2. Typical colors used on the banners for the Mexican national holidays would be colors of the flag-red, white, and green. Typical colors used on the banners for the Day of the Dead are pink, orange, and purple
Patterns can include:
1. Flowers, which can be used for any type of celebration. Flowers have been used for special ceremonies since ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations lived in Mexico.
2. The Mexican coat of arms, which would be appropriate for celebrating national holidays – Mexican Independence Day, September 16, Cinco de May, May 5, Constitution Day, February 5. Benito Juarez’ Birthday, March 21, and Revolution Day, November 20 are a few possibilities.
3. The skull and crossbones, along with many other depictions of skeletons, are a familiar motif of the Mexican Day of the Dead, November 2; on this day Mexicans remember those who are deceased.
1. Use liquid watercolor paint, washable markers or diluted food coloring.
2. Dampen the paper first, then spray, spritz, or splatter the paint or food coloring, spray lightly with water-watch the colors meld.
3. Color dry paper with washable markers and pens, and then dampen the paper by misting water and watch the colors bleed.
4. Make new colors by applying one color on top of another then spraying-yellow on blue for green yellow on red for orange, red on blue for purple.
5. Allow adequate time for the banners to dry before hanging-lay a string across the top edge, apply glue, and fold edge over string.
1. Papeles picados are used for personal celebrations like birthdays, weddings, christenings, etc. as well as community holidays and events. They are typically hung on buildings, placed in yards, on windows, ceilings, and altars.
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