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    I love minis! I love everything about them, but mostly I love building dollhouses, custom dressing furniture, and designing new things in almost every scale. You can see all my mini work (oodles of eye candy) at http://www.debsminis.com

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  1. I'm heartbroken as well. Wolfie had a special place in my heart and it's sad to think of a world without her in it. Here's the link for her member of the month article in the Gazette: http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/dollhouse_news/FEB2008/feb2008-mom.html
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    I'm heartbroken this evening. Tracy called to tell me and I'm just at a loss. I can't think of any words to say, but I think Selkie would like me to share this. She chose her name here on the forum based on the legend of the Selkie Woman as told by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I found this recording of the story for you. https://sarahsutcliffe.com/2014/09/28/march-2014-seal-woman/ It meant a lot to her.
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    Barn by the Road.JPG

    Oooh, I know a great brush for grass and you'll have half a dozen laying around. LOL! Those cheap craft brushes include some small, round "boar's hair" brushes. Cut them way down and thin them out a little so there's a bit of a flat side to it so you can do a "flicking up" stroke to create the illusion of little blades of grass. The stiff bristles work like a dream for that. I cut down a lot of those brushes that way. I have a liner that's basically one bristle. It's a good idea to look at the model train stores. Those HO scale builders have crazy-tiny tools! I love looking at them but
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    Barn by the Road.JPG

    Sam, this is amazing!! You've taken mini painting to a whole new level girl and it's fabulous to see!! Wowsers, you really do rock at this!!! Kevin does speed painting videos and they are gorgeous although speed painting tutorials don't have a lot of instruction so for you to do this on your own is incredible. If you're looking for some other artists that do landscapes, try Clive5art. He has some gorgeous landscapes as well as other beautiful paintings. He also has a delightful accent and a dry wit which makes it fun to listen to him. Based on what you've done so far, I'm willing to bet
  5. Yes ma'am, it sure is! In fact, I think it's part of the original description. LOL!
  6. @Samusa, Lynette used three 16x20 canvases to paint night skies and tree landscapes to go behind her quarter scale Christmas village and it looks amazing! It's like having a wintery forest behind the houses.
  7. Thank you! I just realized that the description doesn't match the painting. This is a macro shot of a sunset painting less an one inch. The backdrop I did for Tracy's micro house is in the other album. I'm so lost these days that I didn't even realize I'd created two albums. LOL!
  8. <wrapping my arms around you in a huge hug> Selkie, my sweet friend, if you were ever to pop over for a paint date, I'd probably try to keep you forever. LOL! That would be most awesome! <grinning> And what a wonderful rabbit hole it is too! The best painting paper is Canon's watercolor paper and I think the 140lb cold pressed is the one most recommended for acrylic painting. To help cut down on the curling/warping, you can tape the paper down to a flat, nonabsorbant surface with frog tape which peels cleanly off the paper after it's dried. Of
  9. Jane has only done the one micro specific tutorial (so far), but as Samantha has discovered, a lot of her 1:1 paintings can be done in mini. Can I recommend a couple for you to try to get started? This one is a cherry blossom branch in front of a serene mountain background and it would be easy to do in mini. Try it in a 2x3 size first (that's sofa sized for a 1:12 house) first to get the hang of it. When she gets to the cherry blossoms, if you're not comfortable using a brush, use a toothpick instead. Or dip the end of your brush handle in paint and gently dot it on the painting to make c
  10. LOL! Yep, she's been called the Bob Ross for this generation and I'd agree. She's very calm and serene (although she has a killer sense of humor) and her teaching skills are superb. You know my scrambled brain has a hard time processing information but there's something about the way Jane teaches that gets thru all that static. Oh Holly, when I discovered that I could understand it, I broke down and bawled like a baby because it had been so very long since I'd been able to learn anything new and a life without learning anything new is torture. But the way she teaches connects the circuitr
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    Misty Mountains

    I realized that I got the measurement wrong in the description. This is a 2x3 canvas board and the boards have way too much of a noticeable weave in the canvas. (they're intended for students to practice on) Regular canvas or watercolor sketching paper works much, much better.
  12. Sam, now that you've done one, you're catching on quickly to how easy it is! This took about fifteen minutes and I was using paint left on my palette from another painting I'd just finished.
  13. <clapping in delight> Sam, that's amazing!!!! isn't it fun? It's so much easier than it seems but the end result looks so fabulous that it's just like magic. Jane says "put this much of this color paint on your brush and put it here" and before you know it, there's a gorgeous painting right there under your hand! And you're quite right that you can do this on cardstock or sketching paper or any stiff paper with a bit of a tooth. (If cardstock is too slick, lightly graze it with the fine side of an emery board just enough to take off the slick coating of the paper) <happy dancin
  14. Here's an extreme close up of the micro painting I did this morning (sorry about the quality but I didn't have my macro lens and light box set up). You can see that the canvas weave I was talking about is smooth enough to not be too distracting. That's a 3/4 x 5/8 section so it's not too bad. http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/?app=gallery&module=gallery&controller=view&id=131139
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    Miniature paintings

    I've been doing whatever I can to stay creative and painting on canvas has become my new outlet. Of course you know it wasn't long before I tried scaling it down to miniature because I have lots more space on the walls of my dollhouses than I do in my real life house. LOL! But mainly it's because miniatures are still my passion so whenever I can, I paint something tiny.
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