This costume started with bath time.
A few months back I found a rubber frog bath toy given to us when the kids were smaller. It sparked an idea: me, covered in lily pads, with a frog or two.
Slowly the idea changed and I’m not wearing the frog, as originally planned. The focus is the lily pads. But soon the plan grew from just lily pads to lotus and lily (which sounds like the name of a boutique). Making lotus flowers would be a fun challenge, I thought. These flowers are pretty, but I also like their symbolism: flowers emerging from murky water, somehow fresh and clean, signifying rebirth and enlightenment.
Can you see me in the photo below? It’s taken from above. The pink lotus flower is on my head.
I created the lily pads from rectangles of green foam, which I cut and painted with acrylic paint. The flowers are made of paper and felt, which I had in my craft stash. My oversized necklace is made of approximately twenty lily pads. Total spent: $2.
Unfortunately, it’s H-O-T today (92 degrees) in San Diego, where my lily pads and I are anchored. So I’ve been suffering for my art, walking around in a foam outfit that traps heat a little too efficiently on a warm day.
Maybe it’s a sign that I need to fully immerse myself in the lily pad experience, and sink into a shallow pool of water. So for my next trick, I will turn my bathtub into a lily pond….