View Full Version : Russian dolls nativity

11-29-2016, 08:22 AM

a couple of years ago I was making some Russian dolls for my
grandaughter and my students wanted to have a go. I worked in my sketchbook thinking of all sorts of ideas - one was a nativity scene, which I did some designs for but didn't work further on.

So I'd got a couple of differently shaped sets left over and decided to make a start. Here are Mary and Joseph standing on the sketchbook :) Only angel, shepherds, sheep, kings etc to go!

Done in a mix of cp and acrylic, they will be varnished in clear varnish to seal them

11-29-2016, 04:26 PM
Love these very cute dolls and your sketches are always a delight!

Joan T
12-02-2016, 05:46 PM
I remember when you were making them. These are so cute!

12-19-2016, 11:41 AM
Yay yay yay!

12-19-2016, 12:25 PM
That looks fun, and very seasonal! Beautifully done! Love the way you posed them on the sketchbook.

Joan T
12-19-2016, 06:46 PM
I was thinking of you the other day. I was at a holiday market and one of the stalls had Russian dolls...but nothing as nice as this. I'd love to try this. Do you have a place to buy the unpainted dolls?

12-20-2016, 08:15 AM
Hi Joan - yes Amazon or ebay. We bought from both when I was doing them with my class. Just search on Russian Doll blanks and loads come up, very big sets to small and different shapes. I hadn't a clue whether they would even be available when I made the first set and that's what I looked for - couldn't think how else to describe them!

Would love to see what you do with them :)

and thanks for the nice comments everyone :)

01-01-2017, 02:06 PM
Very nice!

01-01-2017, 06:56 PM
Oh wow, didn't realize you not only did the sketches of them, they were planning sketches for painting the dolls. Very cool! They are great. Wonderful idea for a set!

01-02-2017, 09:28 AM
Thanks :)

Yes I've made a few different sets over the years but the nativity is the largest I planned.

my classes came up with fabulous ideas for their projects - the old woman who swallowed the fly, costumes of the major continents, law - police, criminal, judge etc, superheroes - the ideas are endless :>)

01-02-2017, 11:36 AM
Oh sure! I'd probably do a family of cats! Perhaps a family of grumpy cats with their ears pinned back, due to the shape.

01-03-2017, 04:43 AM
:) I've got a cat set that my daughters bought me many years ago as I've always loved cats