M.F.A.A.M.L. (My Feeble Attempt at making Lladro)

I can’t imagine writing about my work at papemelroti and Lladro in one blog entry! But hey, it’s my blog and who’s going to stop me?

We all know that Lladro is the amazing and world famous Spanish company that creates these fantastic and beautiful art / figurines. And there’s papemelroti based in the Philippines with me and my sisters creating “things”.

Let me begin by telling you how things go at papemelroti (at least in this instance). My sister Patsy tells me, Robert, we need more “Belens” (nativity scenes). I then start thinking about how I would like my “Belen” would look like. Get ready now, here is where Lladro comes in.

I would like my “Belen” to look like something from “Lladro”! Yes, I know it’s a long shot but you know the saying, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

I start drawing the Belen. Here is the drawing of the lamb.
I visualize the Belen as classic but contemporary. In the drawing, the eyes are more elaborate but I decided to make them much more “simple” – the eyes ended up as “dots”.

The working drawing is made on Manila paper (same size) and is to be given to a carver / supplier we know. This is the “working drawing” of the two kings.


The Philippines has AMAZING talent – I wouldn’t be able to do this project without this carver and his incredible talent!!!!!

Fast forward and after a few alterations (supplier would show me preliminary carvings made of plaster), i have the original carvings made into resin (this is done with a mold). The actual product will be made of resin.


Now that I have the (approved) resin figures, I will now have to paint them. This will serve as “samples” for production (I myself don’t paint all the figurines sold at papemelroti).

I start with a very pale gray coat (I use acrylic). I will also use a sponge to apply a “dry brush” technique.

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I start painting the flesh tones.

Papemelroti has a production workshop that involves producing molds / plaster production / painting & finishing / carpentry etc. etc.. We also have a lot of suppliers who produce products for us (with our supervision). Would you (or do you know of anyone) want to be a “supplier” of papemelroti? Contact us. I digress.

Getting back to my “Belen” – here is where my feeble attempt (at Lladro) comes in: I COPY (gasp!) the colour scheme of Lladro. I use acrylic paint. The brush is a very inexpensive (but very good) brush from National Bookstore.

Dry brush technique using a sponge.

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Some of the figurines of Lladro, have this pale bluish and pale pastel colour pallet. And this is as much as I can do at my feeble attempt at making Lladro.

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I think it turned out pretty well. I am actually very happy about it. It isn’t a Lladro – it’s a Robert Alejandro! :-)

A Blessed Christmas season to all!

If you’d like to have this Belen, drop by any papemelroti branch (do make a call first to make sure they have it in stock) or click here.

    Monday, December 9th, 2013

    One Comment

    1. Sana Sta. Ana
      Posted December 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      My mom always wanted to buy a Lladro in her travels in Spain but my dad never allowed her! It was too heavy and expensive! i myself was never fond of it since i find them too delicate and “untouchable.” Your Robert ale – Lladro has that warm , fuzzy feeling, and simplicity so apt for a Creche/ Nativity Set!

      I hope your next nativity design is a Filipiniana Belen . I saw one designed by Ann Alcantara of La Pomme. so lovely complete with putobumbong / bibingka vendors!

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