Continuing with the post on "Personalising a Kendama", here's another way to make your kendama one of a kind! I just took out some acrylic paint and just went with the flow... faces for each of the cups of the kendama. What do you think?
Kendamas are all the rage now amongst students. What IS a Kendama, you say? It's a traditional Japanese toy made of wood! Our first close-up encounter with a kendama was a small one that Big One got as a Children's Day's gift from his teacher. Big One practiced really hard and seemed really serious about it, so we got a bigger, more standard size kendama soon after. The price difference between the plain ones (raw wood handle + black ball) and the fancy ones (think lightning paint effects or Spiderman mask on the ball) was about $10-$20! Fortunately Big One was convinced that the plain one was sufficient and Mummy promised to personalise it for him.
First off, let's imprint some initials on the plain black ball! I did this using masking tape as the "stencil":
Masking tape "stencil"
Then, with a silver inkpad, dab on the silver!
I happened to have some varnish on hand and gave this 2 coats of it, letting it dry completely in between and there you are, a simple way to personalise your kendamas! These were made as gifts: