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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Jun-18 > The world in miniature

The world in miniature

Part 1 Bill Mundy introduces a new series on painting miniatures with a look at the history of miniature portrait painting and the materials used, then and now

Miniature painting

Jade , watercolour on vellum, 33⁄4x3in. (9.5x7.5cm)
Spike Milligan , watercolour on vellum, 33⁄4x3in. (9.5x7.5cm)


The history of miniature painting

Understand the materials used

Before I demonstrate the stages in painting a miniature portrait next month, a short history of the art may be of interest to the aspiring miniaturist. In the Middle Ages illuminated manuscripts, bibles and books of hours all contained miniature portraits.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginner and amateur painters, you will find everything from watercolour flowers, animals and landscapes to introductions to water-mixable oils and miniature portraits, coloured pencil techniques for drawing a still life with just four colours, drawing ideas, step-by-step acrylics and oils, and a scratchboard demonstration of a cat. Find out about the latest exhibitions, books and art club activities and join in our competitions to win fantastic prizes.