Kan – Sky

Kan

The Maya word today in the Kaqchikel language is Kat.

These people are wise and passionate. They are great collectors of objects and also ideas. They are problem solvers, often listening to different points of view and coming to a solution that works for all.

These people make successful gardeners, artists, merchants, collectors and distributors.

Activity

Now you know your sign, how about drawing it on paper or clay or even make a pendant with your day sign.

Eb – Nahaul/Way – Day Sign

What you will need:

  • Your spirit-companion day sign (see above)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • A piece of white fabric approximately 10cm x 10cm (for example, a piece of an old sheet or a handkerchief)
  • Two pieces of stiff card – one white and one the colour you would like your frame to be (for example, black)
  • Acrylic paints
  • PVA glue
  • Glue stick
  • Black waterproof marker-pen (eg Sharpie pen)

Instructions:

These instructions are for a small nahual fabric painting.  If you would like to make a larger version, you will need to increase the size of the measurements given below.

1. Draw a square 8cm x 8cm on a sheet of paper.  Make a pencil copy of your nahual inside this square and then draw over the lines with a black marker-pen.  Stick this to a flat surface with masking tape so that it stays in place.

2. Cut a piece of white fabric 10cm x 10cm and place over the top of your paper design.  Stick this onto the flat surface to hold it in position.

3. Use the black marker-pen to carefully trace the design onto the fabric.

4. Paint your design using acrylic paints, keeping inside the black lines.  Start at the centre of the picture and work outwards.   Wet your paintbrush with water if the paint is too thick to easily apply to the fabric but be careful not to over-dilute it as this may cause your black outline to run.

5. You can also use poster paint, fabric paint or felt tip pens to colour your design.  When complete, put your design to one side and allow to dry.

6. Cut your two pieces of stiff card into squares 13cm x 13cm.  To make the frame, take the coloured piece of card and measure in 2.5cm from each of the four sides making small marks to show this measurement.  Use your marks to draw a square 8cm x 8cm inside your larger square. 

Cut out the inside square to leave a 2.5cm frame by gently folding the larger square in half so that you can make your first cut and then carefully cut along the lines you have drawn.

7. When your painting is dry, use masking tape to stick it to the back of the frame with the painted side showing through.  Now, stick the back piece of card over the reverse of the painting.

8. To enable your painting to stand up, cut two rectangles of card, 5cm x 10cm.  Fold each piece in half lengthways and stick the top two folded pieces together to form a ‘T’ shape.  When dry, stick the top of the ‘T’ shape to the base of your nahual painting on the reverse side.  This will act as a stand for your picture.

Other alternatives:

You could engrave a small square of modelling clay with your nahual design and then pierce a hole through the top. When the clay is dry, you could thread it onto a piece of string or cord to make a necklace or bracelet.  Now you have made your own, how about you make one for your friend or family member?

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