Friday 6 March 2015

2015 #4 Miniature Village {by Linda Cain}

2015 Theme 4: Miniature Art

Hi everyone, Linda Cain here, joining you this evening with a post about Miniature Art. I've used phrases from Emma Godfrey's wonderful set EEG02 on a village of tiny masonite houses. Stamping on Shrink Plastic and using the words to decorate the houses was easy and fun. Then painting the background and houses with Fresco Paints made a perfect setting for adding details with contrast stamping. 

This set is great for journaling, but I wanted to take it in a different direction this time. All the new colors of Fresco Paint are to die for, so they were perfect for this bright and sassy little creation. These are all the colors I used on the houses that were first base-coated with Snowflake. I like to do this so the colors come out brighter.

I use several different colors on each house, some for the base and others as shading on the edges. Then I add different words to some of the houses. Here I only wanted one of the words to stamp, so I first ink the stamp, and then add a piece of tissue tape over the unwanted area. 

Next I stamped several of the phrases onto Shrink Plastic and trimmed them. You can color some of them in before shrinking, too.  Use a heat tool to shrink them down.  I always keep a heavy stamp block close to flatten them out once they're completely shrunk and still hot. 

This shows several of the images I used with Red, Brown, and Black Archival Inks on the houses. I also used Ink and the Dog Minis #23, #62 and #72.  I cut a piece of cardboard or grey-board for my background and added Blue Oyster with Inky Pool for the sky, and Guacamole with Hey Pesto for the grass. 

Mini 62


Then I break out the White pen to add some highlights to each house. The little Newsprint Bubble stamps  on newsprint scrapbook paper are cut out and added with the stamped Bubbles in the sky area. I used tissue wrap on the backs of the houses to cover the windows. You can start gluing your little Shrink Plastic pieces around on the houses where you like.

I stamped up phrases that I thought were perfect for this setting. In the end, "this makes me happy" was exactly how I felt when this was done. It therefore became the theme of my little creation and was layered onto a piece of black mat board and centered on the picture.

I also used a small stamp from EDY05  by Darcy for adding grass to the bottom of the piece. 

I cut a piece of black mat board as a frame so it can be hung on the wall, or you can add an easel back and set it on your desk.

There are lots of little miniature pieces of chipboard out there, or die cuts that you can paint up. Or, just draw and cut out your own little houses. Use your imagination! I loved how some of the Shrink Plastic ended up arched, as you can see on the first house "life is good". The "too funny" just melted that way and turned out perfect. You could also use a white pen to add your own hand-written thoughts around the project. The possibilities are endless....just get started!!!

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Linda this made me squeal a little when I first saw it... love,love,love this! The colours, the vibrancy and it's houses! what is not to love..the fact it is all teeny tiny just makes it more adorable. Brilliant use of Emma's stamps. Thankyou ~Darcy

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massofhair said...

Liking your miniature village very much Linda, awesome project and i really love how you have used Emma's stamps. Thanks for the inspiration :-) xxx

Helen said...

How wonderful!

Unknown said...

I love the colours and creativity on this piece. Great layout:).

Miriam said...

Love the miniature village. Love the colours and what you have done.

pennylopes54 said...

A colourful and happy mini village with lots of detail. Lovely.

Craftyfield said...

Love the colourful mini houses! Beautiful project.

Art By Wanda said...

Fabulous project, Linda!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carol said...

Absolutely love this! So colourful and great use of the stamps.

Hazel Agnew said...

Colourful, fun and lots of inspiration! X

Julie Lee said...

I love little houses and you have created such a fun project with all these unique little homes. As always your mastery of stamping and using Frescos is superb! Love this, Linda xx

craftimamma said...

Love it Linda! Lovely little urbanscape!

Lesley Xx

Kathi said...

Such a fabulous project that makes me happy too!

Wouldn't it be fun to live in a village filled with brightly colored houses?

Linda M. Cain said...

Yes Kathi, it really would!

Emma Godfrey said...

This is fab Linda! I love how you've used my stamps! :)

Lisa H said...

I love this Linda! It makes me happy. ;-)

Kirsten said...

So gorgeous! I would move into one of those houses today. :)

craftytrog said...

Love, love, love!!! xxx

Unknown said...

Love your little village such a cute place xx

Linda M. Cain said...

They were so fun to work with Emma!

Kezzy said...

WOW WOW WOW absolutely gorgeous funky bright coloured project. I love how you use such bright colours with lots of doodling, totally amazing. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx