Ok, so I am often inspired by other crafters, and this site is definitely worth mentioning. Skull-A-Day is the idea that you take a theme – in this case, a skull – and create one everyday, using every technique and medium you can. Since I couldn’t find an “about” page, I got no info to share on who, or why, this is happening. BUT, I do like the concept. And in particular, this yarn painting has captured my interest.
This technique actually came from Huichol Indians of western Mexico. Since we vacation in Mexico ever couple of years, I’ve seen them at the markets. I’ve read that these really are manufactured for tourists now, but back in the day these yarn paintings, or nierikas, were used a visual story telling and offerings to their gods. Check out the link above for some beautiful examples.
Which leads me to my Craft Test Dummy moment. This is a cool technique, and it’s inexpensive, so how to update this from the “grade school social studies art inclusion” level.
What about a mash-up with a Zentangle?
Ok, I blogged about this before, and how a Zentangle really is just a mandala in a square. (Read the full rant here.) But what if you drew a Zentangle or a Mandala or whatever, and then used colored yarns to fill in your texture zones? Hmm…. I’ve been thinking about this all night.
Gotta go get doodling!
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