Fire is the spark within us. Fire is the warmth in a happy home. Fire represents enlightenment, where there is light, darkness and ignorance are dispelled.
We are fortunate to celebrate Fire, right in time for Diwali - the festival that lights up hearts, minds and homes all around India and abroad. We want to share with you pictures of lamp decoration that has become an annual tradition at our home. As the weeks gets closer to Diwali, we buy small clay lamps from the local Indian grocery store and the stage is set!
To prep clay, wash in cold water, wipe dry and leave to air dry for a day. The lamps are now ready to be painted. Both tempera and acrylic paints work well. Layering with a base coat of paint, then adding contrasting colors to enhance the designs makes the engravings stand out. Beyond that everything is left to the imagination. A few sequins and craft gemstones add to the richness and we have lamps ready to be lit up.
Traditionally, these lamps are filled with oil and a wick is lit. We use a more contemporary version of a lamp - the tea light candle. Lamp decoration makes for a fun project enough to warm a chilly October evening :-) Share your light with us!
And that is not all! Add a spark to your Diwali this year with this charming coloring sheet from Saffron Tree...
Please have the kiddos colour on and send it to us by the 30th of October! We would love to upload it on to CROCUS gallery. Send us your child's name and age, the country/city you are from.Thanks!