The Beautiful Art That is a Sugar Skull

There’s a saying I’m sure you’ve heard—it’s something like, “There are two things you can’t escape: death and taxes.” And while not all societies practice enforcement of taxes, death is something that we all experience. Because it’s inevitable, it’s also fascinating. I think this is why sugar skulls are so interesting; they come from a culture that artfully and joyfully celebrates the Day of the Dead in honor of loved ones who have passed away. But the art that this holiday has become known for is spreading in popularity.

Day of the Dead inspired art
Day of the Dead-inspired art by Veronica Kruger of Buffalo, NY

To pay homage to Dia de los Muertos, Cloth Paper Scissors invited readers to participate in a Mixed-Media Skull reader challenge. Our team received more than 200 entries, and a select handful is featured in the September/October issue. They are all remarkable. Today’s newsletter features two of my favorites.

Mixed media sugar skull art
Sugar skull-inspired art by Tari Kahrs of Yorba Linda, CA

Ready to make your own version? I have good news: the Interweave Store is offering an exclusive art kit that includes the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors for reference and ideas, a sugar skull mold, paper clay, fabric paint, and a set of (squee!) mini-roses with which to decorate the sugar skull for embellishment. Click here for more details on the Sugar Skull Day of the Dead kit and to reserve yours.

The response to the Mixed-Media Skull reader challenge was so wonderful that our team has pulled together this special kit just for you. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!



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