While I'm catching up a little on projects I finished a while ago, I thought I should probably post about a portrait miniature which I painted last spring. Aubry, a truly lovely historical costumer, had contacted me about doing a miniature of her husband in late 18th century style and clothing. This gave me the opportunity to paint a miniature on actual ivory, something I'd not before attempted.
Painting on ivory was definitely an... experience. As much as I thought polymer clay wasn't absorbant, ivory was even less so. Very, very slick. After a bit of trial and error, I found that the best way to apply the paint was in very tiny, little brush-strokes. A sort of stippling in tiny lines instead of dots, if that makes sense.
I can totally see how one would need all the years of an apprenticeship to be able to call one's self a miniaturist! The skill is definitely one that requires practice.