I’d always liked the pretty little sugar skull sweets the are an offering to departed loved ones on Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead which is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November each year. For more information on the history and traditions of this interesting holiday visit http://www.mexicansugarskull.com/support/dodhistory.html
I’d seen really pretty sugar skull girls on the net and using those and a day of boredom as my inspiration I decided to have a go at this look. The only model I had to play make up on was my daughter, she happily agreed to my idea and so the painting commenced (I used Grimas watercolours for this look). After sitting patiently (read mild fidgeting) and letting me paint for an hour and half I was ready to show her how she looked, she was really pleased and asked if I could take some photo’s, I remembered we had a brightly coloured fabric flower necklace that had been part of a Hawaiian fancy dress costume, so I used this as a headband and then passed the photography task over to my husband – a keen and rather talented amateur (in the sense that he doesn’t get paid) photographer who positioned her in front of a blank wall in our front room, half an hour later and we had some nice pictures which I’m really pleased to share.