I’m not sure if it’s just my kids, or if it’s a universal thing with little ones, but a mere mention of an art project using glitter causing them to start beaming. So, when I was planning this year’s Vaisakhi projects/lessons (I’m big on teaching them about culture in sneaky ways), I knew that I wanted to do something with glitter.
Since we’ve been debating the perfect place to hang the beautiful Golden Temple picture you see above (which was a gift from a friend), I thought it might be nice to create a secondary print to go with it and create some weight on the wall. (If that expression makes sense?) For my wall I went with the symbol for Ek Onkar which means ‘there is one god’. Of course the kids had questions about what the symbol means and I was more than happy to talk about it!
We also made a secondary art print with the words Chardi Kala – which is another Sikh philosophy.
Chardi Kala is a concept in Sikhism that refers to a mental state of optimism and joy. Sikhs are ideally expected to be in this positive state of mind as a sign of their contentment with the will of God, even during the times of adversity.
You can easily make this project at any time of the year with any words or images that you choose, but it’s a fun way to get your kids talking about Sikhi and learning the story of Vaisakhi too! As a bonus, you can frame your artwork and create a beautiful and spiritual art wall if you want.
How to make Vaisakhi Glitter Art
Print out of your choice of quote or image
Start by tracing over the letters on your quote with liquid glue using a thin paint brush. You don’t want the glue to dry before you spread the glitter, so it’s best to work in sections. I did one or two letters at a time.Once you are happy with the glue, cover the area with fine glitter. You want to dump glitter generously so the entire letter gets covered. It is pretty hard to go back and get spots that are missed, so be liberal with the glue and glitter. Let the glitter sit for 2-3 minutes and then shake the excess off onto a plate or piece of paper so you can use it again for the next section. If you decide to use two different colours for your project, try to cover up one colour with a napkin before starting a new colour. This prevents them from getting mixed together.
This project isn’t difficult, but it does require a little patience. If you are having your kids do this activity, consider printing a thicker larger image like the Ek Onkar you see above for them to work with. The cursive font I used for the second print was a bit tricky to work with!
Once your image is complete take outside, shake off any excess glitter, and then use a q-tip to clean up anything that is left. In my experience the glitter won’t come off unless you try to scrape it off at this point.
I hope you enjoy this project and have a very Happy Vaisakhi!
Images by: Aziz Dhamani