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Vol. 1 No. 4 Autumn 2014

dollhouse miniatures on a shoestring budget

Cover Ar t by Patr icia Paul

miniature resources featured artisans

miniature printies tips, hints & tutorials

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utumn, my favorite season. It’s a popular one among miniaturists, as well. The colors of the leaves as they turn and fall are inspiration enough, but include in that the vibrant fruit of a great harvest of apples, pumpkins and gourds and you have makings of a wonderful miniature scene or display. Autumn is also a time to pare down and tidy up in preparation for winter. I know I will be spending many more hours than the rest of the year indoors and in my studio, so I need to get that cleaned up and organized. See the article on my studio here. I also share some hints & tips on how to store all those tiny bits we tend to accumulate as miniaturists on these pages. More hours spent indoors on this hobby we all love so much gives us more time to play or just experiment with new techniques and indulge in a tutorial or two. Ada is always there for us with an new how-to. Check out what she is up to here and here. Need some help figuring out what glue works best for your mini project? Don’t miss Part Two of Dan Bergeron’s article on adhesives here! Have a doll to dress? Turn to this tutorial on an early 19th Century ladies’ riding habit.

Although I was out and about, enjoying the perfect weather we were lucky to experience this summer, I did manage to squeeze in a few hours of creative miniatures and made quite a bit of progress on my Trash-To-Treasure project. The Manhattan apartment of my dreams is really coming along. See what great miniatures you can create using only what you already have on hand here! Last, but certainly not least, is out interview with miniaturist, Patricia Paul, who creates some wonderful work that she shares with us here. Isn’t her work on the cover of this issue fabulous? I love the autumn and as I write this, find myself feeling very inspired to go right into my studio and finish all those little creative miniature projects that have spent the summer waiting for me to complete them. Maybe I’ll even share a few of those mini projects in an upcoming issue of creative Miniaturist!

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I have always been interested in miniatures since I was very small. I always loved the smallest things. Animals, dolls, packages. And I did have a dollhouse as well that I played with a lot, but then was passed on to a cousin. I loved Barbie, mostly because she had all of those accessories. I started reproducing paintings done by famous artists of the past in miniature. Then started making furniture and painting those pieces in a folk art style. I think I might have first made a Noah’s ark copied from a full size folk art piece. From there I wandered into the scary and spooky when I made my son - who loved spooky things - a haunted doll house. He wanted a castle but not a fort so we went for the haunted Victorian. He wanted an articulated skeleton and I found one made of plaster and naturally, he broke it. He was eight. So I plopped it into a chair that I aged and put a book in its hands and that started my line of Haunted Housewares. I still do that kind of thing because its popular. But now I have started to sculpt animals and fur them with natural fibers and really want to do more of that. I am in addition to a mini lover, also an animal lover, and without noticing, have loads of mini animals in my collection.

A lot is Victorian, I suppose. Modern is so not for me. I do like Tudor and some of my haunted things have gone that way. Only 1:12. But I have done 1:144 in the past, copying antique German pieces then taking off that German shop idea other places. But really just 1:12. Honestly, I think its about equal between creating and collecting. I love the thrill of the hunt. And I love that flash of inspiration and then carrying it through to the creation at the end. Its also thrilling to have customers really excited to have a piece of mine.

Mixed media has always been my game. I go from wood, to acrylic paint to polymer clay, Paperclay, to fabric and all around again. I also like transforming commercial pieces to live a different life. I belong to IGMA, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, have been a Fellow since 1988 and currently sit on the Board: http://IGMA.org. I also belong to THECAMP, a Yahoo group of devoted miniaturists: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/THECAMP/ info, as well as several Facebook groups. I also belong to NAME, but they seem to fancy smaller scales.

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I sell just about everything I make and have very few pieces in my own collection. I think that once I am finished and ready to move on to the next thing, I’m done and can let it go. I have tried to keep a few things, like my 80 hand carved animal Noah’s Ark, but I usually get talked out of them. I sell just about everything I make and have very few pieces in my own collection. I think that once I am finished and ready to move on to the next thing, I’m done and can let it go. I have tried to keep a few things, like my 80 hand carved animal Noah’s Ark, but I usually get talked out of them.

http://PatriciaPaulStudio.com my website http://stores.ebay.com:heretherebeghots my eBay store http://patriciapaulstudio.etsy.com Etsy shop And the occasional show. I love the IGMA show and the Sturbridge show that happens every June.

Sadly, no one in my family is interested in miniatures, not even my daughter who did have a wonderful doll house when she was little. I have it now and its waiting to be redone. Right now its pink. My son is probably the most appreciative and he wants to be a jeweler. I have a Victorian dollhouse in my foyer and several room boxes around the house along with a few shops. There is much too much socked away in boxes unseen. I really have to get that stuff displayed.

That depends upon what your goal is. You can absolutely do miniatures on a shoe string budget. And I mean literally picking up junk and making minis out of it. Here’s a before and after. All that junk was turned into the pet shop accessories you see. (I added the plaid fabric and paint and glue. ) Its basically a way of seeing and turning what you see into a piece of art. This kind of work is actually closer to art than just making in miniature a piece you have seen in full size. IMO.

I buy art supplies from Dick Blick. I shop on Ebay both for pieces for my collection and for bargains that I can bash.

CM: What are you currently working on? Today I have been painting some porcelain bisque pieces I acquired from artisan Joan Westphal. I have an order for a unique room box that I am planning in my head. I have several pieces of Bespaq that need some paint and gothic upholstery along with some sculpted embellishments. I want to seriously concentrate on improving my animal making skills. And there is that doll house of my daughter’s I would like to turn into a folly of some sort with a strange world wide collector who lives in it.

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Meet Ada Holloway . . .

“I have made miniatures off and on since the 1980’s. All kinds of media, especially leather and beads, are fun for me. A few months after retiring from teaching, I found a miniature store near me, Huntley House Miniatures in Riverbank, CA, and I have been teaching there for the last three years. It has been a challenge to create a new project for each week’s Make and Take classes. My goal is to raise the skills of my students and to convince them that they can make some beautiful miniatures. Along the way we have found a great group of people, close friends, and lots of fun. I also love designing, and I am working on a line of easy to make furniture for the beginner. I’m learning to use Sketchup, a free CAD program, so I can share precise plans with my students. I do not want to make 20 of this and 20 of that, but I do commission work and sell my minis. My focus is on designing new projects and to make it possible for more and more people to make their own miniatures.”

Contact Ada at: ada.holloway@yahoo.com


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January 10 Florida Dollhouse & Miniatures Flea Market Port Orange, Florida email: helensullivan40@yahoo.com January 17 Arizona Miniature State Day Mesa, AZ www.phoenixminiatures.com January 17 & 18 Molly Cromwell Presents Florida Gulf Coast Miniatures Festival Sarasota, Florida http://www.mollycromwell.com/shows.html C R E A T I V E

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January 24 Tom Bishop presents Southern California Miniature Show & Sale Fullerton, CA http://www.bishopshow.com/ January 27, 28 & 29 CIMTA Trade Show Las Vegas, Nevada http://www.cimta.com/

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February 7 & 8 Nostalgia in Miniature Show and Sale San Diego, CA http://sdminiatureshow.com/details


February 14 Miniatures West Show and Sale Culver City, CA www.miniatureswest.com February 14 & 15 Molly Cromwell Presents Orlando Miniatures Festival Orlando, Florida http://www.mollycromwell.com/shows.html February 28 Phoenix Annual Dollhouse Miniature Show & Sale Phoenix, Arizona http://www.phoenixminiatures.com/index.php?inc=3 February 21 & 22 Central Coast Dollhouse & Miniatures Show & Sale email SimplyHeart1@att.net

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March 7 Tom Bishop presents Atlanta Miniature Show Atlanta, GA http://www.bishopshow.com/ March 7 & 8 Seattle Miniature Show Seattle, WA http://seattleminiatureshow.com March 14 Les Petits Collecteurs of South Florida Dollhouse & Miniature Show & Sale Boca Raton, FL https://sites.google.com/site/lespetitsclub March 21 & 22 Netherlands Int’l Dolls House Show Netherlands http://www.mollycromwell.com/shows.html March 22 First State Mini Club’s Annual Show and Sale New Castle, DE www.firststateminiclub.org

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April 16, 17 & 18 Three Blind Mice Miniature Show Chicago, IL http://www.3blindmiceshow.com/ April 11 & 12 The Miniature Society of Cincinnati Dollhouse & Miniature Show & Sale www.cincy-miniatures.org April 18 & 19 Mini Les Bois presents Annual Dollhouse & Miniatures Show and Sale Boise, ID email minigalb@aol.com April 26 Lancaster / Reading Dollhouse Miniatures Show & Sale Lancaster, PA. http://www.dollhouseminiatureshows.com/

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May 4 Syracuse Dollhouse & Miniature Show Liverpool, NY email: judyoplinger@yahoo.com May 8 & 9 Three Blind Mice Miniature Show Ann Arbor, MI http://www.3blindmiceshow.com/ May 23 Tom Bishop Madrid Dolls House Miniatures Fair Madrid, Spain http://www.bishopshow.com/ May 24 The Greater Cleveland Miniature show Willoughby Hills Email: minicellar@sbcglobal.net C R E A T I V E

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September 12 & 13 The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys Miniature & Doll Show & Sale May 30 & 31 Molly Cromwell Presents Sturbridge Miniatures Festival http://www.dmmdt.org/fallshow.html Sturbridge, Massachusetts September 13 http://www.mollycromwell.com/shows.html Fairport Dollhouse & Miniature Show Fairport, Rochester, New York June http:// June 27 Branson Dollhouse Show September 19 Branson, MO Laurel Doll, Bear & Miniature Show www.BransonDollhouseShow.com Lawrenceville, PA

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August 8 & 9 IGMA Teaneck, NJ http://www.igma.org/guild_show August 15 & 16 Three Blind Mice Miniature Show Dayton, OH http://www.3blindmiceshow.com/

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September 18 & 19 Atlanta Miniature Society Miniature Show & Sale Atlanta, GA www.atlantaminis.org September 27 Buffalo Dollhouse & Miniature Show The Hearthstone Manor Depew, NY

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Creativeminiaturist vol 1 no 4  

The Autumn 2014 Issue of creative Miniaturist creating dollhouse miniatures on a shoestring budget

Creativeminiaturist vol 1 no 4  

The Autumn 2014 Issue of creative Miniaturist creating dollhouse miniatures on a shoestring budget

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