When your babies are home with you, there's nothing more special than doing a Christ-centered Christmas. I wanted to give you some resources today for Christmas art for children that does remember to put the focus on HIM. We painted this precious nativity this year and I wanted to share it with you! So I've explained the DIY steps for making your art a success. Remember, it's not going to be perfect! Mine's not. When working with paint and children, relax and go with it! It's important to them that you're spending quality time with them above all. Ready to DIY?
DIY Nativity Art: I found this cute idea on Munchkin Time, and I love painting, so I decided we'd give it a try. The most wonderful thing about art is that even though we can make a piece similar to another, it would ultimately end up being our own as no two paintings are exactly alike!
Canvas- size of your choice. (Bigger kids' feet need a bigger canvas.) :)
Acrylic paints (Children's tempera paint might work as well, though I haven't tired that.)
Varitey of small brushes
A blow dryer
A picture of the art to refer to
*The key to painting successfully is to dry completely between layers IF you don't intend to blend. I like to blend a little. For more information on using acrylics, visit ART IS FUN.
1. Let your children pain the sky. It should be a deep blue for night and should cover over half way down the canvas.
2. Take a paper towel - slighlty damp- and brush away a semi-circle in the middle. That will create a sort of focus of light over the manger.
3. Use a large fan brush or plastic fork for the ground. Using a golden brown shade first, then drying with the blow dryer and going back over with a lighter golden yellow will add depth to the ground area.
4. Dry paint with the blower dryer and then add footprints for Joseph and Mary's kneeling bodies. (Bigger kids = bigger canvas) *You can chose to use a more washable tempera paint for their feet. I let my children pick their colors. Brush the paint liberally over the bottom of their feet. Then stamp directly and carefully upside down on the canvas so that the inner part of the foot faces the manger which will create a look that Mary and Joseph are peering over it. Wash feet immediately with soap. Dry completely with a blow dryer.
5. Mix paint to get a desired skin color and add heads to the heels of the footprints. Dry completely; then add head dressings. It's important to wipe and wash the paint off the brush throughoughly between uses.
6. Add the wooden stable frame and layer with black lines to add depth after drying completely.
7. Add the manger box by painting a short rectangle with a brown shade and complete with the x for the stand. Add golden hay at the top of the rectangle, reaching over the rectangle as if hay were hanging down. Go back and layer with black lines to add depth.
8. Add Baby Jesus's head as a small semi-circle at the top of the hay.
You're finished! Now you have a beautiful keepsake you and your children, or maybe mostly you, can treasure year after year!
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