Friday Two Cents: My Nativity Project


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Usually the Christmas season is a very creative time for me. I typically have one or two different creative projects in the works and this year is no different.

When I went to Québec this summer I saw many things that inspired me in many different ways. My friend’s family showed me a few things that they do in their town during the Christmas season that inspired me. I saw that they created their own decorations for their homes and a local parade in which they create their own floats. This was amazing to see, not just for their beauty but also for the fact that many were centred on the original meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. Seeing all this, I got inspired to create my own nativity scene for the front of my home.
I have a nativity scene in my house but I would love to create one for the outside. I see people put out scary things for Halloween but many only put out Christmas lights and a few decorations, yet nothing on the true meaning of Christmas. So I decided to create my own nativity scene in my own style.
I studied art and I knew how Michelangelo created his frescos, so I took inspiration for his technic and began my nativity project. I first drew out my characters for the scene and then redrew them in the computer to create larger versions with more details. I then printed out the characters on large 11”x 17” sheets. I got a piece of ¼” plywood, cut the piece I needed and then primed it with white acrylic paint. Then, in the style of Michelangelo, I rubbed some charcoal on the back of the sheets so when I redraw the images on the wood, the image will be transferred onto the wood. Once all the images are redrawn on the plywood it is only a matter of painting the characters.
It took me about three weeks to complete the project yet there are a lot of images I took of the entire process. I will post some images in the next couple of posts to give an you all an idea on each stage of the project. For now, I hope you enjoy the first few stages of the creation of my Nativity Scene Project.
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