Wednesday, February 29, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Collection

Happy Leap Year! I am excited to share with you my new designs - St. Patrick's Day Collection!

Growing up, I understand very little about St. Patrick's Day. Green, Shamrock, Leprechaun and Pot of Gold somehow symbolize the 17th of March. If I ever find a four leaf clover, I will be lucky and if I don't wear green I'll be pinched! So what do they all mean?

St. Patrick's Day Collection Tutorial

Everyone wants to find that Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow, right? How did it get there? Legend had it that the Leprechaun, which means the little two-feet tall shoemaker who loved to dance and made shoes, hid the gold coins they received from their earnings in the pot. The Rainbow started from the time of Noah's Ark and it symbolized hope from the past storm. Since we can never find the end of the Rainbow, we have to catch the Leprechaun in order to find that Pot of Gold. It's not easy to catch the Leprechaun so we might as well forget about finding that Pot of Gold! So let's find some Shamrocks and four leaf clovers instead! So why do we call it St. Patrick's Day then?

St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. His birth name was Maewyn Succat. He was kidnapped at around the age of 16 as slave in Ireland. After 6 years, he escaped and managed to return to his family in Britain.

St. Patrick had a desire to return to Ireland as a missionary and studied to be a priest. In 432 Pope Celestine consecrated him as a Bishop of Ireland and gave him the name "Patricius".

St. Patrick returned to Ireland. He made extensive, successful missionary journeys through all of Ireland, spending his time preaching, teaching, building churches, opening schools, monasteries and converting the Irish people. He used the Shamrocks to explain to the people of Ireland the meaning of Trinity. St. Patrick died on March 17th, 461. You can read more about St. Patrick here. I am so glad I get a chance to create St. Patrick punch art in honor of this very day!

Four leaf clovers are rare and have been mutated from the three leaf clover. If anyone ever finds one, it's consider lucky. The four leaves represent faith, hope, love and luck. Perhaps, the luck will bring you to that pot of gold! :)

You can now purchase my St. Patrick's Day Collection tutorial for only $4.99 on Tutorials for Sale Page! The tutorial is in a downloadable Adobe PDF file following your purchase.

I hope you'll have fun creating this Collection as much as I did!



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