Undersized Urbanite: The Artist's Studio

by brae  

My entry in the Undersized Urbanite contest hosted by Christina at Little Victorian is The Artist's Studio. Voting link at the bottom of this post.

To see a list of posts showing details on how I made things or what materials I used, click this link.

I drew my concept inspiration from The Thomases' Rooftop Artist's Studio (seen in the second gallery in this link) and Nell Corkin's Summer Studio, created in tiny 1:144 scale.

The basic structure is the Loft kit from miniatures.com (this was their 2012 Creatin' Contest kit), though I made several modifications to it, including lowering the height by 5 3/8" and creating an angled front wall.


the first dry fit

After the large window, the most prominent feature on the exterior is The Deck, scratch built by me based on an original real life deck by Trex.  I left off the railing for my rendition since it's rather low to the ground and I didn't want to detract from the overall aesthetic.

I tried to capture the essence of the original while making it my own.


the original inspiration - image from Trex

A special thanks to my parents and the Proxxon scroll saw they gave me for Christmas!  I could not have accomplished this deck without it.

The lights on the steps are from Creative Reproductions 2 Scale.

It's not quite dark yet, so I'll have to take some nighttime photos another time.  :]

Woodrow's comfortable burrow is hidden under The Deck.  Woodrow was also made by *Reve*.

The landscaping is simple and serene, with a retaining wall built around the sides and back.

The scratch-built firewood box hides the switch for the wood stove inside.

The shutter garden was made following a similar life sized piece.

On the opposite side, there's an elegant fountain, but I think I need to do some more gardening on this side.  :D

I painted and upholstered a chaise for The Deck.  The magazine was made by me, and the mug is by Jane Graber.

The shingles are by What's Next and it was an adventure finding a supply for the Studio!  The chimney is made from a spare aquarium filter tube and a button.

The window wall lifts off to access the interior.  The window sits in front of the opening without any attachment beyond some mini hold wax to keep it from shifting.  There's enough of an angle to the front of the building and weight to the window assembly that it will lean in place otherwise.

The rustic wood floor in the main area was installed piece by piece, and the wood ceiling was created using Southern Pine flooring sheets.  The wallpapers are drawing papers: Daler-Rowney Dreadnought Grey for the main area and Canson Ivory for the bathroom.

There is a living area with a daybed from a Realife Miniatures kit, a whimsical cabinet by minisx2 and a scratch built wood stove.  I stitched the blue medallion rug and rewired some vintage Lundby lamps, one of which is from my childhood dollhouse.  The wall art is a cut section of Feathers scrapbook paper by Recollections, glued to a piece of black mat board.  The afghan is by Mary at Roslyn Treasures.

Cross-stitching time for the rug was 154.5 hours on 32 count Jobelan.  Final finishing took only a couple of hours.  The final measurements are 7 7/8" long by 4 5/8" wide.

The wood stove was made from mat board, wood, a plastic small scale window, resin fire, LEDs and jewelry findings.  The firewood is from an old tree cut down in its prime.  The brick surround is egg carton material.

Cora was made by *Reve* and her bed is a basket by Al Chandronnait from miniatures.com, though I added my own tufted insert.

The cardboard deer is from Amazing Miniatures.  I made the sunflower lamp, plants and book.

The forward area on the left side is the art space.

I wish I had such a lovely setup in real life!

There are rustic crate shelves stuffed with books, goodies and objets d'art perfect for creating interesting still life compositions.  Some of these items were purchased, some were gifts and some were created by me.  It would be too long of a list to name them all here.  :]

The artist paper pads were made by me.

There is an easel made using a pattern from Miniature Room Settings by Helen Ruthberg; I made it from basswood and stained it Minwax Cherry.  The stool was purchased from All Small Miniatures.  Lyssa sent me some art papers and wrapped canvases for a swap sometime ago.  I glued one of the papers to mat board and primed it with white paint.

Right now, mine is an ode to all well loved easels when they were first brought home.  :]

The book also had a pattern for a tabouret, which Dictionary.com defines as, "a small, usually portable stand, cabinet, or chest of drawers, as for holding work supplies."  In the interest of time, instead of making my tabouret from the pattern, I shortened a Daisy House floor shelf kit.  It is painted Sunflower by Folk Art.  Lyssa sent me the bead jars, and I finished with labels left over from the paint tube tutorial.

The tiny paint tubes were made from a tutorial by Carol of true2scale.

The lamp from The Dolls House Emporium is wired with one of my signature faux outlets.  :]  The sunflower lamp is also wired this way, but the cabinet hides the outlet.

And, of course, you can't have a cord stretched about waiting to trip you.  I made a cord cover from half round trim with a channel cut to cover the cord.  It is held in place with mini hold wax.

The bathroom occupies the right back corner and has a removable front wall.  The lighting, shower base and toilet are from The Dolls House Emporium.  The tile floor is Greenleaf vinyl tile.  The radiator was made from a Chrysnbon kit.

 The wall sink and soap holder (it has a magnet to hold the soap on) are from Bibian's Poppenhuis, and the mirror is a vintage Lundby piece from Vintage Lundby with a replacement insert made from Darice plastic mirror sheet.

The kitty tea towel is from Marlene.

I made a wood shelf for accessories and toiletries to sit below the octagon window.  I made the pet hair roller and loofah.  The bottle came from Fran, the fox is by Barbara Meyer and the vase was purchased from All Small Miniatures.  The GFCI outlet is a sticker from miniatures.com...love these!

I used a half scale shelving unit for some cleaning supplies, a lightbulb pack and some extra toilet paper.  In real life, you'd want to hide all these necessities, but in mini we just delight in seeing them out in the open.  :D

The chrome hardware was purchased, and I made the terry towel and bath mats.  There is real tissue around the toliet paper holder, and I made the tissue box as well.  It rather matches the shower, doesn't it?  The small metal waste bin is the largest from a set of kitchen canisters.

The hummingbird shower was made from scratch using original artwork drawn by me.

I photographed the artwork, added the grout lines in PhotoShop and made the tile texture with gloss glaze scored with a stylus.  The shower head and water control lever are from ELF Miniatures.

I used a simple washer to serve as an escutcheon for the water control lever.  I added lines of red and blue paint to indicate the hot-cold adjustment.  :D  I glued a Chrysnbon soap dish to the shower wall.  The blue soap and drain cover are also from ELF Miniatures.

Here is my drawing.

And a detail shot.

The baseboard for the bathroom is cut in pieces for inserting the removable wall, which also has a set of baseboard trim pieces.

The wall plaque is from Fran at FranMadeMinis.  I was having a fit trying to find just the right thing for this space, and Fran came through as always!  Fran also made the vintage overnight bag - more on that later.  :D  I made the muslin apron using a pattern from About.com.  It has tiny laser cut wood buttons from Dragonfly International.

In front of the bathroom is the kitchenette.  I envision this building to be an extra space built on a larger lot with a residence...like an efficiency apartment.  So, it wasn't built with the idea of its being a studio, per se, but a small retreat or guest cottage.  Now, it is occupied by an artist, and the cozy warmth inside inspires creativity even if it's not designed to be the most efficient artist studio with the best possible lighting and tons of storage.  To that end, I was very limited with what I could do in the way of fine dining.  :D

The Miele half fridge is from ELF Miniatures, and I recently purchased mini food items to go in and around it.  It's mostly snack foods and refreshments.  There's some wine in there!  :D

Cora has spotted something.

I made two modern block shelves for groceries and dishes to sit on above the fridge.

In order to heat up the soup and make instant oatmeal, I fashioned a hot plate to sit atop the fridge.

And, yes, it has a UL label in the back.  :D

I hope you've enjoyed the tour through The Artist's Studio!  I have a few accessories I didn't have time to complete before the deadline, so this is not the last you'll see of it.  :D

It got dark while I was writing this post!  :O

Voting in the Undersized Urbanite contest starts May 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EST) and closes on May 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EST).  Results found here.

Time for a midnight snack...

64 comments

Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]

You did such a good job! I love everything in here. Your ability to take nothing and turn it into beauty is unparalleled. Great job, dear friend!

05/04/13 @ 20:08
Comment from: April [Visitor]

So many wonderful details, where to begin? Love the cleaners under the sink, all the kitty stuff, the hot plate - including the UL sticker, the lighting outdoors, and of course Woodrowe’s burrow. Another gorgeous build Brae, inside and out.

05/04/13 @ 20:38
Comment from: Chris M [Visitor]

Brae, it’s absolutely wonderful. I followed your posts throughout and your summary blog is delightful. You’re very talented and you’re so generous to share your ideas through your blog. I can’t say enough good things about how fantastic the Artist’s Studio is!

05/04/13 @ 22:32
Comment from: Jaz [Visitor]

Oh Brae! As usual you just blow me away with creativity, talent and attention to detail! Well done and I truly wish you all the very best in this competition. Hugs, J xx

05/05/13 @ 01:39
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]

Amazing. Love the night photo. I could so imagine myself enjoying this space for a retreat.

05/05/13 @ 02:04
Comment from: Carmen [Visitor]

Bravo Brae!!!!!

05/05/13 @ 02:24
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

How do I type applause?

Clap, clap, clap…..

Bravo, my dear, bravo!

05/05/13 @ 02:56
Comment from: Andrea [Visitor]

Oh Brae,
it’s wonderful! Specially at night. The light is so cosy. And I can imaging to paint there at daytime, even if I have to keep a close eye to my brushes (I only say purrrrrrr)
So many wonderful details. I love it!
Andrea

05/05/13 @ 05:00
Comment from: Sarah [Visitor]

The 16th photo looks like your inspiration photo, not the actual miniature!! :D Love all the little details, particularly the animally ones.

05/05/13 @ 07:44
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]

Oh, WOW!!! Your attention to detail is SO inspiring!!! And that you show your methods and share your sources is SO Educational and helpful!!! This project is Awesome…. and you built it so FAST! And there are so many original touches and it looks so real and Authentic!!! You are the MASTER!!! I admire your work Immensely!

05/05/13 @ 08:19
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

Dear Brae! This little structure is absolute perfection. What else can I say? It looks so inviting on that night picture. I would love to shrink myself and knock on the door! Come in, pet the cat, and lounge on the sofa in front of the roaring fire. Best of luck, Brae! I join Keli in her applause!

05/05/13 @ 08:50
Comment from: Jane s [Visitor]

Just absolutely amazing. Your work always inspires and is a example of what a amazing artist can do with imagination!

Thanks for being a fantastic muse &#59;)

05/05/13 @ 09:38
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]

I have really enjoyed following this build! You have done an amazing job, as usual! Best of luck!

05/05/13 @ 09:50
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]

It turned out just wonderful Brae!

05/05/13 @ 10:19
Comment from: rosanna [Visitor]

You never fail to leave me jaw dropped!
Fabulous, fabulous work!
Rosanna

05/05/13 @ 11:32
Comment from: Natalia Frank [Visitor]  

Amazing job as always, Brae! Very detailed too.

05/05/13 @ 12:52
Comment from: Pauline [Visitor]

Fantastic Brae, love following the thinking behind your choices and how you achieved them, just love the shower painted tiles and the fire, the leaf patterned deck, and …. and ….. everything else too, as usual you work is outstanding . Best of luck!

05/05/13 @ 13:33
Comment from: Hannah [Visitor]

I love this! I love the animal underneath the deck, and as I said before I truly love that carpet and the whimsy cabinet. Everything together makes it all so lovely! GREAT job! Hannah

05/05/13 @ 14:33
Comment from: Diane Adams [Visitor]

This piece is absolutely amazing. Such detail. Loved looking at it and will probably go back since there is probably so much more to see than you notice in one viewing.

05/05/13 @ 19:00
Comment from: Norma [Visitor]

Absolutely superb Brae. Obviously a great deal of thought as well as a great deal of work has gone into it. Good luck!!

05/05/13 @ 21:05
Comment from: Fran [Visitor]

Oooh, I wish it wasn’t Undersized! Amazing and fabulous, and an incredible accomplishment – especially given all the time needed to share so generously as the project progressed. I’m thrilled and honored to have contributed.

05/05/13 @ 21:33
Comment from: Josje [Visitor]

A wonderful project Brea! I love your attention to detail.
It was a joy to follow along with this build and a joy seeing so many great photos of it finished. I didn’t realise this was another contest build. I’ll go over and have a look at it all now.

05/06/13 @ 01:18
Comment from: max [Visitor]  

beautiful work. i especially love the ripple blanket on the couch and the feather art work x

05/06/13 @ 02:50
Comment from: Leena [Visitor]

WOW! This is beautiful, the terrace is my favourite. You have really thought of every detail. Amazing!
Your photos of the house are wonderful too, everything looks so realistic.

05/06/13 @ 04:54
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]

Brae,
It’s perfect! Every detail is so realistic!

05/06/13 @ 05:50
Comment from: Christina [Visitor]

Brae, this is breath-taking. There is no way you could tell it’s not life sized. I would LOVE to see this in person.

05/06/13 @ 07:40
Comment from: Monique [Visitor]

This is one fantastic studio!! I’ve really enjoyed all the photo’s, it all came together so well, and I especially LOVE the nightpictures. You’ve done an amazing job, with so much attention to details and the overall look and feel. Of course I’ve voted for you, I really think it’s very good! I hope you’ll win!

05/06/13 @ 08:04
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]

This is just stunning! Unbelievable amount of detail!

05/06/13 @ 08:16
Comment from: Modern MC [Visitor]

Is it okay for me to “hate” you because I LOVE what you create?? ha ha! This steals my heart. I feel like we should start tattooing folks with 1:12 teardrops for every miniature that you “murder” with your CGA = crafty genius awesomeness. Actually there’s a whole list of folks we should tattoo around here… &#59;)

05/06/13 @ 10:46
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

Just stunning Brae. You never cease to amaze me with your designs. I love every single nook and cranny of the studio.

05/06/13 @ 12:54
Comment from: Liduina [Visitor]

Hi Brae, your project had become fabulous. It was a real pleasure to view all your updates and follow your progress.

05/06/13 @ 13:14
Comment from: Marion [Visitor]

Magnificent ! Congratulations on finishing in time too :). Your work is always so perfect, and thanks again for sharing how you create each and every thing with us, you are the best teacher one could imagine :).

05/06/13 @ 13:25
Comment from: Meagan [Visitor]

So this is what ‘killing it’ looks like. I’m just speechless, and so impressed. You’re pretty much my new idol.

05/06/13 @ 13:36
Comment from: Rebecca [Visitor]  

LOVEEE!!!! You are the reason I started building miniatures, and seeing projects like this develop only reconfirms that you are my biggest inspiration! :D

I can’t wait to sit down and have a closer look at everything!! Good luck!

Rebecca
aka Mama’s Mini’s (and broccolianddip on Greenleaf)

05/06/13 @ 14:24
Comment from: Lynn [Visitor]

What’s left to say???? It’s not only your attention to detail - but the meticulous way you do it! Your work is flawless and that totally amazes me. You will win this contest ‘hands-down’ and TOTALLY deserve it!

Best,
Lynn

05/06/13 @ 16:01
Comment from: Judy [Visitor]

You are a “Rock Star” in the mini world.

05/06/13 @ 19:58
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you all so very much! :>> I’m sure you know how much fun I’ve had with this build, even with its challenges and new-to-me techniques. :yes:

05/06/13 @ 22:55
Comment from: marlene [Visitor]

Thank you for adding my tea towel to your wonderful project, you are a star and I love your post showing us how you creat such perfect little worlds.

05/07/13 @ 01:32
Comment from: Neen [Visitor]

Stunning!
Cheers, Neen

05/07/13 @ 11:19
Comment from: Kat from GL [Visitor]

brae,i am breathless.it is simply stunning!!!

05/07/13 @ 12:48
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

brae! Is there Any detail that you have not seriously considered and not incorporated and maximized to its greatest potential???? I am Impressed by EVERYTHING!

elizabeth

05/07/13 @ 13:25
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you so much!!! :>>

05/07/13 @ 22:51
Comment from: Ruth [Visitor]  

Wow, it turned out beautifully! I love your attention to detail and the shower….that is one of my favorite things in the scene. Just love it. I’m heading over to the little victorian to cast my vote. Good luck! I think you have a good chance of winning.

05/08/13 @ 08:27
Comment from: Minis-B-Happenin' [Visitor]

This is breathtaking! So much wonderful detail! I’d go nuts trying to put it all together. Loving the bathroom tile! Good luck to you!

05/08/13 @ 21:36
Comment from: ginger [Visitor]

Wow your house is so amazing, the detail is so life like…where do you buy your miniatures… love it!

05/12/13 @ 09:01
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]

Wow Brae! You’ve done it again! Your creativity and attention to detail is incredible! Beautifully done!

Congratulations!

05/12/13 @ 10:48
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]

I’m trying to decide what part I like the most, but I can’t. ><

This house is beautiful and so realistic looking, Brae.

05/12/13 @ 16:07
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you so much!!! &amp;#58;&amp;#68;

Ginger, if you check the back posts, you’ll see the links to vendors for the things I buy, but I do try to make most of my miniatures myself. &amp;#58;&amp;#121;&amp;#101;&amp;#115;&amp;#58;

05/12/13 @ 22:45
Comment from: Heather [Visitor]

Love, love, love this. I’m determined to get back to mini making. You are always so busy. I don’t know how you do it!

05/29/13 @ 20:24
Comment from: brae [Member]

Aw, thanks so much! I look forward to seeing what you do next! &amp;#58;&amp;#68;

05/30/13 @ 07:59
Comment from: Brittany M [Visitor]

Hi Brae! I am a representative of Trex and just wanted to let you know how impressed we are with your design, especially the deck!

06/19/13 @ 09:07
Comment from: brae [Member]

Aw, thank you so much, Brittany! &amp;#58;&amp;#68;

06/19/13 @ 10:10
Comment from: Ronda Vallejo [Visitor]  

This is absolutely wonderful and the details are perfect! I saw a photo of a leaf deck (real) a couple of months ago and loved it. Your miniature version is fantastic. I love everything about this. &amp;#58;&amp;#41;
Ronda

07/07/13 @ 18:29
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you so much!!! &amp;#58;&amp;#68;

07/08/13 @ 13:05
Comment from: Teddi [Visitor]  

Your work is completely phenomenal - I’m always amazed at your attention to all of the details…

07/20/13 @ 17:40
Comment from: Deni [Visitor]

Now that is the most beautifully made artist studio!
love the deck….very clever!!!!

11/02/13 @ 18:57
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]

I really meant to post about this project when I saw it featured in the mag but unfortunately didn’t and time went on but here I am and I think it’s just marvellous. I’ve so enjoyed reading through it from start to finish. Very well done on getting published with this. It’s inspirational.

11/07/13 @ 11:46
Comment from: Lor [Visitor]  

I founnd youre blog through Nsite looking for a tutorial. when I came across Inspirational mini"s. Ths house is truly AMAZING! you are in fact a true talent in my book in Modern mini and sewing world.

01/20/14 @ 06:13
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!!! &amp;#58;&amp;#62;&amp;#62;

01/21/14 @ 11:57
Comment from: Mini Maniac [Visitor]

You are crazy talented!! Just amazing creativity and artistic abilities. Thanks for sharing!

04/30/14 @ 11:13
Comment from: Sherron Patrice [Visitor]  

Your miniature creations are amazing!!..you have inspired me to return to a long ago left hobby of working with and creating beautiful art in miniature.. THANK YOU! and blessings

06/30/14 @ 08:52
Comment from: Rose [Visitor]

your work is absolutely amazing… the details on each piece is unimaginable. is this just a hobby? work? you’re an architect? great work!!!

01/16/15 @ 09:38
Comment from: Tracey [Visitor]

prettiest shower ever….and I love how you used an artist’s mannequin in your little studio. Perfect finishing touch!

07/10/17 @ 06:00
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much! &#58;&#62;&#62;

07/18/17 @ 07:25


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