Miniature Monet Paintings


These tiny 2 inch square canvases are perfect for painting miniature Monet waterlilies.

First, I painted them with clear gesso and pulled out some Monet books for inspiration…


My technique was simple:

1. Stipple background in soft colors with a stencil brush.  (made transparent by mixing acrylic with gel medium)

2. Fingerpaint water lilies in greens. (large lilies with the pad of my finger, smaller ones with tip)

3. Add outlines around lily pads and paint lilies with small brush. ( having some Monet books to look at helps)

That’s it! As you experiment with colors and sizes of flowers, each one turns out different.

Here are five miniature paintings I made using these 3 steps…

Sometimes I mix colors with my fingers.  It’s messier but faster!

The perfect shade!DSCF2775 DSCF2780 DSCF2796 DSCF2806 DSCF2812

The large stippling brush keeps the background from looking too solid and allows you to create lines in the paint, to show movement of the water…

Finger-painting the lily pads…


Adding details with the tiny spotter brush….DSCF2827 DSCF2832 DSCF2833

This was the picture I used as a reference.

Once you start, it’s hard to stop because each one is so pretty.DSCF2846 DSCF2849 DSCF2852 DSCF2903 DSCF2861 DSCF2895

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I’m also asking for suggestions on what I should do with these tiny paintings.  Make them into necklaces? Pins?  Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and many thanks to all of you who pin my posts.  ~Scarlett
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“All Things Aqua” Challenge for Somerset Studio

My eye is always drawn to the color aqua, especially when it’s set off by black and white.

These mini black canvases were perfect for my submission to Somerset Studio‘s “All Things Aqua” challenge.

I mixed some white acrylic with heavy gel medium and loosely painted two with circles and two with squares

Some aqua paint was added by rubbing some over the dried medium with my fingers, and stenciling over produce netting for texture.  My eye is also drawn to artwork with a large amount of negative space to I was trying to keep a large amount of negative space on these. That’s hard for me because I always tend to over-do it!

A small piece of book text was added onto each one…

Stamped butterflies, painted with aqua paint, were cut out and glued on.

Then something reflective was added to each one.


Finally I sprayed them with a matte finishing spray.

They look cool on these little black easels…

Mini canvases are so fun to work with.  If you want to submit some of your artwork using the color aqua, the deadline for the challenge is August 15th.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see my project.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!