Now that I have a Gelli Plate
my first project is to make my
Jewish New Year cards with them,
So I share with you a little how
I did them:
I started with cutting two pomegranates
On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, we eat a "new fruit" – meaning, a fruit that has recently come into season but that we have not yet had the opportunity to eat. When we eat this new fruit, we say the shehechiyanu blessing thanking God for keeping us alive and bringing us to this season. This ritual reminds us to appreciate the fruits of the earth and being alive to enjoy them.
A pomegranate is often used as this new fruit. In the Bible, the Land of Israel is praised for its pomegranates. It is also said that this fruit contains 613 seeds just as there are 613 mitzvot. Another reason given for blessing and eating pomegranate on Rosh HaShanah is that we wish that our good deeds in the ensuing year will be as plentiful as the seeds of the pomegranate.
Now it is time to get the gelli plate, the acrylic paint
and the stencils to make some cards.
Starting with the first layer here iuse the
Honey on a sweet apple is eaten to symbolize a very
sweet New year.
When I had a lot of cards done, I took out
some rubber stamps and a Jewish sentiment in
Hebrew saying Happy New Year.
Here you see my cards lying on the table to dry.
I have quite a lot of cards in a short time.
A few close up shots here.
Click on them and you see a larger version.
Now I need to make them all into cards.
Come back tomorrow to see the finished cards!
Have a creative day!