Parol reminds the Filipino Christians of the star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Wise Men on their way in search of Baby Jesus.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Parol - the Philippine Christmas Lantern
It's Day 11 on the Belles N Whistles Advent Calendar!
I am going to present Star of Bethlehem and my western version of the "Parol" also known as the Filipino Christmas Lantern. For those not familiar with the Parol - I found this wonderful Parol article online. Copied and pasted the first few parts of it here.
During Christmas season, parols are seen everywhere. As early as November, parols are hang on windows or door of every Filipino homes, offices, schools, shopping malls and even streets are adorned with these multi-colored lanterns. You will even find mini parols hanging on buses and jeepneys and cars. Today, the parol become more colorful because of the twinkling bulbs in dazzling pattern that help illuminates each parol.
For my western version of the "parol", I used K & Co. Swell Noel papers and MS Daisy edge punch and of course white Japanese papers. My favorite part of Christmas are the decorations and the Noche Buena!
The image was colored with Copic markers. I am sorry for the blurry photo, there was a breeze and the parol kept turning. :( The best shot I had was of the daytime.
Placed it on the front door... (night)
I chose a light green color for her gown, added star shaped patterns on it and added lots of sparkle (with glitter dots) using spica green and silver pens. I left the upper portion of her gown plain as I didn't want her to look like wallpaper :) For her little sister, a gown of blue with little dots on the bottom. I wanted big sister to be the focal point. Silver glitters were applied on the Star, hair ribbon, bells on waist, shoes and on her sister's blue gown. There is also a silver cord going around the pentagon shape between the lace punch and the image.
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