Every year at the beginning of Spring there is a fun and very colorful festival in India- Holi or the Festival of Colors. This celebration is filled with massive crowds, water, and a colorful powder that participants are covered in. To better understand it, here is a video made by National Geographic:
The colors are beautiful and I love how joy filled it all is! I was inspired by Holi and the national animal of India, the peacock to make a beautiful art project.
Holi Inspired Peacock Art Project
This art project uses a technique called string painting. Simply put, you coat string in paint, lay it on your paper, and pull it to reveal a pattern of sorts. Martin and I had very different takes but we both enjoyed it and boy did we use color!
You will need…
- Thick paper
- String- One 12″ piece per color per artist
- Paint (we used glitter paint)
- Containers to put the paint in
- optional Craft Sticks, to help push the string into the paint
- Construction paper
To make your Holi inspired peacock, use the string to create a rainbow of color all over the page- the more color the better! I opted for the zig zag technique- lay the string in a zig zag then pull it straight down creating a tiered tapered effect.
Let your masterpiece dry completely.
Cut out a bowling pin shape for the peacocks body, a triangle for the beak, 3 little feathers for the top of the head, and two small circles for eyes.
Glue them in place and you are all done!