This year I decided to make my own large-scale nativity scene, I’ve used this process to create life size picture book characters and landscapes and have been asked a few times how I created the pieces.
This time around I decided to put together a set of photos as a brief instruction manual for people if they want to make their own.
For this nativity I used Joel Henriques’ Paper Nativity as it’s a beautiful and simple black and white nativity set, one that works really well on cardboard and I had hoped really well on corflute.
So, here’s the instructions
Sheets of corflute
Good fine brushes
Fine permanent marker
Gloss Finish Spray
Set the projector up in a room where the throw will be enough to fill the sheet of corflute
Use the fine marker to carefully trace the lines of the characters onto the corflute. you don’t need to be too precious as you’ll paint over the lines next. Tip: make sure it’s a fine marker, I’ve made the mistake of using a thicker marker, it’s easier to paint over finer lines…
When you’ve finished tracing apply the acrylic paint over the marker lines and allow to dry. Tip: When you’re doing this make sure you cover the marker lines, the gloss spray often causes markers to smudge/run, so be careful that you’ve covered the lines.
Allow paint to dry
When the paint’s dry spray the piece with some of the gloss finish spray to seal the paint and allow time to dry.
Use the craft knife to cut around the characters. Tip: I place the corflute flat onto a grassed area, cutting up grass is a lot better than cutting up your carpet.
Check out the gallery below for photos of the process.