The Colours of Truck Art

This intricate form of art, called Truck Art is practiced commonly in South Asia, especially Pakistan. The highly complex and greatly detail-oriented form of art leaves people from all over the world dumbfounded. Its awe-inspiring and overwhelming designs and patterns never cease to amaze people and this elaborate art form gives a hint of highly talented people of this country. Mostly this style of art includes floral patterns and different types of poetry written in the form of calligraphy. This art is not just done out of beautification purposes, but rather, it has become infused with Pakistani culture and tradition.

This art form has seen the changing of eras, making different elements from different eras to integrate into the Truck Art. Though, the history of Truck Art has not been traced properly to the very beginning, to its origin. But there are some theories, one speculation is that after partition of sub-continent companies tried to monopolize the freight business. So, they created colourful logs to attract illiterate people of Pakistan and the colourful it was more the people got attracted and slowly it got revolutionized to give an art.  Another theory is that the painted portraits of Gurus was seen on the trucks of Sikh transporters, which inspired the Muslim truck drivers to paint Sufis on their trucks in the era of 1940s. Then after Pakistan gained independence the art stayed, but rather got incorporated with modernism and soon landscapes, flying horses, different birds became the option for painting by many truck drivers. Then in the ‘60s decade the art took a turn and incorporated politics, then spiritual paintings took over and so on. Now, truck art has become a greatly recognized genre of art, all over the world.

Now truck art is not only confined to the body of the trucks and lorries rather it has made its way down to every sort of item used daily such as truck art inspired pottery, rickshaws, scooters and even clothes!

All parts of trucks are densely decorated with floral pattern as well as with pictures of Pakistani and other heroes, Monkeys, Butterflies and much more. Many different types of colours are used to draw on different parts of the truck. The colours range from loud hues of bright Orange, Lemon Yellow etc. to pastel shades. Different sizes of paint brushes are used, big brushes serve as coating a basal colour or for filling in, etc. while the small, thin ones are used to intricately and immaculately make way into the tiny details.

The Mesmerizing Ebru Art

The myriad of exquisite patterns imprinted upon a plain sheet of paper is an art, an art that is known as Ebru Art, also referred to as Paper marbling. Although its basic origins are not properly known, but it is said to be one of the oldest Turkish arts. It uses an array of colours, swirled and twirled on an aqueous medium making different forms of shapes, figures, floral pattern, sceneries etc. The patterns formed vary in complexity, from big designs to highly small, intricate ones but no matter the size the designs are well-defined and distinct. This art is truly a stupendous sight.

This technique of art requires a steady motion, a good level of patience and of course, an aesthetic sense. To prepare the aqueous surface, various surfactants are added into the water or a cellulose mixture is formed and filled up in a shallow tray called the Size. These solutions help in keeping the paint floating on top of the surface. The dye/ink is made by mixing water with the desired coloured pigment along with Kitre, a natural gum. Then the dye is sprinkled, poured etc. on the solution depending on the art needed to be created. After the dye has been added, the floating colors are manipulated using various techniques. An awl is used to create different patterns; the artists may also use a straw by blowing through it to shape the floating colours. The artist also fans the colours so that they move to formulate the desired shape. After the wanted piece of art has been created a Washi sheet or any type of absorbent sheet of paper is used, that is gently and carefully placed on the Size. Placing the sheet on the top of the solution transfers the image on the paper. Then the paper is left in open to dry.This method of art has been used for a considerable long time. The Turks learned to make paper in the 15th century, with the passing of time they mastered the Ebru Art. With the advancement in time, this technique started holding immense importance. Due to the distinct patterns formed almost every time, the imprinted paper was used to prevent the forging of a document. The paper with a decent design also started to serve as a background to pen down official documents, records and treaties. The Ebru Art is also used to write calligraphy on it and also serves as an endpaper in books etc.

Origami; The Art of Paper Folding

The art of creasing the paper to make intricate or simple figures and shapes is called Origami. Origami is an art that has its root anchored in Japanese culture, this technique brings life to the dead, flat sheet of paper by folding it into different sculptures. People nowadays from all over the world practice this art style. The beautiful figures such as a crane, flowers, butterflies and much more made by just a sheet of paper concentrated attention of people from all around the world. The simple yet a complex method of this transformation made many people to learn it and then to teach it as well.

In Origami practices, usually a Square piece of paper is used to fold it into various figures. Although people today and in old times used scissors, tape, glue etc. to get a clean cut or to bind paper perfectly. But modern technique discourages the use of any sort of amenity such as glue, scissors etc. Many experts discourage the use of any tools either to do Origami, however people use various tools to build complex or a complicated structure. Tools such as paper clips and tweezers can be used. Bone folders aid in making sharp creases. Ruler and a ballpoint embosser are also taken help of for scoring the paper.

There are many types of Origami that are done today. Some of them include: Action Origami; a type in which the Origami model can be manipulated in certain ways to bring life to the seemingly still model. Modular Origami; is a name given to the type that uses different pieces of Origami to make a final complicated structure. Pure-land Origami; it is another type that asks to make the figure by only using the mountain or valley folds. Wet-folding; it is yet another technique in which a model is made that uses gentle curves and the paper is moistened to make it easier to shape it in to wave or circular patterns.

In ancient times, Origami usage was restricted to the purpose of beautification of gifts and the decoration of envelopes etc. But as of today, with the advancement in technology Origami has found its way to contribute with the technological era too. Origami is used in Architectural Engineering as well as Civil Engineering to make sample, miniature deploy-able models. Origami is also used for research in Medicine, as its 3D structure helps in the simulation of DNA patterns and also for modelling cell membrane and Protein structures. In Mathematics, teachers use Origamis to make pupils get an understanding of geometrical shapes etc.

Warli Art; An Aesthetic Pleasure

There are many types of folk arts that are done all around the world, Warli Art is one of them. It is a type of art that has originated from Maharashtra tribe, one of the biggest tribes in India. The art is itself one of a kind, as it uses rudimentary geometric shapes such as a Circles, Squares or triangles to form complicated pieces of art. The intricate designs, the captivating details are truly mesmerizing.

These paintings depicted social lives, the daily lives of the people of Maharashtra tribe. Each painting shows a different scene, sometimes a scene of marriage, a depiction of harvest or Trapa dance etc. The usage of triangles was for denoting trees or mountains and humans as well, one inverted triangle joined with an upright one represented a body while circles and kinked line complete the whole form. Circles are also used to denote natural bodies such as the Moon and Sun. Square shows a holy confinement or a portion of land.

It is done by using a blend of simple, everyday items to formulate different Earthy hues to paint this art. Ritually, this art is painted upon the inner walls of the houses, but people also create it on pieces of cotton as well. Ochre tone made from the concoction of twigs, red-brick and soil served to be the background for the art to be drawn. Sometimes, a mixture of water and dung is also used to form an Umbre color for the background. Then a chewed end of a Bamboo stick is dipped in a puree of rice with water along with gum to paint the picture. But in today’s modern world people also use poster or acrylic paints to depict these enchanting art pieces.

Warli Art is now, not just confined to the traditions and culture of its birth place, but its charm has managed to appeal great artists and many people from all around the world. Warli Art is now printed on mugs, clothes, wall hangings etc to add a sense beauty to wherever it is printed.

This traditional art might be only a source of amusement and exquisiteness to the people today, but traditionally this art was drawn on the walls of houses in the villages at the time of marriages to ensure their stability and eternality. These drawing were also considered to provide blessings at the time of child birth and were also used to protect the crops and houses from evil and demonic entities.

Why both Kids and Adults Should do Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts are a great avenue to promote mental health and enhance creativity among children and adults. Arts and crafts activities contribute to the cognitive, emotional, and social development of kids. When you encourage creativity among kids, they certainly develop important skills that may contribute to their long-term achievement both in school and even in their adulthood.

It’s, therefore, important that you present your kids with art and craft supplies to not only enhance their creativity but also let them have a sense of achievement after completing their project. Here’s why it’s important to let your kids partake in arts and crafts activities.

Executive Function and Self-Regulation

You must have realized that things don’t always work out as planned at times. There are times you have to make adjustments and changes to your plans and even come up with different strategies. Executive function refers to the different set of mental skills that help you in switching focus, remembering details, filtering what you say, managing time, doing things based on experience, planning, and paying attention. These are important life skills that kids need to acquire as well.

Engaging children in arts and crafts provides them with important life lessons like patience, focus, reasoning, paying attention, self-control, flexibility. Ultimately, they’re able to develop healthy executive function and self-regulation.

Bilateral Coordination

Most arts and crafts activities often require one to use both of their hands in sync. This includes activities such as cutting, painting, knitting, coloring, and drawing. The fact that these activities involve children moving their hands means they’re able to develop their bilateral coordination. It, therefore, becomes easier for them to learn a variety of other daily activities like writing, playing instruments, showing, dressing, etc.

Bonding and Memories

Every parent spends time with their kids. Engaging your kids in simple arts and crafts activities like painting, drawing, knitting, etc. is a great way to enjoy quality bonding time while making fond memories together. Not only will you be communicating your desire to spend quality time with your child but showing him or her that you’re invested in his or her life.

Self-esteem

If you’re looking to empower children to feel good about themselves, then arts and crafts is the way to go. Arts and crafts activities encourage and promote creativity thereby empowering children with positive emotional responses whenever they’re learning. They will feel a great sense of achievement and accomplishment when they create something.

Fine Motor Coordination

There’s no better way to improve a child’s hand-eye coordination than engaging him with hand-on arts and crafts activities like kneading, coloring with line, mixing colors, drawing patterns and shapes, or cutting with scissors. All these activities enhance the development of fine motor coordination. The more children engage in hands-on arts and crafts activities the more they improve their fine motor skills. Their hands an wrist muscles also become stronger.

In conclusion, arts and crafts provide many benefits to both kids and adults. So if you’re looking to help your kids socialize and think critically even as they develop other skills, encourage them or rather engage them in such activities. You might start by providing them with arts and crafts supplies.