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)!

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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.

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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!

    Monday, November 11th, 2013

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