Thursday, May 13, 2010

Miniature Painting - Hush Little Mouse

Hush Little Mouse
3 x 3.5 inches
Acrylics on Drafting Film
What fun I had with this little painting. I have to say a huge thank you to Deb and to Akiko for inspiring me to try the acrylics on the drafting film. After working for a few years now with pencils on drafting film, and so already being a big fan of this surface, it was only after seeing the beautiful paintings done by Deb and Akiko, that I thought to try the acrylics also. Wow - this is definitely my new medium. It was easy to build up transparent layers, and because of the nature of acrylics, you have the freedom to work either from dark to light or light to dark. I never thought I would be a convert from watercolours to acrylics, but after trying them on this surface, I would say I am!!!

13 comments:

Dors said...

WOW Karen. You never cease to amaze me. This is awesome and Acrylic on Drafting film. It's wonderful.
Love it. and well done for stepping out of your comfort zone.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Dors - your comments always mean a lot to me :)

AutumnLeaves said...

This is just so beautiful. I love whimsical pieces such as this. They keep what little is left of the child inside.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

That's just why I enjoy doing them too Sherry - thank you ☺

Vic said...

Awww this is so sweet Karen, and you have taken to Acylics very well.....strange that you are starting out with it first on Drafting Film and me on Stone/Slate lol....could not be more different.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Vic - I searched your other blog, but I couldn't find any images that had your work with acrylics - I would love to see what you are doing :)

DEB said...

I inspired you? That seems like an upset in the universe! :) You're the one who turned me onto drafting film. So I guess we've come full circle. What I love too about the acrylics on film, is if you need to rework an area, or if you just want to change a highlight, you can use an exacto to easily lift the paint from the surface...not as easy to do with the pencils on drafting film. Plus, I think you can get much higher contrast with the acrylics than with watercolor or pencils on this nonabsorbent surface. Thank YOU for the inspiration Karen!

MariCrea said...

I like very much
Mari from Italy

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

LOL Deb - I think it is wonderful that we can draw inspiration from each other and thank you for the hint about exacto.
Lovely to hear from you Mari :)

Artoholic said...

Karen, I really enjoy your fantasy pieces - it allows so much more of YOU into the work.

Acrylics on film - wow, doesn't it buckle at all? I think I tried watercolour/calligraphy on film ages ago, and it curled up like a dead leaf. Although it may have been tracing film, thinner than drafting film.

Great stuff!

Cheers,

Cindy

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Cindy, I think it would have been tracing paper. I tried the watercolours on the heavy duty tracing paper ages ago, and was going beautifully until I added too much water and it did buckle like a leaf LOL. The watercolours sit on top of the drafting film and take ages to dry but the film doesn't buckle at all. The drafting film isn't so great for washes with watered down acrylics, but otherwise the acrylics work really well.

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Karen, I love your fantasy work and this is a beautiful piece. So sweet! Drafting film is great for so many uses.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

It sure is Barbara, and yet it amazes me how many artists have never heard of it. I get so many emails, as I'm sure you do too, asking me what it is, and where you can get it. :)