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Friday, November 1, 2013

Día De Los Muertos Hop

Welcome to my blog and to the 4th annual Día De Los Muertos Blog Hop!
Bienvenidas a mi blog y a el hop de Día De Los Muertos!!

Hopefully you just arrived from my BFF Abby's blog if not, please start at the beginning with my comadrita Abby.

Although celebrated in many cultures, Día de los Muertos, is an important Mexican holiday honoring deceased loved ones.  I am sure you will be reading about the celebration on all the other blogs, so today I will share about one traditional Día De Los Muertos celebration staple, La Catrina.

La Catrina was first illustrated by famous Mexican print-maker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada in the early 1900's.  He named her La Calavera Garbancera. This was Posada's way to ridicule those Mexicans that he felt where ashamed of their indigenous background by embracing the Europeans way of dressing and using too much make-up to make themselves look whiter.  In 1948, Diego Rivera painted La Garbancera with added clothing or dressed her up and named her "La Catrina."  It was Diego who made her an iconic Mexican Día De Los Muertos symbol.

Catrin(a) is slang for well dressed or elegant and it refers to rich people.

So here's my Catrina.
This beauty was illustrated by Lizeth Grajeda and it is sold by Dilo En Español.

I crated this 3x4 card to use on my Project Life/Life Documented album this November 2nd.  I plan to attend a Día De Los Muertos event and it will be just perfect to decorate and document on my album.

I embossed her and colored her using water paper, embossing powder, Tim Holtz distress markers and Ranger Perfect Pearls mists.

And this is another Catrina I created using the same technique above.  It is meant to be used on a card for a birthday gift.  I have a friend who is not Hispanic that happens to know all about the celebration and her birthday is November 2nd!  I know she will love when I finish it and give it to her, hopefully tomorrow.  Her favorite colors are yellow and blue.

What you see behind is a scrapbook layout I created to journal my visit to Disneyland this past Saturday.

Here is my layout.

I colored "Mary La Catrina" using Copic markers on glittered white paper. I stamped her using Brillance ink, it stamped much better then Memento ink on the glittered paper.

I stamped the sentiments included on the Mary La Catrina stamp set in black ink but decided to go over it with a gold pen.

The flowers cut with a die from MCT are my cartoon version of the traditional Día De Los Muertos flowers = marigold | cempazuchitl.  Used gold dew drops in the centers.

I created the Papel Picado by cutting pieces from a lace border from Basic Grey.  The string is this gold glitter yarn that already has sequin in it.

I meant to replace the illustrated feathers on Mary La Catrina's hat with real feathers but decided to just add to the background.

The layout sketch is from the Silhouette online store by Lori Whitlock 
I will be creating the second page to match and document tomorrow's festivities.

I leave you with a picture of another favorite (tradition) on this day...  pan de muerto.
 It is nice to find this in the United States.  When I lived in San Diego it was easy to cross the border and go get some items not available here, but it is nice to find without having to do the drive ... or the long wait at the border!