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Friday, November 30, 2012

Canvas Boards


I'm very anxious to keep working on the structure of my artist's studio, but I'm out of wood and disposable income thanks to Hurricane Sandy.  So instead I've been making random miniatures to put inside the artist's studio with any odd materials that I have laying around.  The result are these canvas boards.  Most of them are going to stay blank, but I want to put images on a couple.  I should have probably changed the part that reads "8x10" on the back, since they're not to 8"x10" scale, but I still like the way they turned out.

They are made of a layer of thick cardstock that I used to print out the Fredrix canvas board backing.  I then took thinner drawing paper and wrapped it around the backing to make it thicker and appear more like an actual canvas board.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Finished Kindle with Amazon Box




I'm becoming obsessed with making actual things I have around my house into miniature form.  And although I have a Nook in real life, I wanted to make mini Kindle so I could use the classic Amazon.com box.  It took a few trials to make the Kindle because the first couple developed a green tint. 

Now onto my next project...I want to make a little scene, but have no idea what to do.  Maybe a potting table?  Or craft table. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Finished Packages





Here is the result of my post yesterday.  The template needs a little adjusting because I want to make different sizes as well, but I like the result.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/maria609

Friday, November 23, 2012

Miniature Mail and Inkscape

I was looking for, and of course, couldn't find my Adobe Creative Suite software.  It's very dated (it's version 2 and version 6 came out in May 2012), but all I really use is Illustrator.  Anyway, as my budget stands, I can't afford a new version so I browsed the web for alternatives.  I found a program called Inkscape, and so far I love it.  For one, it's free versus the $600+ price tag for Adobe.  I have no affiliation with Inkscape, but I'm just thrilled to have found a vector graphics program because I've been sitting on an idea for a while: miniature mail; specifically, miniature packages.

Right now I've created a template for miniature Amazon.com packages with the smile logo and Zappos.com packages with their logo, and I'm about to start on miniature letters.




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's Holiday Time!



I've been working to create some minis to post on my Etsy shop and thought it was time to make some holiday-inspired miniatures.  One of my favorite things to do with finished dollhouses it to decorate for the different holidays.  The ornaments were made out of beads that I've had for years and years.  When I looked at them to other day, I thought they reminded me of those ornaments that were really thin and would break easily.  These are obviously much more durable.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sketch Pads



I made these tiny sketchpads by rescaling real sketchpad covers on the computer and then printing them out on card stock.  I added some papers and a cardboard backing to make it look more realistic.  Then I used 24-gauge wire for the binding.  I hope to make a bunch more of these because I really like the way they turned out.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bienvenidos

I'm finally back and able to focus on making minis again!  After a move and change of jobs, I can finally relax and make time for my favorite hobby.  Luckily, my artist's loft made it safely through the move with only a minor piece of the ceiling beam falling off.  Unfortunately, I won't make the Creatin' Contest deadline, but that's okay.  I'm so excited to get back to crafting!