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Two new paintings - Autumn leaves.JPG
A couple of new paintings of Autumn scenes. I have two more to do and then our Jodi gets to pick one as part of a swap deal. She's building me a fabulous sink for the San Franciscan's basement and she gets an Autumn painting of her choosing in return.
The first one is my interpretation of this painting tutorial and the second one is my hilarious attempt at trying to reproduce this painting from the 30 second clip in the video.. lol.. There was a lot of hitting the pause button and a few magic words for good measure. It didn't really turn out like the original which I prefer.. but I'm still happy with it.
Painted a lighthouse. Really enjoyed this one, though it fought me all the way to the end. I had to stop several times and come back to it.. I lost my mini painting mojo for a minute there... Managed to salvage it though, I think..... still haven't cleaned my house!... Cleaning today.. no painting.
Barn by the Road.JPG
Back to barns.. at least it's not red this time... I moved away from Jane Font today and tried out another artist, Kevin Hill.. He doesn't give much instruction... his videos last about 15-20mins when Janes are over an hour.. But I just muddled through and tried to copy his technique.. This painting is meant to be done in oils.. but I just went for it with acrylics.. I really need to get better brushes and paint.. it would make life so much easier.. still having fun though.
Painting on Canvas for miniaturists
Hey all! I know I've been MIA for a very long time, but, well, it's too much to go into. Physically I'm still having problems and not able to do much of anything, least of all my minis, but there's been one thing keeping me sane.....I'm learning how to paint on canvas. <wry grin> All it requires is one hand and that's about all I've got left in the way of working parts, so it's my creative outlet. The artist I follow is Jane Font, who provides free video tutorials on You Tube under the name "Painting With Jane". Jane's a sweetheart and her teaching skills are so excellent that even on a bad brain day, I can easily follow along. She makes it all simple with step by step instructions.
The reason I popped in is because this morning Jane released a surprise video............how to paint a micro miniature canvas! Well, technically, it's more like 1:12/1:24/1:48 depending on where you hang it, but at 3/4" x 5/8", it could be a sofa sized painting for a micro mini.
I know that one of the biggest complaints we have as miniaturists is finding affordable art work for the walls of our dollhouses so when Jane released this, I begged her for more of this size! Trust me, this is so simple that anyone can do it and you don't need to be able to draw or have the slightest bit of painting ability. Just follow along and it comes out gorgeous! She's using acrylic paints for this one, but you can use craft paints just as easily and we all have tiny brushes right at our fingertips, so give it a try! You can paint it on cardstock, or you can get little 3x3 canvases at walmart and simply cut out the size you want. I can't recommend this too highly because it's simple and easy and you can make gorgeous paintings for your dollhouses without spending a fortune!
Here's the link for Jane's mini "Golden Hour" sunset painting. I have the life size version of this on my easel now so it was fun to just knock out the mini version in about ten minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Wc-hH9hLk&feature=push-u-sub&attr_tag=o87GMCQ1cJ2pnGkY-6 Hit like and subscribe so you don't miss any new ones she releases. I was talking to Jane this morning and she said that if there's a big enough demand for it, she'll do more. :-)
Hugs and hugs and hugs to you all! I love and miss you more than you know!
I'm working on the Orchid (TMF) my first house in 31 years. I was thinking about putting the bottom partition in so that the kitchen is on the left. I thought about extending the bay window in for a small table. For those of you who've done this house, would that work?(i.e. proper height)
I really don't want to put printed wallpaper on all of the interior walls, and I've heard that you shouldn't paint them, so can I put up solid color cardstock instead?
I'd read some posts about scoring the floor and staining to look like floor planks, but my shell is already together. Could I make floor planks with craft (popsicle) sticks?
I'm having a hard time sanding the edges of pieces to get them really smooth. They seem to be rough no matter what I do, and on some of the narrow trim pieces, some of the back layer has actually fallen off. Am I doing something wrong?