ID: Chinese Kite Festival (Sept 9th)

Mailing Due Date: Sept 12th, 2007
4.5"w x 4"h

Again there were too many good themes.

I started out with 110 lb white cardstock folded up (fold line at the bottom of page). I created the fish on another piece of white cardstock and cut it out, then edged it with a black zig marker. Added the bottom fins using rice paper which I painted in an orangey tone. It extends beyond the page size but just folds up when closed. The fish's head also extends slightly above the page and to the side of the page (but is not foldable). I used Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and iridescent medium to give a bit of glitter to the scales of the fish. I painted the background paper with a cloudy effect using Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. Added the word "Kite" using my new Sizzix Alphabet Die Set. (love them) and the other words with a Zig Blue marker.

I colored in the kites below using Lyra Super Ferby Metallic colored pencils and some Koh-I-Noor woodless pencils. Edged each kite with a black Zig marker.


Japanese Rokkaku train kite pulled out








Rokkaku tucked into mingle page

The little tab, when pulled, allows each kite to come out on it's own and as you continue pulling subsequent kites come out. The image I saw of this kite had 5 kites slightly overlapping each other. I'm not sure what Rokkaku means, but the train kite is several kites all connected.

On the back I used Perfect Medium and Perlescent chalks, then wrote my particulars with a blue Zig Marker. Glued the top and side edges to create the pocket.

On the back of each kite section is part of the story behind where kites originated and some of there meanings. Each info page is a vertical accordion tucked under those little flaps.





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