Painting on a flag

In Nepal and Tibet prayer flags are seen flapping in the wind, both in the city and country side. The flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom, they do not carry prayers to gods. It is believed the energy of prayers or mantras are blown in the wind and will bring joy, happiness and good health to all who see them as well as their families, loved ones, neighbors, and all people throughout the world. In Tibet they believe the prayers are blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion bringing benefits to all.

The best time to put up new prayer flags are in the mornings on sunny, windy days. Old prayer flags are replaced with new ones annually.

Prayer Flags come in sets of five colors – representing the five elements and are arranged from left to right in a specific order, starting with the blue on the left.

Blue symbolizes sky/space, white symbolizes air/wind, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth. 

The sight of the flags seem to uplift the environment they are in and bring joy to those that see them. They really have a beautiful effect on the surroundings.


I think that was the inspiration behind the idea of EveryOneCounts and the latest Art Exhibition against Human Trafficking. I have participated with this organization before in 2010 and I’m glad to have completed two little flags for this year’s exhibition. It sounded strange at first when I read the artist brief but the more I look at pictures of these prayer flags in Tibet or Nepal and the significance they have in their country of origin the more I like the idea of paintings on prayer flags.


Imagine these could be flapping in the wind, and the prayer flags we are painting will bring about lots beauty, smiles, joy, funds and much-needed AWARENESS for Human Trafficking.

If you can’t paint something, or embroider then go on to the website and buy a flag. Its only R400.00 or 45 USD or 35 EURO. Your contribution could possibly save someone’s life.

Grand Opening of the exhibition is August 2013!

Come on buy a flag!

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