papemelroti nativity “Belen”
A lot of people / families depend on papemelroti (manufacturing / home and decor shops) for a living. One of them is a carver who does these wonderful belens (nativity sets) for us. My task is to give them a new look, a fresh coat of paint (literally and figuratively)!
I wanted a bit more contemporary look, a more minimalist kind of belen. I used a sponge instead of a brush to “color” the belen. I made sure the paint (acrylic) was thick instead of it being “watery”. The carving is highlighted because the raised areas were white and the carved crevices were natural wood.
As in a lot of figures, it is the face (and eyes) that hold much of the figures character. I had to do a bit of thinking of how i wanted to create the face. There are so many ways to draw and create eyes! In the end, I decided to maintain the “minimalist look” – i used the most simple of figures: dots as eyes! I kept the face very graphic with only one color. I hope that this belen (even if small: height is around 6inches) brings a bit of sophistication and elegance with it’s minimalist look! A Blessed Christmas to all!