Sri Lanka Card Project

April 20th, 2015 BLOG- Under the Sea Mural – Time-Lapse video

we went from this …

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to this ..

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March 31st, 2015 BLOG – Cinema Trip

After all that painting …

From the money raised from the sale of the Small Steps cards this year so far, as well as doing the new mural and re-stocking the dry food rations we were able to take all the boys to the cinema to see Maharaja Gamu (with snacks), we filled a whole cinema! Also money raised went to contribute towards new building work supplies, and to print more cards..

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building supplies for this new development at the front of the home

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March 27th, 2015 BLOG- Under the sea mural

The mural is finally coming together , just adding last touches

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Before they turn the brush on themselves …..

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resulting in some grubby faces

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and very pretty toes


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March 24th, 2015 BLOG- New mural paint starting

We are working on a new mural in part of the Sri Jinananda Home in Wellawatta

This is the wall we have been given to work with …..



After a base coat in shades of blues, every one gets to work drawing the fish and sea creatures of their choice



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And then the colours go on…and on…and on…

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February 2nd, 2014 BLOG- New greeting cards on the way!

We have been busy making new cards called the Small Steps series.

They will be the kids drawings framed in their own foot prints. So after a few very mess sessions with Jonathan along to help out, we will select 6  pictures in the end to  make a small pack of blank cards, heres a taster of whats to come…

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December 4th, 2012 BLOG- theres is a handful of xmas cards left from last years designs on special offer , just let us know how many you want and donate as much as you like

Email me to say how many you would like and your address , and then donate to the children at the home by pressing the donate button , or if you would rather make a BACS transfer let me know in your email and i will send you the details

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February 10th, 2012 BLOG- Finished artwork and exhibition

TA DA! The  finished pieces – in the end  boys aged 9- 16 had had a go as the younger ones were so keen to get involved we didn’t have the heart to stop them .

We will be choosing 4 of the 15/16 year olds to take part in a weekly workshop to develop their new found skill . Then look for projects and commissions to hopefully  provide them with some training and income in the future .

We are currently partnering with tile companies and cafes to recycle their waste beautifully , please get in touch if you have any ideas on this or would like to get involved –  thanks for watching :)




garden decorations , coasters , hotplates and upcyled curd pots



All set up  , the boys admired their artwork , and we had our first guest of honour, Chandrani the head of the home  and one of the young monks documents the work



Big thank you to Mihiri, Lino, Lara an Leslie for all your amazingness !!

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February 9th, 2012 BLOG- setting up the exhibition

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February 3rd, 2012 BLOG- day 6 – finishing off


Today we manically worked finishing off as much as possible to have it ready to prepare our exhibition on Saturday ! I only managed one picture as I was up to my eyes in grout, but there are some gorgeous coasters , pots and mirrors and hotplate type things coming along. I think we are all seeing mosaics in our sleep now . Please come to the exhibition if you can, Saturday the 4th of Feb  if you are around colombo the address is  No1, Dharmarama Road, Wellewatte , its the Temple opposite the savoy theater, there will be lots of smiley faces who would be over the moon to see you and show off their work

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February 3rd, 2012 BLOG- 5th day on mosaics

we came up with a cunning plan to distract the little ones to young to mosaic out of the workshop , Gave them a pot of paint and let them restore the old mural we did a few years ago that was looking a bit tired. Then we started experimenting with different items , like baubles and cold curd pots while Mirihi mastered grouting 

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February 1st, 2012 BLOG- TA DA!


Some beautiful finished and nearly finished mosaics :)

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January 31st, 2012 BLOG- Mosaic project day 3

After Lots of hicups , a second cow, loosing my sock to the cause (turns out it socks make good grout cleaners apparently) and some very dodgy instructions from me as I discover my cave woman Sinhala speaking skills do not extend to grouting methods. We some how miraculously ended up with things which are starting to resemble (almost) finished mosaics….

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January 29th, 2012 BLOG- 2nd day of mosaic-ing


2nd day of the project went really well . I arrived at our usual start time of 3 pm, to find the boys had been hard at work scince 11 am! i guess they are enjoying it :)  we have some beautiful things coming along , here is a little taster

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January 27th, 2012 First day of mosaic project

Yesterday we started the mosaic project , arriving at our designated  work space which smelt suspiciously of cow pat!

.. but in no time at all an enthusiastic bunch of helpers came to help clean up


 Then the boys got on designing their mosaics in our lovely clean open air studio

   …they put Mihiri  straight to work cutting tiles to size and colour specifications, at this rate she will have one giant arm by next week

They got the hang of it quickly coming up with beautiful designs and started to gather a crowd…


… the older boys who had
originally  been reluctant  started to get involved too


Even the offending cow popped by to undo our good work from earlier …NOOOooo!

After a fantastic and messy first session there was lots to show for it … lets just see if still there in one piece today..


 I want to give a MASSIVE thanks to Leslie and Suzy and Lara for thier help and lending us the stuff to get the project started.
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January 26th, 2012 Mosaic Project Blog

The mosaic project is a creative recyling project we are working on to recycle waste materilas such as -tiles, mirror, glass, bottle tops, badges , anything we can really,  to create beautiful things and a chance to earn some money for the older boys living in the Sri Jinananda childrens home.

We will be blogging our progress as we go , if you feel you can contribute in any way , with materials, old furniture, or you want to come and join in please let us know.

Wish us luck !!

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