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The world in miniature

Part 4 Rosemary Bentley introduces her style of painting a portrait in miniature on white polymin

Miniature

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to paint a portrait in miniature

Practise the pointillist technique

How to create detail in miniature

Detail from Punting on the Cam. The face began with a light wash of cadmium red and light yellow before building up the skin tones using the pointillist technique and adding ultramarine into the shadow areas.

I often demonstrate the painting of a miniature at my local art society exhibition and one of the most frequent comments made is: I never realised that people could still paint like that. I always assure visitors that there are many of us who do and that the painting of miniatures is still very much alive and well.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's issue is packed with practical advice, demonstrations, tutorials and tips and techniques for drawing and painting your favourite subjects, from materials and colours to the techniques and ideas you need to produce beautiful paintings. Learn how to loosen up your style as you use outdoor techniques for painting at home, or how to transform a dull photograph into a vibrant sunset scene. Understand the value of edges in your work, how to inject life and character into your drawings and paintings of cats, and be inspired to paint summer-themed still lifes. There's a beginner's introduction to Brusho as well as demonstrations in watercolour, acrylics, water-mixable oils and oils.