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      Micro-Mark Discount code for IGMA   01/29/2017

      Great News for miniature artists!!!! In support of IGMA and the world of fine miniatures,  Micro-Mark the small tool specialists, have offered IGMA a 10% discount on all their purchases.  Buyer gets 10% off all purchases and in support of the Guild Micro-Mark will donate 5% of your purchased price to IGMA Be sure to enter Promo code IGMASAVE16 www.micromark.com Can be used on sale merchandise, but cannot be combined with another offer.  For example if an item is in the close-out section on the Micromark website, the discount will apply. If they discount some items in an email (a special promotion) the 10% will not be able to be combined with that offer.  Time to go shopping!!!      

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  1. 2 points
    The hardest part of being a miniaturist is deciding which details to leave out and let the mind's eye fill in the blanks. The artist gets to decide on the details you omit, and as you indicated, Van Gogh didn't give the guy feet under the table!
  2. 1 point
    I like your more impressionistic frame better than the full size one. Suits the painting more.
  3. 1 point
    Go for it! Join the class, learn to center on the wheel (first big hurdle) and THEN tell them you want to throw "off the hump". The instructor can certainly help you with that, and then you can develop your own techniques for working in miniature little by little. You can throw off the hump eventually on the mini as well as big wheel. (When the time comes, I will be glad to coach you by email with some of the techniques I developed over the years.) I belong to a coop studio here in New Bern, and I'm the only one working in miniature (except for another gal who creates wonderful whimsical hand built clay minis of historical houses in town). The coop members are ALWAYS fascinated by my tiny pots and the details on the clay houses...there is just something about minis that is super fascinating. You can use either the full sized wheel or the mini wheel. (I used a mini wheel when I taught at Castine but use the big wheel almost exclusively in the studio. I recently used two mini wheels for a demo at a pottery show, one for white clay, the other for red.) And when your pottery instructor demonstrates wheel techniques, think small: think about replacing the hand with the finger and the potter's rib with a wooden sculptural tool when you go about trying the minis. And if the instructor shakes her head at your interest in making minis, just show her some photos of what other miniaturist potters are doing! I heartily applaud your desire to make minis instead of collecting more full scale antiques. There comes a time when there just isn't any more space in a home for accumulating big things! (Many years ago I miniaturized an entire collection of decorated stoneware for an elderly man who had to move to a small apartment, and lots of decorated stoneware collectors over the years have requested minis of their favorite pieces...in case they ended up selling the originals.) I wish you well with your new interest and hope you will keep in touch. Miniaturist potters like me are aging, and we will need fresh blood to take our places one day. Besides, it's such a heckuva lot of fun!!!
  4. 1 point
    That guy never tried to paint it - especially in miniature. So I think the insight prize goes to you.
  5. 1 point
    I’ve finally gotten around to working on the frame some more. I’m not a wood carver but I’m doing my best..
  6. 1 point
    Congrats on your wee little pup...I know it will be a nice addition to a mini scene.
  7. 1 point
    Wow that is beautiful! I didn't know felting could look so realistic and well I am in awe. Great job!
  8. 1 point
    The painting looks much different when it doesn't measure 8" x 7.25" on my computer screen... Many forms of Art are an acquired taste for our families...our adult sons have accepted that I may have a few loose marbles, with the amount of time I spend stitching something that is roughly 8.5" x 11", 1-2 years of evenings and weekends... but it makes me happy, and keeps me from showing up at city council meetings and asking pointed questions, like why we spent money on that weird sculpture that we call "art". Yes, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder for our families; I like Art that affects emotion, both "I love the piece" or "good grief, how did this painting get in this very respectable museum?" Both are fun experiences. The most important aspect of Fine Art is that it touches the soul of the collector... I like your painting!
  9. 1 point
    This picture is just to give some idea of scale. Thank you to the nice comments and interest. I enjoy being able to share, because otherwise it’s just my wife and son looking at it and for them these paintings are a dime a dozen. Neither of them particularly appreciates Van Gogh anyway (lol)
  10. 1 point
    Just 14" of space? that is wonderful. Now I am hopeful! The windows are amazing!
  11. 1 point
    Hi WeekendMiniaturist, Many a cold winter day I have had my hot chocolate while warming myself next to my kiln. All you need is 14 inches space all around your kiln and it will be OK. You do NOT need a big kiln. Some of the smaller kilns use a regular household plug. The slightly bigger ones like mine use a large dryer plug. I had my kiln in the laundry room and would just switch the plug out with the dryer. You can find them often on Craigslist. Sometimes you can get a bargain. Kilns are tough. Not much goes wrong with them and they are easy to repair. I fire the glass paints and enamels at a cone 022. Around 1087 degrees F.
  12. 1 point
    The finished windows. To be shipped on Monday morning.
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    I have never seen this in miniature before; amazing! I lam looking forward to the application of the enamels. What temperature do you fire your enamels (at?), and what is your current favorite kiln. I have been avoiding the kiln conversation; as it is cold here in the winter, I have cars in my garage, and I do not know where to put a kiln... without adding another whole section to the house... you know that kiln that resulted in a multi-story addition to our home...
  15. 1 point
    Not a lot has changed from the Renaissance period when it comes to making painted stained glass windows. One thing would be that you can plug in the soldering iron instead of heating it over coals. Progress on the miniature windows. Fine line work and shading are done. On to the enamels.
  16. 1 point
    If I could go back in time, I would want to see the Rugs in France and and the flemish Tapestries on the looms... but during the Renaissance period, it would be fun to see the tools they used, and to see how Stained Glass windows were made for Churches or grand Castles...I am guessing that this kind of work was done by Men. I wonder if any ladies of the court were allowed in the work rooms. A couple of years ago, I read that famous tool maker Holtzappfel allowed his daughter to use a lathe, and this revelation as of now, is my only find of a woman using any tools... that were not meant for cooking or needlework. (Although Holtzappfel's lathes were made for Kings and wealthy Lords.) I am happy to be living in this period of time!
  17. 1 point
    It is magic! Chairs have appeared! I really appreciate the lighting in this picture, and with my one painting experience, understanding the effect you want and getting a paint brush, hand and mixture of paint to behave, can be very challenging for me.
  18. 1 point
    Yesterday, pre-registration was due, and referencing our membership email the photos are up for 2018! I know there are at least 12 classes at the top of my list! Here is a link for your viewing pleasure. http://www.igma.org/guild_school/2018/48_hour_classes.html When you break it down, and look at the fact that shared dorm room accommodations and meals are included, and you add a priceless week of creating miniatures with friends and learning from some of the finest miniature artisans - it is in an incredible value! Need answers on a roadblock that is impeding your scale modeling success?? This is the event to attend!
  19. 1 point
    This was the fair. https://www.saffsite.org/ AND... the pony got a second place in his division.
  20. 1 point
    Had to do a 1/12 scale black scared Halloween cat. She is entirely felted including the eyes, tongue and teeth.
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  22. 1 point
    Here is a dwarf rabbit Rex 1:12 Find our creations on latelierdunain.com
  23. 1 point
    A pin routed piece is only as good as the jig you made by hand, it just helps you to duplicate parts and there are often lots of hand work that one still needs to do, so I still consider it handmade.
  24. 1 point
    Hi from England, Here are my latest 2.I have used hand cut flock for the bulldog. some artists say this is a easier method but i find it takes much more time as extra detail to muscles and wrinkles is needed to emphasize them and not to mention the time taken to cut the flock to a fine consistency! Would love to know from any other animal artists if there is a "finishing spray" available on the market that preserves furred miniatures. kind regards julie
  25. 1 point
    Here's another furred hand carved cat whoops the pillow is going the wrong way
  26. 1 point
    Hi from England, Here is my latest creation "Spencer",being disturbed from his nap by "Pepper" I got the pose idea from my own spaniel who has her own chair in my workshop and regularly gets disturbed by our slightly miffed 18 yr old cat (quite grumpy now in his old age!) hope you like them Julie
  27. 1 point
    Pictured below are two paintings I've done using Genesis heat set oil paints. I was fortunate to learn to paint at the Guild School in 2010, in two classes from the very talented and patient Jeff Wilkerson. We learned a seascape in one class and TWO English landscapes in the second one. Jeff made it a wonderful learning experience. I had been trying to paint a landscape for the longest time, and never could figure out what I was doing wrong. Jeff broke it down for us, telling us to paint the broad background areas as if we were just painting the side of a house. When we switched to smaller brushes, he told us it was like painting the trim of the house! The beauty of these paints is that they operate like oil paints but you dry them between each step with a heat gun, which literally cooks the paint within a minute on a tiny canvas. Genius, Genesis! The pictures are of the coast of Lake Michigan from north of Milwaukee Wisconsin, and one that is a commissioned piece. The lake painting is based on a photo I took, and the second one is taken from the emailed photo of the original painting, which is set behind the miniature. Enjoy!
  28. 1 point
    Josje, I wanted to add an alternative way of creating miniature canvasses for your next painting project. I learned this from Barbara Stanton at Guild School years ago and have been very pleased with the results. Barbara mounts silk on heavy artists paper with a spray adhesive and then adds several fine coats of gesso to the surface. The weave of the fabric is in scale and as she pointed out paintings on silk have lasted hundreds of years in the orient. Since that class I have discovered a paper imbued with an epoxy resin which I think is called a multi media board. It has the advantage of being rigid, not warping, light weight and easy to cut. I think it would make a good base as well…. with or without the silk. I haven't experimented with the silk on that backing yet.
  29. 1 point
    You have to make your own canvas. We used poster board cut in small 'canvases' and glued with Elmer's glue to thin, 1/32" plywood. Let the glue dry. Then you paint a couple of coats of gesso on the paper to give it texture. Once it's dried you can go ahead a paint. This is MUCH more in scale than using heavier paper or canvas. I've seen lovely paintings in miniature done on regular canvas, and all you see it the canvas texture, which is HUGE. I make several canvases at a time and let them dry, so I'm all set when I want to paint. We also sanded the painting a little at first, to eliminate bumps or rough spots in the paint. I do that occasionally but it's not always necessary.