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"How to Frame a Miniature Artwork" -

Supply List for Framing Miniature Artworks


Show 3/2 - 3/23/24 — Elizabeth Specht Memorial Miniature in Mariposa Art Show, Sierra Artists Gallery, 5031 CA-140, Mariposa, CA 95338,

Show 5/4 - 6/1/24, due 4/24/24 — Seaside Art Gallery 33rd International MIniature Art Show, 2716 Virginia Dare Trail So., Nags Head, NC, Contact 252-441-5418,

Show 6/8 - 6/15/24, due 4/12/24 — Hilliard Society of Miniaturists Annual International Exhibition, Town Hall, Wells, Somerset, United Kingdom, Contact

Show 6/26 - 7/26/24, due 4/29/24 online submission — Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors & Gravers (RMS), Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, London, England,

Show 7/1 - 7/26/24, due 6/22/24 — The 19th Annual Heartland Art Guild International Miniature Paintings & Sculptures Art Show. Contact Jean Cook, 785-521-0449,, or Patsy Bortner, 913-244-4587,

Show 7/3 - 8/2/24, due 5/17/24 — Parklane Gallery 32nd Annual International Miniature Art Show, 130 Park Lane, Kirkland, WA 98033,

Show 11/10 - 12/28/24, due 9/13/24 — 40th Annual Cider Painters of America International Exhibit, 370 Pierce Street, Kingston, PA 18704, Contact 570-287-5589.

Show 11/6/24 - 1/11/25 — MonDak Miniature Show, Mondak Heritage Center, Sydney, MT, 406-433-3500.

Show fall 2024 — 91st International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC (MPSGS), Rockville, MD. In May 2024, visit for info. All works viewable online. Contact

(many of these are out of print but often available "used" thru

1. Miniature Painting: A Complete Guide to Techniques, Mediums, and Surfaces
by Joan Cornish Willies; softcover, 144 pages, c. 1995
* reprinted in 2016. Can be purchased in hardback or softback at Echo Point Books, 802-257-6900.
Step-by-step instruction showing how to paint landscapes, still lifes, portraits; info on various media, surfaces, materials. Only her work shown. Well illustrated in color.

2. Painting Miniatures
by Pauline Denyer-Baker; softcover, 176 pages, c. 2014
Interesting and detailed book on supplies, techniques, and history of miniature art.

3. Painting Miniatures
by Elizabeth Davys Wood; hardcover, 128 pages, c. 1989
Step-by-step instructions, list of materials. How to paint landscapes, flowers, animals, portraits, children and silhouettes. Only her work shown. Well illustrated in color.

4. The Techniques of Painting Miniatures
by Sue Burton; hardcover, 144 pages, c. 1985
The work and techniques of various artists with their hints, material lists. Well illustrated in color.

5. How to Paint Miniatures
by Robert Hughes & Elizabeth Johnson; hardcover, 80 pages, c. 1994
Step-by-step projects by various artists in different media; includes portraits. Well illustrated in color.

6. Big Art Small Canvas
by Joyce Washor, 144 pages, c. 2006
Joyce's painting technique is quite "loose." Her book notes "paint easier, faster & better with small oils."
Well illustrated in color.

7. Looking for Eulabee Dix, The Illustrated Biography of An American Miniaturist
by Jo Ann Ridley; softcover, 304 pages, c. 1997
An interesting biography; provides history and technique of miniature painting. Some of Dix's portraits can be seen at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Well illustrated in color.

8. Love and Loss, American Portrait & Mourning Miniatures
by Robin Jaffee Frank; hardcover, 358 pages, c. 2000
Well illustrated in color, reproduces over 100 miniatures; discusses their role in American art history.

9. Color: A Natural History of the Palette
by Victoria Finlay; soft or hardcover (448 pages), c. 2002
Blend of travelogue and historical exploration about the ways color takes on meaning; author traveled the world in search of ancient sources of natural colors & recounts the surprising chemical processes by which everything from stones to insects to mummies have been transformed into precious pigments for paint, dyes, and varnish.

10. Miniatures: Dictionary and Guide
by Daphne Foskett; hardcover, 702 pages, c. 1987
Reference guide for miniature collectors. Over 1,000 illustrations; details methods for dating miniatures from clothing and style.





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