The real challenge to being San Juan Diego for All Saints' Day is creating a tilma with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on it. You can make a simple tilma from paper bags, or you can get more complicated with it. I was thinking about printing an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on iron transfer paper, and ironing it onto a make-shift tilma. Ultimately, I decided to paint it on myself!
Here's what you need to paint your own tilma:
- Black Fabric Paint
- Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe (I printed mine from Paper Dali- Vee has some great Our Lady of Guadalupe coloring pages)
- Stiff fabric of some kind (I bought tan upholstery fabric on clearance at Joanne's Fabrics)
- Assorted colors of acrylic craft paints. I used Apple Barrel Paints. (See a great explanation of the colors and symbols of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Paper Dali)
Next, I printed the Our Lady of Guadalupe coloring page the right size I needed for my tilma.
To transfer the image, darken the back of the print-out with the side of a pencil.
Trace over your pencil impression to darken it.
Let your outline dry overnight.
Once your outline is dry, paint the sections in with acrylic craft paint. I used the cheap Apple Barrel paints.
I had fun painting this in! I did a little bit of shading, but you wouldn't have to. Don't let this project scare you- if you can paint inside of lines you can do this! The last thing I painted on was the stars on Mary's veil.
I took a strip of leftover fabric one one of the tilma shoulders to make it look more like the tilma from the movie.
Have your child wear some neutral colored pants and a shirt. Put the tilma over their head. Paint on a little mustache and goatee with some face paint, and add a sombrero-type-cowboy-hat.
Julian is so proud of his costume! He keeps telling everyone that he's going to be "San Diego" for All Saints' Day... he's just forgetting the little "Juan" part in the middle. ;-)
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