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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Miniature Transparent Watercolour Workshop 5, quarter scale painting too!


For this workshop I would like explain how if finished the painting shown below as well as start a quarter scale painting. 

Above I'm showing an example of how I have used some of my miniature paintings in settings. This room box was a workshop I did with Brooke Tucker. You can also see some of my china painted porcelain pieces on that are on the right side of the Gift Shop room and shown on the left. I  find china painting very similar to watercolour painting except you fire the layers. I'm sorry there is a glare from some of the plastic I used to make the paintings look like they had glass in front of them.



Before I was finished with this painting I deviated from being completely transparent, this hasn't happened to me very often but the white flowers really needed to look as though they were on top of the paper rather than being the white of the background so I did use zinc white to accent the flowers. I have to admit as well that I didn't leave enough white paper showing through for the flowers. The flowers as part of the white background just didn't work either, they needed more emphasis. Once I was finished adding the final details I removed the tape. I found that I hadn't put the tape on quite straight so I straightened the painting with a light pencil line and added a bit of paint to the top right area. It ended up looking straight, really important for such a small scale, especially for framing. I was happy with the finished painting but did feel I overworked some areas and they weren't really as transparent and light as I would have liked.

Quarter scale version of this original.

First I scanned in the picture and figured out what size it would be in quarter scale and reduced it. If you would like to try it, here is the original scan again for one twelfth scale again and a quarter scale scan. Just right click, save and print it out. You can see below that I have done a simple outline sketch on my paper. Graphite paper doesn't work very well in this small size. If you are just stepping in at this point to try this smaller painting you might like to have a look at my previous workshop notes to see my choices of paints and brushes.


Above I have started doing light transparent washes, the graphite was starting to colour the paint so I erased the pencil lines at this point. There is usually no problem erasing pencil or graphite lines as long as the painting isn't wet and you use an art gomme eraser. I'm using more paints for this painting because a lighter touch is needed with more paint colours rather than glazes as in the previous painting.

I found for very tiny paintings I have to paint with my water and paints much closer to my work. The finer brushes don't hold as much paint and the smaller areas don't absorb the water as well. This is as far I have come with the painting now. I'm hoping to start working on a photo for the next workshop and show you my finished quarter scale painting.
Perhaps I will use this bowl of fruit I took a photo of a couple of weeks ago.
I've taken some photos this week I thought you might like to see.
This was really unusual and I was thrilled to get a few photos of an otter rubbing it's back on the beach and   up in the park while we were walking along the beach in Oak Bay.

This photo I took early one morning on one of our walks, loved the sun just breaking though the cloouds and the reflections on the bench.

Took this photo today of the Rhodos in our front yard with primulas, they have been amazing.

A couple more of my miniature watercolour paintings, That largest painting is 1 and 1/8" in height. I did the painting of the girl with her doll from an antique black and white photo. Fun to translate the black and white into colour. 


  1. Jean, your art work is incredible!

    Absolutely love the photos of the otter.

  2. Wow - Jean, your paintings are amazing! Hard enough to paint in regular size, so I'm very impressed with the minis. Wonderful work.

  3. Jean, your paintings and tutorials are very inspiring and I am going to attempt it in 1 inch scale. But there is absolutely NO way that I am going to even try it in a quarter scale!

  4. Jean, look how much more beautiful a room is with your paintings! Brooke Tucker or the people who took over her business must start collecting from you! :)

    I just love to see how your cottage painting develops more and more with each workshop. I don't know , if losing some transparency makes the painting looks this rich, why not? I like how you are teaching us how to make your white "3D" lol :). Another priceless session. Thank you!

  5. Jean, your paintings are so lovely and I thank you for the tutorial so clear and helpful!!
    The photo of the otter and the primulas are so beautiful!! Thanks for showing them!
    Congratulations for your work!
    Warm regards,

  6. Die Bilder sind wunderschön...

    und ich wünsche Dir Frohe Ostern Jean.

    Liebe Grüße PuNo/Monika

  7. Increible lo bien que lo haces, ademas de explicarlo todo muy clratito.
    Eres una artista!!!!!
    Que cantidad de trabajo para hacer un cuadro tan chiquitin.
    Enhorabuena, te salen GENIAL!!!!!!
    besitos ascension

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  9. Thank you very much for the additional tips about quarter inch scale. I have bought some transparent watercolors and want to try what you have suggested.
    Great work all around.

  10. wonderfull work ¡¡¡¡¡ congratulations¡¡

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