Antique Nativity

Antique Nativity

Our 10 piece resin Nativity Set looks a bit intimidating, but you don’t have to paint every detail in a different color. With only 5 paint colors, I painted this nativity in no time at all. Even a beginning painter can accomplish this look with minimal issues, if any at all. This painted up fairly quickly, so you could paint one for you and one for a friend. This was so much fun and I love how the antiquing medium really settles into the folds of the robes and rough details of each piece giving it a shaded and vintage look.

Here is what you will need:

Nativity Set – Set of 10

DecoArt Americana:
Light Buttermilk
Raw Sienna
Burnt Umber

DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallics:

DecoArt Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray
DecoArt Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray
DecoArt Staining & Antiquing Medium
Soft rags or paper towels
Gloves if you prefer

Start by painting every piece with Light Buttermilk. This may take two coats to get the complete coverage, but if it isn’t perfect that is okay because it will be hidden by the antiquing medium in the last step. When the Light Buttermilk basecoat is completely dry, it is time to start painting your other colors. Paint all of the faces, hands, feet, and the body of baby Jesus with Mocha. Let dry. Paint all of the hair, beards and the straw roof of the stable with Raw Sienna and let dry. Paint the crowns, gifts, and the halo on the angel with Bronze.

Make sure to let this dry. Then spray with a light coat of the Sealer Finisher Matte Spray.

Mix Burnt Umber and the Staining & Antiquing Medium according to the directions on the back of the bottle. You will need quite a bit to cover all of the pieces. Begin by brushing the mixture onto your first piece, making sure to get in all of the deep grooves and folds. Take your soft cloth or paper towel and gently rub off an excess mixture where you don’t want it to be. Work one piece at a time and continue till all of your pieces are antiqued to your liking. After antiquing, I usually let the pieces dry over night to make sure they are good and dry. Then finish with a coat of Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray.

See, wasn’t that pretty simple? Now you have a beautiful nativity to display in your home this holiday season.

Happy Painting!

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