Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tree tutorial

While working for a Golu many times tree are needed in a scene and this I found is an easy way to make a tree, I have especially made this using bits of themocol that remained from the previous year.


I have used both one inch and two inch thick thermocol to make this tree. First I cut the one inch thick thermocol in the shape shown below.


cut the one inch thermocol in the shape of the stem of a tree( you can draw and cut out the shape and then smooth the sharp edges with a foot scrapper) . 


Place the cut one inch thermocol tree shape on a two inch thick thermocol and trace the outline.

Cut it out and stick it on the one inch shape one on top of the other.

Fix the stem as well and then randomly remove chunks from the thermocol so that the even surface looks like this( you can give this job to your kids who would love to pluck out small bits of thermocol ).

Paint the green part with yellow first and then with two different shades of green.(Unlike me, please spread an old newspaper down first to save yourself from cleaning all the mess)
Paint the bark of the tree brown, let it dry.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Navarathri Golu

          These are some of the work I did for this year Golu at Avvai.



This origami lotus in a pond is a miniature pond of Madurai Meenakshi temple.(Porthamarai kolam)

This is a scene for a story where the crane refuses to eat the fishes that nibble on the sages who take bath in the pond. I added a quilled lotus to the pond.The fish I cut from thermocol and added silver glitters for the scales.

It became my job to set up these steps . It has five stories for which I have created the scenes and put them up. Though we have our assigned work  , we take lot of help from others.This is just a small part of the golu, the actual story for this year about the Nayanmar , Thirunavukarasar (Appar) covers one half of the hall and two other steps form the Main golu. 


       This is a scene again from Madurai Meenakshi temple where lord Shiva dances in a silver stage.(I made this using thermocol wrapped in silver paper.

Along with mythological stories we also have fairy tales and moral stories. This is a tower for Rupenzal I made. I have quilled some creepers on the sides of the wall.

This is the tree I made for the scenes on the steps. I made three of them. They are made of thermocol and painted with acrylic paints.