You Don't Need Talent... Just Imagination.
If you've been putting off making miniature artwork because
you don't have artistic talent... you've just run out of excuses.
Now, using common objects found around your house, and a
little imagination, you can make embossed artwork, wallpapers,
ceiling fan medallions, and watercolor paintings that rival
store bought creations.
Drawing from her experience as full size and miniature watercolor
artist, Cynthia Eastman-Roan demonstrates how something as
common as a button can be used to create artwork to decorate
your miniature house. Her techniques are featured in "Embossed
Watercolor Paining With Cynthia Eastman-Roan", Volume 7 of
The Master Miniaturists Video Instructional Series. This multi-part
series features expert instruction by some of the country's
top miniature artisans.
"You don't need any special talent to do this," she assures
while tracing a button around a piece of art paper. "So don't
be intimidated." Within minutes her `button technique' transforms
that tracing into a beautifully finished painting. And once
you've mastered this technique, you can use larger buttons
to make medallions for your miniature ceiling fans. Cynthia
offers tips that are practical and easy to apply. For example,
she says paper should be wet during the initial stages of
embossing, because it's easier to manipulate. But it must
be completely dry before painting. "If the paper is cool,
it's still wet" says Cynthia. "But don't use a hairdryer to
speed up the process. This will dry the outside of the paper,
but the core will still be wet. Just let it dry naturally."
For larger embossed projects, such as wallpaper and larger
paintings, etched glass or a plate can be used as a mold.
Even shells make good molds. "But let me warn you," Cynthia
says with a smile, "this can really be addictive."
In addition to imagination, a light touch and an occasional
break are all it takes to become an accomplished miniature
artist. In fact, Cynthia advises, "If you're tired, just stop
for a while, then come back to it." And you won't have any
trouble coming back. In fact, after experiencing hours of
enjoyment and creativity applying these techniques you'll
find it hard not coming back.