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Day of the Dead Crafts: More than 24 Projects that Celebrate Dia de los Muertos Paperback – August 1, 2008
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From the Back Cover
Celebrated on November 1 and 2, Day of the Dead honors the memory of departed souls, welcoming them back to celebrate the best of life. Families decorate grave sites with marigolds and set up stunning altars. Streets flutter with paper banners. Store windows glisten with sugar skulls. Skeleton figures grin rakishly from every corner. Day of the Dead Crafts is filled with dozens of terrific projects that allow you to participate in the excitement of the holiday while expressing your own creativity. You'll enjoy showcasing these unique, fun, and meaningful projects throughout the year.
Inside you'll find step-by-step instructions, ideas, and inspiration for a wide range of projects, including:
Calaveras, those comical and clever skeleton figures caught in the act of enjoying life's favorite activities
Masks and skulls made from paper maché, gourds, and even sugar
A meaningful and artistic ofrenda, or altar, to honor those who have passed
Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more to wear day or night
Pieces guaranteed to liven up any décor
Colorful, whimsical, and often dramatic, Day of the Dead art is steeped in rich history and symbolism. The projects in Day of the Dead Crafts honor the traditional, while taking advantage of today's materials for a fresh and exciting twist.
About the Author
Kerry Arquette, fi rst published at age thirteen, has work featured in Seventeen, Good houskeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal and other popular magazines. She has authored more than a dozen books, including Daddy Promises and her award-winning children’s picture book What Did You Do Today? She is a cofounder of Cantata Books Inc.
Andrea Zocchi, cofounder of Cantata Books, Inc., was an art director for a large design and how-to book and magazine publisher. Multitalented and versatile, he has worked as a graphic designer, freelance photogrpher, director of a foreign studies program, sales manager, and farmhand.
Jerry Vigil, a self-taught Chicano artist, has carved bultos and retablos since 1998. Known in his hometown of Denver as the “Dean of the Dead,” he is a high-profi le art activist and instructor whose work has appeared in dozens of local and national exhibits and competitions as well as numerous publications. His signature calaveras are a distinctly vibrant blue.
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My family creates memorial alters each Day of the Dead for family members who have past away. It is a time of remembrance and getting in touch with your family roots.Young children can hear stories and help with these fun crafts which remind us that our family members who have past on are only a thought away and craft project away. I give this book my highest recommendation. Have fun!
It contains a bit of history about Dia de los Muertos and a lot of full color projects and pictures of wonderful art for inspiration.
It's better for crafters with some experience, most of the projects aren't step by step to make exactly what's pictured but rather guidelines for allowing your own creativity to flourish.
The section on calaveras was a favorite. It explains how to make them out of polymer clay and gives lots of ideas for other mediums including paper, wood and my personal favorite, the idea of embroidering skeleton features on a rag doll. That one doesn't have a pattern, but the idea is great and I think that's the sort my daughter will want to make.
There are instructions for making paper mache skulls or skull masks using a purchased plain face mask and a balloon that I know will be a family project this year.
The jewelry section has some great projects in it. My favorite are the different charms. I have some plastic skull beads and one charm was a very nice colorful wire and bead skeleton. The painted pearl earrings were lovely as well.
Very recommended for the variety of crafting mediums and the gorgeous photographs.
I highly recommend this book for those who want to create and find inspirations in the heritage of this culture.
The results you want to achieve are with a bit of effort available to you from this high quality book. The imagery is lovely and the photo instructions clear.
I'm sure if you want to make these crafts you will achieve great results!!
However, I docked it a star because I feel that most of the projects are somewhat intimidating to a complete novice like me. I also wish that the patterns in the back were full sized and/or they had more patterns to follow. A pretty large section was dedicated to jewelry which I wasn't as interested in making...but that will be a plus for someone looking for a VARIETY of projects to do (also, I realize that it is a growing trend for celebrating Day of the Dead).
There are brilliant pictures that can be both instructional and wonderful for inspiration. The actual projects have step by step pictures and text, as well as extra information for fixing 'mistakes' or enhancing the overall creation. The best projects will take time and patience, but the outcome is well worth the work.