Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dasara 2015

Dasara is here! This time dolls, elephants and all the Dasara paraphernalia are arriving at Amma's home.
Here is a view of the final arrangement. Simple 3 steps, all traditional dolls mostly.

Project No.1:
Elephants Torana.
Right now I'm into 3d outliner also called puffy paint. Its like drawing with mehendi, this paint can go on pretty much any surface and will have a 3d feel to it when dry.
So I decided to try decorating elephants with this paint.

Its fun to draw with.

I used foam to cut out elephant shapes and then decorated those elephants with this puffy paint.

At this point I was still undecided if I wanted to make a rangoli out of these elephants or a torana.

More puffy paint trial.

The dimension is clearly seen on this following picture.

Instead of making them into a rangoli, I decided to string all elephants together and tie them up as a torana on one of the steps..

Project number 2:
This had to be peg dolls! Still such a pleasure to make. After making many pairs of dolls around the same time last year, I thought I finally had gotten peg doll making out of my system. No! that's not happening any time soon I guess. The bug bit me again this year. So here is another Radha Krishna for Amma!

Project No. 3:
Spruce up an old earthen horse.
We had an earthen horse brown colored, needed some life. So I just touched it up with white and gold paint to give it a classic look.


So here is the final look at the dolls.

Bottom most step has Astha Lakshmis and a wedding ceremony

Middle step is Dashavatara and horses and elephants.

Top most step (- still incomplete in this picture) Has the traditional Sandal wood dolls - sort of like our chief guest for the festival. They are flanked by Rama Sita Lakshmana and Hanumantha on one side and Lakshmi and Saraswarthi on the other side.
In front of Lakshmi and Saraswathi is a Satya Narayana Pooja going on!