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I’ve done tiny canvases before but I’ve done either mixed media pieces using Shrinky Dinks and/or other items (such as beads) or I’ve shrunk photos of my original art down to tiny canvas size so I could print it out and glue it to the canvas. This is the first time I’ve ever attempted to do a straight acrylic painting on such a small canvas.

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Carousel Horses at Night
Acrylic on canvas
3 inches x 3 inches
8 cm x 8 cm

This piece is based on a photo of a carousel I took at night at the recent Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. I basically shrunk the photo down to the size of the canvas on the computer then printed it out. Meanwhile I underpainted the canvas in black. I then proceeded to draw a grid on both the printout and the canvas in the same size (I used a white colored pencil for drawing the grid on the latter since it was already painted black). I attempted to draw the picture within the grid on the canvas with my white colored pencil but, for some reason, I couldn’t get the lines to show up at all while I barely got the grid lines to even show up. The surface of the underpaint just wasn’t conductive to draw on with a pencil. Instead I decided to just paint each grid with acrylic paint using very small brushes that are sizes 1/0, 2/0, and 10/0. After I finished painting I added a few layers of clear acrylic gloss gel in order to give it a kind of sheen similar to what one sees in oil paintings. Finally I sealed the whole thing using a gloss varnish.

I worked on this canvas through the Labor Day holiday weekend as well as the first couple of days after the holiday. It was very painstaking work full of details but it was a very satisfying effort.

This morning I’m scheduled to take part in the annual Holiday Craft sale at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi, Maryland starting at 11:30 a.m. and will last until sometime between 12:30-1 p.m. depending on how many people are still browsing the vendor tables.

For those of you who can’t make it, I’m selling some of my work online. Today is the 31st and final day of my special Holiday Sales hype in this blog. And I’m determined to have this series of posts end with a big splash (so to speak).

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This is a Mermaid Barbie and she’s a mixed-media piece. I originally found this doll in a thrift shop. At 5 inches (13 cm) tall she is smaller than the usual Barbie doll but she still has that unmistakable face. It’s possible that she may have been a Happy Meal toy or something similar.

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I took a canvas that measured 7 inches x 5 inches (18 cm x 13 cm) and covered it with a layer of scrapbooking paper that had a watery scene. Then I covered that with a layer of acrylic gel and I attempted to texture it in order to simulate waves. Once that layer dried, I took some more acrylic gel and glued the mermaid’s tail to the canvas.

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I only glued her by the tail so the owner can have the choice of posing her any way that he or she wants (as I attempted to show in these photos). You can now purchase this unique one-of-a-kind art right here.

I currently have this off-beat tiny art illustration on sale in my Etsy shop.

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Yes, I originally drew this when Spike the Hedgehog was still alive and lived with me. I’ve seen people try to create robot dogs (such as Sony’s AIBO) but I began to imagine what if someone created a robot based on a hedgehog and this was the result. I subsequently scanned it into the computer, resized it, printed it out on quality paper, and mounted it on a tiny canvas.

RoboHedgy measures 4 inches x 4 inches (10 cm x 10 cm) and it’s especially for art lovers with limited display space and a limited budget. If you like hedgehogs, robots, or are looking for something unique and different, you can buy it right here.

Today is Small Business Saturday where people are encouraged to shop locally owned small businesses. I am a small business (or I’m trying to be one) so if you’re looking for something special on this special day, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for unique reasonably-priced one-of-a-kind art that doesn’t take up a lot of space in your home, I have this piece currently on sale in my Etsy shop.
Skull Art 3
This art is very small so it’s perfect for people with limited display space. It’s also the ideal gift for people who are into skulls. For more information about this piece, read the post I originally wrote on October 20, 2010. You can order this skull art right here.

If you’re looking for unique reasonably-priced one-of-a-kind art that doesn’t take up a lot of space in your home, I have this piece currently on sale in my Etsy shop.
Blue Frog in Water
Blue Frog in Water
This art is very small so it’s perfect for people with limited display space. It’s also the ideal gift for people who are into teddy bears, music, or both. For more information about this piece, read the post I originally wrote on June 5, 2013. You can order this tiny art right here.

If you’re looking for unique reasonably-priced one-of-a-kind art that doesn’t take up a lot of space in your home, I have this piece currently on sale in my Etsy shop.
Musical Bear
This art is very small so it’s perfect for people with limited display space. It’s also the ideal gift for people who are into teddy bears, music, or both. For more information about this piece, read the post I originally wrote on June 6, 2013. You can order this tiny art right here.

If you’re looking for unique reasonably-priced one-of-a-kind art that doesn’t take up a lot of space in your home, I have this piece currently on sale in my Etsy shop.
Skull Art 11
This art is very small so it’s perfect for people with limited display space. It’s also the ideal gift for people who are into skulls. For more information about this piece, read the post I originally wrote on October 24, 2010. You can order this skull art right here.

If you’re looking for unique reasonably-priced one-of-a-kind art that doesn’t take up a lot of space in your home, I have this piece currently on sale in my Etsy shop.
Skull Art 16
This art is very small so it’s perfect for people with limited display space. It’s also the ideal gift for people who are into skulls. For more information about this piece, read the post I originally wrote on October 27, 2010. You can order this skull art right here.

If you’re looking for unique reasonably-priced one-of-a-kind art that doesn’t take up a lot of space in your home, I have this piece currently on sale in my Etsy shop.
Skull Art 2
This art is very small so it’s perfect for people with limited display space. It’s also the ideal gift for people who are into skulls. For more information about this piece, read the post I originally wrote on October 19, 2010. You can order this skull art right here.

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