As of Wednesday, March 20, it is officially spring, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Ever since Groundhog Day, we’ve been antsy for more sunlight, more temperate weather and the beginnings of spring blossoms. We’ve each been celebrating spring in different ways over the last few weeks — we threw an Easter Egg decorating party last week, and I attended my first Passover Seder this past weekend — but there is one particular spring holiday that we’ve been absolutely dying to take part in: Holi. Celebrated primarily in India and Nepal, Holi is the Hindu celebration of spring. Although the impetus for Holi is rooted in Hindu tradition and mythology, the festivities involved for this particular holiday are one of the very reasons for its awesomeness. Each spring, Holi celebrators take to the streets for an explosive bout of revelry that involves spraying one another with handfuls of colored pigments and perfume. Easter pays homage to the colors of spring through colored eggs and vibrant jelly beans, but in all honesty, Holi seems to take the cake in terms of color and fun.
Brooklynites might not take kindly to having colored powders thrown at their bodies, so we decided to celebrate both the beginning of spring and the fabulous holiday of Holi with a little DIY art project. After purchasing a few boxes of Holi pigments and playing around with them for a bit, these are the results: a fun, easy-to-make poster that will bring color into your home the whole year round. For full directions, continue after the jump! — Max
- Holi festival powders
- large sheet of white paper
- masking tape
- digital camera
- Photoshop or a similar image-processing application
- IKEA Ribba frame
1. Tape a large sheet of white paper to the floor.
2. Cut open your pigment powders and drop them onto the paper in any manner you’d like. Feel free to play around and make patterns or abstractions.
3. With a digital camera (even a smartphone should suffice), take an aerial photograph of your pigment design. It can help to stand on a chair or step stool to accomplish this.
4. In Photoshop, create a file that is 19.75 inches wide by 27.5 inches tall at 200 dpi. Paste your pigment photograph into this file. Resize the pasted image as necessary to fill the document size. If you want to make the pigments really stand out, bump up the sharpness by several notches.
5. After you’ve pasted your image into the poster file, feel free to add type or graphic embellishments. For our “Let Color In” poster, we used a large-sized italic Bodoni typeface underlined by white rectangles. Easy-peasy!
6. Save your file as a high-quality JPEG, TIFF or PDF.
7. Bring to a printing center like Kinko’s or Staples and print your file at full size (19.75 x 27.5) onto matte paper. This shouldn’t cost more than $20. We paid $7 per print at our local print shop.
8. Frame it! The poster dimensions fit IKEA’s Ribba frame perfectly.
9. BAM! DONE! Holi Art!
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