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Sand Art Holi in Rainbow Colours (celebrating my mom’s heart!)

Yesterday, we celebrated a very special day – for my mom. She completed two years since her heart surgery in Feb 2010.

That surgery – an 8-hours complicated affair with life and death – gave a new life to not just mom but to me as well. Seeing someone so close in excruciating pain and witnessing her in the state that she was in – in the ICU – left me in turmoil – emotionally and spiritually. I’d have to say, that was also the time when my notions of life, happiness, work, success – everything was turned upside down. For good.

Today’s sand art that I’m sharing with you is very symbolic – in many ways.

For one, Pari painted a heart to celebrate the health and beauty of mom’s heart. Before doing this, Pari and I talked about what this day means to us and how thankful we are to God to be celebrating this day as her birthday! Yes, mom decided two years back that she would like us to celebrate Feb 27 as her birthday as her life turned a fresh new leaf this day…

Pari decided to decorate the heart like a rainbow for she thinks mom’s heart is so lovely and beautiful like a rainbow. Also, she thought it could also mean Holi – the festival of colours, which is next week – on March 8.

I, for one, thought that using sand for the art has a deep meaning. Time slips away like sand held in our fist. Actually, no matter how tight your fist is, the sand will slither away any way. By using sand in this art, we were probably trying to ‘glue’ these precious moments of love and togetherness….

Ah….this is the philosophical side of me. It pops out once in a while…! (wink)

Mom was extremely happy and emotional to receive these paintings from Pari and her friend (she came along, too, to wish…)

This is how the girls made.

They drew the art with white glue – not all at a time but alternating between drawing and pouring sand over it.

After each design element, they added sand (over it) and removed the unstuck bit by tilting the paper over the bowl holding that particular coloured sand.

holi sand artThe process is simple and very open-ended. All I did was set up the table and leave. Popped in here and there to just capture pictures.

They made what they fancied.

And, here are the final pictures!


Pari made this. She calls her grandmother ‘naani’ and sometimes ‘mom’ (as I do)!

Her friend’s (15 yrs) version – below.

Some more Holi art ideas here:

And, now – the winner of the Outdoor Hour Challenge Getting Started Guide!

The lucky winner is – Tasia Hadden. Congratulations, Tasia. The author of this book, Barbara, will send you the book.

Tasia wrote:

This topic couldnt be better for us. I am currently home w my 3 year old and 4 1/2 year old who both adore animals and nature. when not painting or glueing we are outside always . This is how we survived a rough year of transitions. We had a move this summer b/c of job loss and economy, our temp house was flooded and inhabitable b/c of hurricane Irene and we shuttled from relatives and friends (5 of us and a large dog) for a few months till we finally settled into a new home. No matter where we were we had the woods and beach. Everday my 6 year old documented on camera or through drawings our adventures and the lil ones made up stories about our daily adventures @night. My husband informed me last night of another possible job change. It would be a beach town. I told him we’d be fine.

I’d also like to let you know that I’ll be traveling for a week starting today and may not be able to update my blog. You all take care and have a wonderful week! I’m attending this wonderful un-conference (with Pari) called the Learning Societies Un-conference. I’m sure it will present opportunity to meet creative people and exchange ideas on learning and building healthy communities. Besides, this place, I’ve heard, is seeped in natural beauty. I hope to share photos and notes with you all when I come back.

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  • Barbara February 28, 2012, 6:23 am

    So beautiful and meaningful. Where did you get the bottles that held the sand? I haven’t seen any like them before.

  • Rashmie February 28, 2012, 6:30 am

    Thank you, Barbara :)
    I found these bottles in a stationary shop as part of a ‘rangoli decoration’ kit. Aren’t these cute and handy! The nozzles were not big enough for sand to flow easily. Hence, I drilled with hot nail to get the right size.

  • Esther February 28, 2012, 1:20 pm

    Beautiful and its close to heart! Coincidence we made Stencil sand art:-) Isn’t Sand art fun rashmie!

    • Rashmie March 14, 2012, 7:04 am

      Sand art IS fun, Esther. I’ll check out yours…!

  • Roopa February 28, 2012, 1:31 pm

    Such a lovely and beautiful card!!

    • Rashmie March 14, 2012, 7:05 am

      Thanks, Roopa :)

  • Gina March 1, 2012, 10:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing such personal news. I send you best wished and strength today from Sweden. Gina

    • Rashmie March 14, 2012, 7:06 am

      Gina, I really value your wishes and message – all the way from Sweden :) I love your country, my dear :) Hugs!

  • Ann March 2, 2012, 7:41 pm

    Have a great time at the conference! This post is so emotional – I love all the symbolism and how you and Pari express yourself through art! Rainbow heart – I love it!

    • Rashmie March 14, 2012, 7:08 am

      Ann,
      I love symbolism! I think it’s the culture thing as well. Indian culture, the Hindu religion and way of life – it’s replete with symbolism…! :))
      So glad you liked our creative expression, Ann :)

  • maggy, red ted art March 14, 2012, 6:35 pm

    You do realise that I REALLY want to come to India during Holi now, don’t you? So many fun and colourful posts!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty! Great to see you there!

    Maggy & Alissa