Sunday, September 24, 2017

Celebrating Heritage Day

Today, 24 September 2017 we are celebrating Heritage day in South Africa. Also well know as "Braai Dag" (Barbeque Day). South Africans celebrate their culture and diversity of their traditions and believe.  We are truly the rainbow nation. It was first time celebrated on 24 September 1995 and is a public holiday. Now, this year it is on a Sunday, that means tomorrow is a public holiday. Yippy! For a long weekend!

Heritage Day celebrate in South Africa at school

Celebrating Heritage Day

 We celebrate the day at school and the learners had the opportunity to dress in their traditional clothes. They all looked so colourful and beautiful. 


Heritage day Traditional clothing

Learners in their traditional clothes

Maybe you don't know it, but South Africa have 11 official languages. And most people here are fluent in two languages. For example I'm Afrikaans but can also speak English as my second language. I'm teaching Afrikaans as First Additional Language at a Primary School. But for most of my students it is their third language. Most schools in South Africa are English or Afrikaans and not the learner’s home language.

Today I’m sharing words that some learners told me in their mother tongue.


ENGLISH
LANGUAGE
yiyakubonga
Thank you
isiZulu
Goeie nag
Good night
Afrikaans
izala
Come here
isiZulu
isitunsi
shadow
isiZulu
dumelang
hello
Spedi
unjane
How are you?
isiZulu
umuhle
You are beautiful
isiZulu
hatic
I know
Swathi
Mobimo
God
isiZulu
Modimo
God
seSotho
gogo
Granny
isiZulu
margo
but
isiZulu
umama
mother
isiZulu
isea
come
Xhosa
Inkosa zana
princess
isiZulu
molwene
hello
Xhosa

Heritage day Traditional Clothing, Beads, South Africa

Look at the beautiful beads!

 It is really wonderful it is to live in a country so diverse and beautiful. 




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to clean an oil painting

Have you ever thought of how to clean an oil painting without damaging it?

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How to clean an oil painting

I just moved to a new house and we are busy decorating the wall with some paintings. One of the oil paintings was covered in dirt and full of dust. First I thing I tried was to dust it with a cloth. With no luck, it didn't made a difference.  Have a look at the photo below and you will see just how dirty it was.

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Dirty oil painting

Then I remembered what a art collector told me many moons ago.
And I thought let me give it a try!

First you cut a potato...no, we aren't going to cook, but clean a painting!
Using a potato from mother nature - with no damaging chemicals. 
Take the sliced potato and gently rub the oil painting with the flesh side of the potato in circular movements.

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Step 1: Rub with potato

The sliced potato will pick up all the dirt and dust.  I was surprised on how dirty the potato is. 
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Step 2: Wipe with baby wipes

I then used baby wipes to wipe the part that I just rubbed with the potato. I will suggest baby wipes without alcohol or  fragrance.
Start in a corner and work on just a small part, repeating the process until you cleaned the whole painting.

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Difference between the clean and dirty parts of the painting

Yeah! It worked for me. Hope you can see the difference of the before and after pictures.

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Cleaned painting

If you want to go ahead give it a try, but if it is a very valuable and expensive  painting I would first ask a art collector for advice.

If you have any other awesome ideas for how to clean a painting, I would love to hear from you. 

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