Painting is silent poetry.
Today we’re writing a blog post TOGETHER! We would love to tell you ALL about our journey painting our Peruvian masks with CONNIE! We loved EVERY second of our time with Connie AND with Gordon!
After our masks were fired in the kiln, Connie came back to help us paint them. We spent some time looking at pictures in a beautiful book to get an idea of the designs and colours the ancient Peruvian’s used on their masks and pottery.
We discovered that Incans didn’t use hot pink and other bright colours because they didn’t have the MATERIALS to MAKE those bright colours. They used stuff that the EARTH would give them … like dirt and plants and minerals … the materials they had in their environment.
After we looked at the pictures, Connie showed us how to properly paint our masks. She told us to start at ONE end of our masks and to go straight across the opposite side because, once you got to the other side the side that you STARTED on would be dry!
Connie told us that, when we paint, we shouldn’t go back and forth with the brushes because you might see all the messy paint brush lines all over our masks. She also told us that when you started to see little “white” spots where you were painting that you should “reload” your brush. We learned to keep the paint off the metal part of the brush and just on the bristles because you can only PAINT with the bristles. Paint on the metal would be wasted paint!
Here are some of our highlights:
- seeing our masks when they were COMPLETELY finished.
- each and EVERY step of the journey!
- having a WONDERFUL time with Connie and Gordon!
- working with our hands!
- seeing the pictures of the masks and seeing how ours are the same and different compared to the Incans’.
- shaping the clay around the nose and making the designs.
- holding the freezing clay!
- using newspaper to form our masks!
- the variety of colours we were able to use.
- seeing our masks after they came out of the kiln.
We sure hope you enjoy our SLIDESHOW:
We KNOW that CLAY comes from the ground. Some of us have found it when we have been planting trees with our parents in our backyards. The clay WE find in our yards NEVER looks as good as the clay Connie brings. We’ve EVEN seen clay at the LAKE when we’ve been digging. We wonder where Connie and Gordon GET their clay. Do they buy it from someone who CLEANS it? How DO they clean it?