Sunday, 26 June 2011

Hot! (and cool) Colour

Hot tie dye for a dragon's tail. We are having a carnival at school. Each year group has a country, and ours is China. We are making dragons for a dragon dance. We have been given very little time to prepare, so have been making speed dragons. A large box, painted red, covered in pva glue, painted with yellow and red patterns, decorated with shiny stuff. If you say to a small child, ''Do you want to come and stick some shiny stuff on the dragon?'', most of them will say ''yes!'' Tomorrow the tails and faces will go on, Tuesday we will rehearse, Wednesday we won't do anything because Wednesday is 'transition day' when the kids from nursery go to visit Reception, and all 90 Reception children come to visit us! Fun, but noisy and hectic. Thursday I am striking, and Friday is the big day! No time for stage fright then!
Some of the beads came out interestingly dyed themselves. A few of the children helped me put the beads and elastic bands on the fabric. I would have dyed it at school but our washing machine is annoyingly broken.

More colour, from a mobile I made. I used to make mobiles in the nineties out of stripped electrical copper wire and things I found on the Thames (a different piece of beach to where we go now-and closed to public access about five years ago) I picked up loads of lovely glass pieces the other day and thought I would try to use them straight away. It is now possible to buy a beautiful and cheap selection of coloured wire in craft shops, which makes mobile making easier than it used to be! It was quite quick to do and looks beautiful in the sun.
The hoop is from a job lot I got years ago and have not used until now. I may make some more for my shop!


Lastly some cool colour-a buddleia branch and discarded purple lighter on the beach today. So pretty with the sand and the sage green of the leaves. Someone had had a huge bonfire but the branch had escaped the flames.


10 comments:

Sam said...

Love that mobile! The glass is so pretty with the sun behind it! You've been super busy being a creative soul as always! P.S. Yes, absolutely love that Euro Deco book. I think I may end up blogging about everything in it at this rate!

Lynne said...

The mobile against the sky looks so pretty.
Look forward to hearing about the dragon dance.

dogsmom said...

I am still making Mad Tea rounds but I was so impressed with sweet comments you were making (yes, you got there before me many times) that I knew I wanted to come visit you again.
I am glad I did.
Have a great, hectic week.

Tracy said...

So wonderful...everything today, is so fun, Sarah! LOVE the bright pink cloth. And what a good idea with the country themes. LOVE the mobile! I was thinking having a go at creating something similar with leftovers of jewelry-making supplies. I love yours with all the glass... Sounds like a super-busy week--hope it's a good one! :o) ((HUGS))

frayedattheedge said...

Love the mobile!! Have fun with the kids and the dragons!!

Linda Sue said...

The glass is so pretty. Red glass is especially difficult to obtain here , not sure why. Good idea, Sarah, the Most Clever!
I went to clear out more of my unit today and found a box of stained glass equipment- I thought of you-though it is too heavy to send - it had your name on it...

rochambeau said...

Adore your hoops with the brilliant glass!
xox
Constance

rebecca said...

trust me...we are drinking just that colour in the garden...
come over friend and have a sip of flowers with me!

lilylovekin said...

Love the glass wind chime. It looks so pretty with the sunlight shinning through it.

KindredSpirit said...

i love that mobile! That's so effective with all the colours coming through it.... might have a go myself, although no garden to hang it in :(