Thursday, January 26, 2017

Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster

Unlike the western new year which is fixed, Chinese new year is based on lunar calendar and will fall on the first new moon between 21 January and 20 February. The 2017 Chinese New year begins on January 28 and is called the Year of Rooster according to 12-year cycle of the animal zodiac. Those born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005 are known as Roosters. Specifically, 2017 is the year of Fire Rooster. Fire Roosters are known for being trustworthy, punctual and responsible. To commemorate the Year of the Rooster, I made this paper cut of a rooster crowing with the sun breaking out in the background. I used three layers of paper to get this effect. I particularly enjoyed the cutting the details on the rooster. 

I have been working on a series of herbal-themed papercuts and here is one I made this week. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs and I can almost smell its heady fragrance!

I also finished this illustrated recipe. A while ago, I posted here a version of it drawn on vinyl cloth using chalk pastels. This time, I drew an enhanced and a ore permanent version on wood using a hot pen.

Thanks for stopping by.

Linked Paint Party Friday. Thanks to Eva and Kristen for hosting.


  1. Hello Indira, I do so admire your paper cutting abilities. The detail on Rooster is incredible. The Rosemary is wonderful too.
    It is quite amazing to see your hot pens skills too. Very nice and intricate work :D)

  2. The rooster is beautiful, and I love the rosemary, too. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  3. Fabulous art as always - you are so inspiring always! Happy weekend Indira!

  4. your rooster on the wall is lovely; happy PPF

    MUCH LOVE...

  5. Your art is always delicate and beautiful.
    The Chinese new year started here just now, and there on a street of our capital city is a great happening going on.
    Saw it on TV.
    Your rooster is gorgeous♥
    Happy PPF ��

  6. Lovely pieces of artwork and the illustrated recipe is beautiful~

    Happy PPF!!!


  7. that is a fantastic rooster! I too love rosemary, and your recipe page is beautiful also. Happy PPF!

  8. Beautiful painting and I love the illustration, too! :)

  9. Thanks for the Rooster information. The cutout is amazing as is the herb and recipe art.


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