Here is information about events I will be participating in leading up to Christmas. If you are in the Swindon, Wiltshire area and would like unique artwork and handmade crafts at affordable prices, for yourself or loved one, please come along.
Just been out with my son doing some Trick or Treating. We were't gone long because we only went to a few friends' houses; he was tired after the fifth house. I think he just wanted to eat his goodies, which I totally understand. We'll be home now waiting for any ghouls or goblins who turns up although Halloween isn't as popular here in the UK as in the States.
Many people will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead throughout Mexico and other Latin countries; its celebrated between 31 October -2 November. Family members and friends gather together to pray for and remember their loved ones who have died. The tradition also includs building private altars called ofrendas to honour the deceased with sugar skulls, marigold flowers, the deceased favourite food and some of their belongings. Many people will also wear traditional Mexican clothing and paint "sugar skull"on their faces.
One of the blogs I regularly follow is an artist named Denise, her blog is Permama. She celebrates Dia de los Muertos and has a really cute video on there which illustrates what the tradition is about.
There's also an article on Mamiverse about the celebration.
I've also seen loads of images lately using the "sugar skull" design.
I thought I would make my own version of a sugar skull; I used models from a magazine and painted them using acrylic and gouache paints.