I introduced small paintings on wooden tags to my product range in 2018. I had no idea that they would become quite so popular and so now they are a permanent addition to the range of artwork for sale. This year I am concentrating on having several of one design in stock so that I can keep up with demand. Painting small works of art can be a strain on the eyes, particularly if you are painting in true miniature style. Here are some tips for those who like to work small:
- Invest in some magnifying glasses. These help you to see more accurately where to place the brush strokes.
- Use good quality brushes for the task.
- Trim old brushes to use before throwing them away and use them until they no longer give accuracy.
- Take regular breaks to rest the eyes. I tend to work for an hour then have a 15 – 30 minute break. Wearing magnifying glasses continuously tires the eyes quite a bit.
- Don’t get too precious or precise over your brush strokes unless you are attempting a proper miniature painting (these need a great deal of precision)
- Use the small paintings as gift tags for friends and family. Small paintings on paper can be fixed onto small cards for this purpose or use pre-cut wooden tags available online or from craft shops.
- Use the small paintings as artist trading cards.
- Have fun!