Friends, today I am really excited (and a little nervous) to share with you a free printable for Christmas that is very special to me. I’m joining a load of other bloggers for a printable hop hosting by Kristen of Ella Claire Blog, and links to their printables are at the bottom of this post, so please take a look at the beautiful things they created too!
I started out by painting a reindeer…. and while it was nice, I just didn’t love it. I couldn’t put my finger on the *why* exactly, but I decided to abandon the acrylic paint medium and pick up my first love among art mediums– a graphite pencil. I pondered on what this season of Christmas means to me and what I wanted to share, as a gift, with you. It wasn’t long before I decided the most meaningful and thoughtful thing I could give you all, would be an expression of my love for my Savior, through a rendition of the Nativity– a tender moment between Mary and her newborn Son. I know religious art isn’t a popular choice for these printable hops and that is what makes me a little nervous to share this. I don’t want to offend anyone or exclude anyone either. I simply want to share something that brings me joy and that is a huge part of my life. It also is the very heart of the reason we have Christmas, but is often forgotten in the busy-ness.
Drawing people is challenging but has always captivated me. I’m not the best pencil artist out there by any means, but I love when I can capture a moment of realness– of truth. Besides a pencil, I used a blending stick and a kneadable eraser and within a couple hours I created something that I was happy with. I wanted the faces and skin to look soft and more detailed, and the clothing surrounding them to be a little more ‘sketchy’ and less important. When I look at this, I remember that sweet newborn smell, that feeling of wonder and amazement that that little human grew inside you and the miracle that there they are– perfect, breathing, living– completely independent from you. But so completely dependent on your love and nourishment. I can imagine heaven must feel very much like the feeling of holding a newborn babe.
I created a little wreath around the drawing with small olive stems, keeping in mind the significance olive trees have in the scriptures, and their prevalence in Israel.
My vignette is simple, and my original drawing is rather small, but I created a high-res printable version, larger in size than the original, so you can print a quality copy with most any size you want. I think this would be so pretty printed larger and displayed above a piano or buffet, or among a gallery wall or bookcase… It is black and white, so it is very versatile, and it is a gentle reminder of the beauty in Christmas.
I hope you enjoy this coming season of generosity, peace, service, gratitude, and love. I want you to know that while I was drawing this Nativity, I felt so much love– not just for family and friends– but for each of you who support this endeavor of mine. I also felt love for my Father in Heaven, and His Son who was born to a virgin mother, who set the perfect example on how to live, and paid the ultimate sacrifice for me.
If you want to download and print this original drawing, you understand that this is a free gift for personal use only. It is not to be reproduced, copied, or altered in any way for profit or gain.
Here are the two Christmas printables from last year that are more of a ‘wintry’ theme. You are welcome to download and use them as well! Just click on the image to be directed to their post.
As promised here are the other printables in the hop… aren’t they gorgeous?
Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags and Ornaments by Finding Home Farms | Peace on Earth by My Someday in May | Red Barn Gift Tags & Print by Refresh Restyle | Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe Watercolor by Finding Silver Pennies | Merry Christmas Ornament by In My Own Style
Good Tidings Christmas Chalkboard by Live Laugh Rowe | Plaid Christmas Gift Tags by Four Generations One Roof | Vintage Inspired Christmas Favor by Anderson and Grant | Hot Cocoa Bar Sign Printable by Blesser House | Watercolor Paper Flowers by Chronicles of Home
Let it Snow Banner by Happy Happy Nester | Reindeer Games by Clean and Scentsible | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by A Burst of Beautiful | 12 Plaid Reindeer Joy Printables by The Happy Housie | Santa Baby by Kelly Elko
Christmas Tree Farm Poster by Making Home Base | We’ve Got that Holiday Feeling by My Fabuless Life | It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by May Me and Mom | Heaven and Nature Sing by Nest of Posies | Nativity by Shades of Blue Interiors
Make Your Own Christmas Village by Town and Country Living | Madeline’s Christmas by So Much Better with Age | Christmas Gift Tags by TIDBITS | Countdown to Christmas by Unskinny Boppy | Holly Botanical Study Watercolor by Nina Hendrick Design