Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Doll's Houses at the Museum of Childhood

I had a great visit to the Museum of Childhood yesterday. If you can get to Bethnal Green in London and like Dolls Houses it's well worth a look especially as it's free. I took a few photos that give a flavour of the Dolls House exhibits.















Thursday, 27 March 2008

Make a Sepia Photographic Portrait of Your Dolls House Dolls

Take a digital photo of your dolls. Use the button that allows you to take close ups if you have one. The following instructions are for Adobe Photoshop but there is a lot of software that allows you to make your photos into a sepia print. You may find that you have some without realising.

Use the sepia option on "layer styles" to recolour the picture. Use "effects" to choose the "vignette" option which will put a frame around your people.
Resize your photo to turn it into a mini printable family portrait and pop it in a frame.

You can click and print the photo above to use as a mini printable.




Monday, 24 March 2008

Free Mini Printable Original Painting 12th 24th 16th


Whatever size of dolls house you own you will find a size of painting here to please you. An English Bluebell Wood in widths 8cms, 6cms, 5cms and 4cms. Click on the images all in one go, then print. You are very welcome to have these for for your own personal use to decorate your dolls house, but not for resale as the copyright belongs to me.

Saturday, 22 March 2008

How To Make Miniature Paint Brushes - Free Online Lesson


Click on the photo to enlarge.

1. First find some suitable tooth picks. You may find that wooden cocktail sticks work just as well.


2. Cut them to the required length using nail scissors or a craft knife. Snip the ends to create a bristle effect.


3. Paint the brushes using acrylic paint. Make the handles brown and the bristles black. You can paint the joint with silver acrlic paint or glue a small amount of aluminium foil around the joint.


4. Place with your palette.


You can make a small paint rag by cutting a square of thin cloth and wiping smears of paint on it. If it looks too rigid damp it down when the paint has dried and then tie it with an elastic band and leave to dry overnight. This gives it a crumpled effect..

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

How to Make an Artists Palette Miniature - free tutorial






  1. First find thin some Balsa wood. You can buy packs of this extremely cheaply.


  2. Cut out the shape of a palette using nail scissors or a craft knife.


  3. Push a hole through the palette using a sharp point and work it around to make it bigger.


  4. Rub off any rough edges with a small piece of sand paper.


  5. Paint the palette with one or two coats of varnish as this will strengthen it. You can either use a varnish with a wood stain or add a bit of brown acrylic paint to the varnish.


  6. Put some splatters of acrylic paint on the palette in various colours to give it a used look.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Free 12th Scale Crochet and Knitting Patterns


I was fortunate to be given this lovely 12th scale bed set by a friend who crochets and knits. If you want to have a go at making a cosy cover yourself, you can visit various places on the web to find free patterns.
CLICK HERE for one example.

If you think you may like to make a variety of items you can invest in a book that shows you how to make bedspreads, clothes and a host of other 12th scale knits yourself.

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Free Mini-Printable Dolls House Pastel Pictures


Blue tit, Kingfisher, Parrot and Squirrel



  1. Click, then print the images onto white paper or card.

  2. If you want a white mount for the squirrel print, remember to leave some of the white paper around the edge of the picture when you cut it.

  3. You can place cellophane, clear sticky plastic or acetate on the print to give the effect of glass. Even sellotape will do on a small picture.

  4. Either place the picture in a frame or make a frame for your picture. You can see how to do this on previous postings below.

Please remember the copyright to these images belongs to me. You are welcome to use them for personal use but not for profit. Do not copy them to another website although you may provide a link to them.



Friday, 14 March 2008

How to Make Miniature Fimo /Polymer ClayTools


If you want some tools or other implements why not have a go with Fimo/ Polymer Clay.

  • First get a picture of the tool that you want. It's much easier if you have something to base your model on.

  • Shape the Fimo into your tools. Use a sharp knife or even nail scissors to get neat edges.

  • Cook in the oven to harden following the instructions on your packet.

  • Paint the tools using acrylic paint. Silver acrylic paint gives a nice metalic look, to age them add a little brown.

An additional idea for a shed or barn is to buy a tiny horse shoe which is designed to go on a wedding cake. Rub some brown paint on to age it, and it is ready to hang. Small pieces of Balsa Wood make great wood offcuts and planks to have around.



Thursday, 13 March 2008

How to Scan a Cross Stitch to Make a Dolls House Miniature


Sometimes you may want to copy a cross stitch that you actually own to create a special effect in a room, as in this room with a Swiss effect. Make sure you have removed the glass from your cross stitch and then place it on the scanner. It also scans the texture of the material. Save to your computer and then reduce the size of the photo. I usually use Adobe Photoshop to adjust the size. Print the image and either frame or mount on card.