At Chinese New Year, red and gold good luck decorations are hung
celebrate and bring good fortune. I wanted everyone to create a
decorative design using traditional greetings, colours, and symbols
The central part of the design is a red and gold printed rectangular
piece of paper which I bought in Chinatown Sydney. These papers
come in packets of 100 and cost only a few dollars.
Materials used for this activity include: red and gold foil and
black paper, gold paint or markers,red and gold oddments such as
glitter, sequins, ribbon, gold stars etc.Glue, black markers, printed
Chinese paper, photocopied sheet showing examples of traditional
design, border patterns, symbolic plants and animals,greeting phrases
etc. I found most of these examples in the book "Art of Different
Cultures" by Lilian Coppock.
1. Create a balanced design which includes all of the following-
A central printed rectangle on a black or red background, 4 triangular
corners in plain or printed paper, 4 animal symbols or character
symbols (one in each corner) and their written meanings - such as
a butterfly meaning long life or the character for happiness, a
traditional good luck border pattern all around the edge(mountains,
waves or clouds) in black and painted over in thin gold paint, 2
greetings such as Happy New Year, or 2004 Year of the Monkey, or
Kung Hei Fat Choy, written either above and below the central rectangle,
or wherever it fits in. Other additions may be a good luck dragon
or a monkey.
2. Decorate the page with gold paint, sequins, stars, glitter glue,
strips of gold foil or black paper etc.
Most successful part of the lesson?
I think nearly everyone enjoyed cutting, sticking and decorating
their designs because of the lovely rich red, black and gold colours.
It was important to have lots of interesting bits and pieces so
everyone could make their own patterns according to the requirements.
I was so impressed with the care many people took to put on the
finishing touches with glitter, foil and stars for some really beautiful