Nativity crib

Nativity crib

I am making a Nativity crib with water, watercolor, pastels and paper. I took some scrapped paper from the recycle bucket, and some painting tools I have, to do this.

materials

materials

You can make one too. By tearing paper into tiny pieces and mixing it with a bit of water in the mixer, or if you don’t have a mixer tearing it a little more with your hands or some other tool. Then add water, not much, only a bit, and mash it to make a dough.

paper dough

paper dough

I use the cupcake cups to put the figurines into them and make it easier to move them, because I make them really small, and while the paper dough is still wet it is easy to break them because they are not strong enough. My Jesus baby is half the size of my little finger nail, so tiny!

family figurines

family figurines

Once you have mixed the water and paper into a dough, mould it with your hands or any other method of your choice to the size and shape you want the figurines to be.

kings figurines

kings figurines

I make them small because I don’t have much space to put big scale figurines, and this way I can fit it all into a little rectangle, but if you have a lot of space you can scale to any size (well… I mean as long as you do not need your neighbor’s house to set it all 🙂 ).

drying portal

drying portal

It is not finished yet, it needs some time for it to dry completely. You will see the cardboard bend while being painted with watercolor, put some weight on the free surface to settle it down. Once the figurines are dry you can paint them the color of your choice.

Personally speaking, I will not paint them in green!

You know? It is not easy being green, and I do not wish to make their lives difficult.

(Finished nativity crib).

Crib 2014 December 05

Crib 2014 December 05

Acerca de María Cristina Alonso Cuervo

I am a teacher of English who started to write this blog in May 2014. In the column on the right I included some useful links and widgets Italian is another section of my blog which I called 'Cornice Italiana'. There are various tags and categories you can pick from. I also paint, compose, and play music, I always liked science, nature, arts, language... and other subjects which you can come across while reading my posts. Best regards.
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