Miniature art draws great attention from all age groups, mainly in China and Japan. Many artists, including Japan’s best-known miniature artist Tanaka Tatsuya, have been working on miniature art. Miniature art has aroused greatly curiosity in our country recently.
What is miniature art?
Miniature is the name given to the art of finely crafted painting with great care. When you apply this to the art of cooking with polymer clay, its name becomes miniature food art. The more patient you are when making these tiny foods with miniature art, the more realistic the models you make will be. The details are very important in miniature objects; so, work with great care and do not give up!
How to make miniature art
Here are the materials needed to make these miniatures; polymer clay in various colors, modeling tools and plenty of creativity!
So, what is that polymer clay? these clays do not dry out spontaneously when they remain uncovered like play dough. Therefore, you can keep the clay in the open area. The feature that distinguishes it from ceramic clays is that; when it is baked at about 110 degrees, it hardens and is too strong to not break. It is more preferred than ceramic clays as it creates a smooth texture and creates an aesthetic appearance.
If you do not want to buy polymer clay in many colors, you can use white clay and color your objects with gouache paint after cooking. Usage areas of miniature art are quite common. You can also design accessories such as earrings, necklaces and bracelet ends with miniature art, as well as magnets, key rings, brooches. Here are a few tips that will make it easy for you to make miniature art with polymer clay:
- Since polymer clay is a very hard dough, you can add baby oil and knead it, according to the softness level you want to achieve.
- If the dough was softer than you would like, you can skim off the excess oil by pressing the dough on a napkin or adding corn starch.
- If you want to give the dough a realistic cake texture, make regular mixing movements with the needle.
- You can prevent your model from sticking to the area you work by using corn starch.
- After baking process, you can capture a brighter image if you apply varnish to your models.