Friday, 16 December 2011

one inside the other

Just so you know, Matryoshka dolls are Russian dolls made from wood.  They are painted in bright colours and the best thing is that they have a secret; for inside you will find another, smaller doll.  (And maybe inside that, yet another…..)

But before we get to that, we need a background.  A background painted in warm colours.  So let’s get started!  Dip your paintbrush into the red, the yellow or the orange…..


and then decide if you want narrow stripes…..


broad stripes…..


or even no stripes at all.  It’s up to you!  The only important thing is to make sure that there are no white bits showing.

Next comes the tricky bit.  Starting with a template (that’s an outline) in the shape of a Matryoshka doll - and a black marker, you are going to be drawing on the details.  Our doll needs a nice round face…..


with a beaming smile….


and prettily patterned clothes with frills and buttons.  And stripes and wiggles.


Of course she needs to be coloured too.

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And then, when she is done and still smiling,  she needs to be cut out, snippety snip.

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There!  How does she look?


Finally (or almost finally) she needs to be stuck on our background painted in warm colours.


Oh – I did mention her secret earlier didn’t I?


Another smaller doll….








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