October 31, 2013

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Hi friends!
Mama Mindy here to share with you the finished "Sugar Skull Shadowbox" I made this past weekend.  The sugar skull I created during October's art class meeting (October 4th).  I managed to get it home without damage during a heavy downpour. 

Here it is...

What I like about this art is that it is fun, easy, and really exciting to make.  It makes Halloween time seem less spooky and more spiritual. 

Dia de Los Muertos (from the information I learned during my art class) is celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd.  It marks a time when the arrival of the monarch butterflies reaches their winter destination: Mexico.  Also, it is a time for families to gather and to pray for the souls of their loved one's and honor them with special shrines and sugar skulls.

My sugar skull is not an homage to a person but to two seasons...Spring and Summer.  I love the beautiful flowers and the sunshine that these two seasons bring...and I'm always sad to see them go...and I LOVE butterflies...and flowers attract LOTS of butterflies. :)

I hope you learned something new and enjoyed my art!  I sure did...since I added a shadowbox and some faux foliage...and my handy-dandy glue gun was at my side the whole time. :)

Much Love,
Mama Mindy


Adi. said...

It's very beautiful! Yes, in Mexico we celebrate it on November 2, but here in the states, some people like to affiliate it with Halloween.

What I love about spring is the nice chill in the air but the sun is shining at the same time. Especially after a rainy day.<3


Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

That is so cool!
What a great art project for Halloween.
Happy Halloween to you all.
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD THAT is ASTONISHING. We LOVE it. BRAVO hope you get an A+. You deserve it!!!

stellaroselong said...

That is really cool and creative momma mindy and when you are done with it you can just eat it, well we would eat it at our house, no what we would really do is dad would use it to make us more sweet tea!!
happy halloween
stella rose, mags and gussie

Idaho PugRanch said...

That is pawsome! Very creative.
Thank you for our Halloween Card! We have been so busy preparing for the gut slide, hope you have fun!
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Mr. Pip said...

Dear Mama Mindy,

Just want to let you know that Gracie and I are having the most wonderful time. Benny is here with us, too, and we are all eating lots of cheeseburgers and running free like puppies.

Your pal, Angel Pip

P.S.: I love your shadow box and sugar skull! Really beautiful and fun!

Anonymous said...

Wow, someone with talent, thats wonderful (Our Mom sucks). Hers hoping you and the gang have all the ghosts and Goblins be good to you on this most fun day. Happy Hal-O-Weenie

The Mad Scots

Noodles said...

Felicidades para un fantastico Dia de los Muertos!
Happy Halloween.
Love Noodles

Two French Bulldogs said...

Cool. Mom is taking me to Alavaro Street this year

Ellen Gawthorp said...

That is really awesome!

Mollie said...

We love it. you are so clever. Have a super Halloween xxooxxxx

Mollie and Alfie

Francesca Villa said...

That is so cool I love it!!!!!!!! You did a great job making it!