Last week I initated a worldwide art event called Forest Fiesta to celebrate World Environment Day. The idea behind it was/is for our kids to appreciate and understand the value of our Forests and derive creative inspiration from them for art or craft.
My little, ever-so-curious girl – Pari or Parinita (her real name) has been pretty enthusiastic about sharing her ideas for Forest Fiesta. Well, yes, I never told you her real name is Parinita meaning expert or carrier of wisdom in Sanskrit! We call her at home by the shorter version – Pari – which means a Fairy – in Hindi or Urdu. But lately, she's grown so fond of her original name – Parinita, that I think I'll refer to her by this name here – if not always, at least sometimes!
Couple of days back, she and a newest art contributor in our household – a young girl called Sama – who's the daughter of a poor rikshaw-puller and whose mother works as a house help – made two gorgeous decoupage wall pieces out of old cardboard boxes. Sama, spends afternoons with Pari playing games and doing art and craft. It brings a smile to my face to see these two girls from totally contrasting background – bond, share and learn from each other.
These creations are to kick-start the Forest Fiesta fever at home! I'll publish the Forest Fiesta Finale creations, with contributions from participating bloggers, on June 15, Wednesday!
The girls used the decoupage method to make these. They watered down PVA glue or Fevikol in a 1:1 ratio and applied it below and over the paper cuttings from magazines. I told them they are free to arrange the pictures in whatever way they wish. I explained them the Forest theme so that they would look for relevant pictures.
Besides magazines, I gave them different types of patterned papers and colourful cellophane paper to cut from.
We also discussed how India's national animal and our pride – the Tiger (Royal Bengal Tiger) has become endangered and why.
As part of this art and nature collaboration, I had also invited many of my mommy blogger friends, readers and some non-profit organizations that work for kids to participate in the event. And, I'm delighted to announce that around 17 bloggers so far have promised to join in, in this event! Yay! And, another YAY to the power of social media for enabling us to connect with, know and even make lasting friendships with like-minded people who are nothing less than our kindred souls. Be it through photo-sharing communities like Flickr, through this blog and this one or through interest-specific online forums like Parentree, I have made some incredible friendships with people that share similar or more passions – from photography to writing to traveling to creative parenting, gardening, Yoga. I have never met so many like-mi
Anyways, I think I'm digressing….
It's exciting to see the Forest Fever catching on. I also received beautiful art entries from two young girls at a non-government organization called Protsahan. Protsahan has been working tirelessly to provide creative and artful education for poor girls in India whose families cannot afford an education for them or for those girls who are homeless and had been relegated to the perils of living on streets…
I have no words to tell you how touched I feel to receive these thoughtful artwork from these two girls – Soni and Kiran. I am ever so thankful to Sonal Kapoor at Protsahan for coordinating these entries.
Her message written in Hindi: Trees are very important to us. Hence, we must protect them.
But, friends, I'm somewhat disappointed that I haven't yet heard from my non-blogger readers on Forest Fiesta. Come on, friends, I have high expectations from you. I'm really looking forward to your participation. After all, we are a community, aren't we? (smiles). Please send your kids' art entries to rashmiejaaju at gmail dot com. Or, you can post your entries on Mommy Lab's FB page – on the wall. I'll feature the pictures in the finale article on June 15.