How to Create a Sugar Skull Grooming Design
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Today, the Sugar Skull image is super popular. You see the design everywhere. But what is it all about?
It’s a holiday tradition in Mexico that celebrates Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Sugar Skulls represent a departed soul. Traditional Sugar Skulls are made from a mixture of granulated white sugar with added decorations. Loved ones place the decorated skulls on the home “ofrenda” or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit.
Sugar Skulls can be simple or elaborate in design.
In this lesson, Dawn Omboy, “the Queen of Color” is inspired to do a basic Sugar Skull design. She is working on her three-legged Bichon, Harry. She uses temporary ink to make the raised design fun and bright. We were surprised by how quickly she created the effect. If she chooses to change the colors, all she has to do is wash the dog, re-fluff him, and apply new colors.
This raised design is usable in many other applications, too. If your clients want to have some fun, think about all the otherdesigns you could do using Dawn’s techniques!
In this lesson, you will learn:
- how to work with an air brush.
- which inks to use for temporary color.
- how to outline a design.
- how to get crisp lines at the outer edges.
- how to add color and depth to the design.
We are all creative in our own right, we are pet groomers, there is a deep love for the art that is in our hearts and heads and hands that give us the ability to do the things we love to do. I am a self taught pet groomer; it is something I always knew that I would one day do.
I thought how cool it would be to do hair, I just happened to be able to relate to dogs better than people, so to be a hairdresser was out of the question.
At 19 I talked my way into a grooming shop. The owner said to me “Do you have scissors?” oh yes I replied and pulled out my big black singer sewing scissors. Oh no Honey! This is more like it she said and put a small shear into my hand and then pointed me to the grooming room. I had no clue. A lady in that room sent me to the kennel room to retrieve a dog from a cage along with the information card that I would find clipped to the front of the cage. That was about it as far as instructions would go, poof I was now a groomer. Back then I didn’t know there were things such as grooming schools.
After a few years and job changes I opened my own shop, but I still wanted to get better at my craft. I was so delighted when I heard of this Pet Fair that was going to be in Atlanta. The first few years I only went on Sunday to buy things for my store since I had to work on Saturdays, I saw the competitions going on. I really wanted to do that to improve my skills, but being the big chicken I am around people; I put it off, until I could no longer stand it. I told so many of my clients that I was going to compete that there was no way for me to back out of it. I called Ann Stafford and registered. I competed in 3 classes and brought home 3 placements! Wow. I can’t think of a better way to get such valuable grooming lessons. To do the dog right there in front of (ugh) people and then get a critique. Then I found out some of these folks are certified! I mean I had been told that I was certifiable, but I didn’t know that groomers were.
Soon I began my quest for the NCMG It gave me a wonderful feeling of confidence and pride. I learned so much along the way. Oh but then I saw a most wondrous thing at this Atlanta Pet Fair, It was a form of art like I had never seen, Kathleen Putman had turned a standard poodle into a carousel horse. I knew right then, THAT is what I am supposed to do.
There is a creative side to all of us weather we decide to do color or not. Everything we do is a Work of Arf! As a multiple Creative winner, I have gone on to teaching classes and have judged the Creative Competition in Hershey the past 3 years. NBC’s Today Show recently flew me to New York to be on the show where I put the NBC peacock on the dog live in the studio. There is a link to see it on the Klippers website. I have a DVD set available called Creative Canine Color & Design with Dawn Omboy available directly through Klippers.com. And the 4 hour Pizzazy class filmed at Hershey 2005available from Barkleigh. Last year I was even nominated for a Crystal, it was such an honor to be nominated.
It had been 3 years since my last Creative competition and 7 since I had done any of the regular classes. I felt that it was time to get back out there to work on my grooming skills again. I would highly recommend doing this periodically just to keep your skills up to speed. It was really scary for me getting back in the ring after a 7 year absence. But I needed it, I learned from it and I am a better groomer for it. My goal was to walk out of the ring with knowledge. And that in itself makes me a winner.
The Creative part of it, well that’s just me, Making the World a more colorful place, one dog at a time.