Russian nesting dolls are the perfect toy play companions for your child as well as a home-collectible that could transform your home to an art haven. Nesting Babushka dolls are a must-have for any Russian household as well as an art enthusiast. Purchasing nesting dolls is quite common and there are many thousands of unique and interesting nesting dolls available. However, if you want a nesting doll that can become a family heirloom, you can consider making your own nesting dolls from scratch. How can you make a babushka dolls? It is not that hard and this short article is designed to get you started by outlining the basics of how to make a nesting doll yourself.
One of the first decisions you will make will be if you prefer using wood or gourds. Shaping wood is a little tricky but the wood will last a lifetime. Gourds on the other hand are extremely easy to shape and a good way to develop and practice your skills. Blank Do-It-Yourself nesting dolls are available online or from cultural stores. Utilizing blank (unpainted) nesting dolls is the easiest way to get going on creating a truly unique family gift. Gourds are also easily available from farmers and stores.
Cut and Clean your Gourds
Whether you choose a blank nesting doll or gourd, the painting process is fundamentally the same. However, using gourds takes some extra work. You have to cut and clean the gourds. Smaller gourds are easier to cut and clean so the best to see. Cut the gourd in half like nests to give the stomach and groin area impression as well as ease cleaning. After cleaning, use a masking tape to stick them back to place.
Draw the Paint Outline
Draw the paint outline if the robe with the colour of your choice, though red us preferred by many. Making your own babushka gives you the chance of dressing it. Apply a second coat once the first one is dry. Note that it is important to not paint the facade area-the face and stomach area, which is to be decorated. Use your pencil to carefully design your doll on the surfaces that were previously left out. Colored pencils allow for correction when you make drawing mistakes and if you do not have any own designs, the internet is a perfect place where you can get and borrow all sorts if ideas.
Water based paint, tempura paint or acrylic paint all are quite common. Water based paints dry quickly and are easy to clean up hence water based paints are a good choice to start work on your own nesting doll.
It is important and easy to work with one colour at a time. Only begin a different one once the previous colour scheme dries up. This helps you avoid smearing of the paint.
Acrylic paint can be combined with a watercolor base paint. It also allows for further decorations of the actual painting once dry. So it is suitable for this type if art. The face is an important since is confers expressions. Matryoshka ought to be always smiling especially with the eyes. You must therefore seek guidance from an experienced person or facial expert who can paint. You do not want a frowning face but a smiling face with kind eyes. Matryoshka dolls are like fairy tales, pretty and sweet.
Wood Matryoshka are the easiest to decorate as you can simply pierce the body and insert the decoration and addition of your choice. To give the complete look, besting dolls should be accompanied with decorations like baskets, scythes, bunches if flowers and old men with pipes. Most nesting dolls are depictions of merchants, monks and pilgrims an only. The decoration also depends on the type of doll.
If you wish to make a wedding gift, fabric is best for this. You can stick and glue fabric to give the hair and clothing impression. Gourd dolls as well as wood dolls are all accommodating to this type of decoration.
Housewarming dolls are mostly dependent on the colour scheme.
Collectibles should be different from each other and allow for wide experimentation. Sea shells are good for this especially for dolls wearing fur coats.
Nesting dolls are also especially beautiful when tiny sea shells are glued around the belly to hide and conceal the cutting previously made when cleaning the gourd. You can also transpose photos of your family and loved ones and create a custom Matryoshka family. Create a nesting doll for your loved ones and surprise them with a truly great gift that they could never have anticipated or expected.