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The world in miniature

Part 3 Follow Peter Hayton as he demonstrates how to produce a miniature marine painting, from explaining the materials he uses to the finishing touches


Learn and understand the discipline of painting a miniature

How to blend washes in a small surface area

Learn to paint intricately fine detail in miniature

The finished painting Well Chilled off the Purbeck Coast, watercolour on Aquarelle Arches 140lb Hot Pressed 100% cotton paper, 5x7in. (12.5x18cm)

My love for miniature painting came initially from my mother, who painted miniature cat and dog portraits for over 30 years after she retired. I used to joke that I painted miniatures, because I didn’t have time to paint large paintings, but the truth is a miniature painting can take as long as a large one and is far more intensifying on the mind. This is the main reason I paint my ‘little pictures’. I love the concentration you have to put into them and the visual reward when you finish them. The sense of achievement is really surprising and it focuses people on the subject.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the Summer issue of Leisure Painter, where we aim to cover all your favourite media and subjects . In this month's issue you will find all the help you'll need for drawing or painting landscapes, flowers, animals, harbour scenes, seascapes, weather effects and more in watercolour, acrylics, oils, pastels and drawing media. Learn how to find the perfect view when sketching outdoors and find confidence-boosting tips for painting in public when you venture out this year. From how to make marks in graphite and reproduce textures in nature to three important considerations when painting from photographs, enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter