¡Hola! Hello! Mba’éichapa! (–that’s “hello” in Guarani – one of the two national languages of Paraguay.) Welcome to a post with an international flavor today! I chose to turn the darling dancing mouse in the My Monthly Hero April 2018 set into a traditional Paraguayan folk dancer doing the famous bottle dance:
When I lived in Paraguay, doing a missionary type work, I would often see women balancing amazing loads on their heads as they walk through the streets… laundry, a basket full of delicious chipas (a cheese bread made with cassava/manioc flour, shaped like a bagel) and more. These well-balanced women really know how to use their heads! In the bottle dance a girl or woman will start by balancing a bottle on her head while dancing. More and more will be added by her partners, one at a time, reaching up to 10 or more! After each, she continues to dance. Impressive!! Here is part of a page from my scrapbook, using a postcard picture:
I just drew a couple of these bottles on cardstock, fussy cut them and covered them with Texture Gems for my little mouse dancer. The texture gems added a little sparkle as centers to the flowers in the frame and sentiment, too.
I love that the leaves on flowers in the frame with this kit can be lifted up… just a little, or into a daffodil shape. I gave my mouse and bottles a little depth by cutting them out in black cardstock and having it peek out just a bit.
- Hero Arts My Monthly Hero April 2018 (MH 0418C) stamps and dies (note: bottles were hand drawn)
- Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Fiesta Red ink
- Copic Markers: C1,3; Gr05;R20, 22, 24, 29; Y08
- Faber Castell Texture Gems: Silver
- Core’dinations cardstock: White, Red, Black
- Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
- Simply Defined “Stay Put” glue
I’m entering this card in the following fun challenges… click on any of them for more information on how you can play along:
Thanks for traveling with me today!
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