Welcome to Create by Es! I love to make stuff. I love to DIY. I love to "wing it." I sometimes just want to share what I made with you, but sometimes I will post tutorials. Whatever I make is usually something that can be done in somewhere between five minutes and a few hours because there are just so many beautiful things to create!
Sunday, November 15, 2015
The reason for the season – Wooden and Watercolor Nativity
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I love Nativities. I have quite a collection of them. In addition to ones made by other artisans, I love to make my own Nativity every year. I try to use a different medium every time. Last year, I used a wood-burning tool on pre-cute wooden doll shapes. This method was quite tedious because I had to move the tool along the wood quite slowly for the hot metal to leave behind the burn imprints. It was also quite unforgiving because you can’t undo or “paint over” a bad burn mark. Also, of course, I was worried about burning my fingers, as I just held each wooden figure in one hand while I burned out the designs with the other hand. However, I had a lot of fun experimenting with a new medium, and overall, was pleased with the results. I made a quick manger out of popsicle sticks. I hope to replace it with something better in the future but it is fitting, given the story of Christ’s birth.
Wood Nativity 2013
The year before, I made a quick sketch, then used watercolor, to paint a nativity that I then cut out and laminated so that they were a set that children could play with without damaging.
This year, I’m helping plan a craft activity for the neighborhood children, that I wanted to center around the Nativity if possible. I think I know what we’re going to do but while I was at the craft store browsing around, I found some cute pieces that just shouted “Nativity” at me – can’t wait to construct this year’s Nativity. I’m thinking … miniature wooden flower pots and wine corks …