretty good score!
Now I am going to go and make Thai Catfish Nuggets on rice. Yay!