About 80 years ago, a young Mexican woman lives a difficult life: being injured from a bus accident, she is hurt so badly that she has to stay in bed for several months. Full of pain and not able to move, she starts from bed what will make her famous forever – painting! Now Frida Kahlo is one of the best known female artists in the world. She never really recovers from the tragical crash but even so or just because of this she tries to be happy every day. Frida writes:
Nothing is more worth than laughter.
She celebrates life and her amazing home country in many ways: in her beautiful traditional wardrobe, in her lifestyle full with friends and parties and in her colorful paintings of fresh Mexican fruits . So should we!
If you cannot have tropical fruits at home everyday or if you eat them too quickly to enjoy their look, you could make yourself some Frida Kahlo inspired paper fruit bowls: cover a bowl in the size of your fruit (e.g. a big one for watermelon and a very small one for lemon) with plastic wrap.
Make paper strips out of an old newspaper or magazine, dip them into simple wallpaper paste and add them strip-by-strip into your bowl (if you want your piece very fruity-like round) or on the outside of your turned bowl (to create a stand like a real bowl) until your new paper bowl is completely built.
After drying, remove the original bowl and start painting your fruit! It’s best to start with a thick layer of white (wall paint is great for this) and then add your colors.
Are you interested in Frida’s life? The check out this beautifully illustrated biography by and Nina Cosford. Photo by Ilona Habben for ELTERN family